College presidents pledge `green' effort on 280 campuses

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Md. leaders join others in vow to fight global warming

June 13, 2007

More than 280 college presidents - including the head of Maryland's flagship public university - pledged yesterday to fight global warming by making their campuses "climate neutral."

Signers of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which was inspired by similar collective efforts among cities and businesses, are pledging to work toward neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions on campus and to increase global warming research and education efforts.

Among Maryland college presidents who have signed the pledge are C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. of the University of Maryland, College Park; Jonathan C. Gibralter of Frostburg University; Joan Develin Coley of McDaniel College; and Baird Tipson of Washington College.

"We must all take significant, lasting action steps to preserve our environment," Mote said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Johns Hopkins University said the private Baltimore university will probably not sign onto the pledge - in part because of technical difficulties measuring the research campus' "carbon footprint" - but will likely use it as a model for a similar initiative.

The climate commitment says signatories have committed to creating a "climate neutral plan" for their campuses within two years, and to immediately taking at least two of these steps:

Adopt "green" standards for buildings.

Buy only products certified as energy-efficient.

Offset emissions caused by air travel.

Encourage public transportation.

Purchase energy from renewable resources.

Use their endowment investments to advocate for environmentally friendly business policies

Gadi Dechter

Montgomery

2002 sniper appeals convictions

ROCKVILLE --Saying a judge made an error in letting John Allen Muhammad conduct his own defense, the sniper's lawyers are appealing his convictions in Montgomery County.

The Maryland Public Defender Office, which is conducting the appeal, also contends that the judge did not provide Muhammad's former defense lawyers with a "meaningful opportunity" to show that he was not competent to stand trial.

Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted on six counts of first-degree murder in Montgomery in the October 2002 sniper shootings that terrorized the area.

They are in prison in Virginia, where Muhammad was sentenced to death and Malvo to life without parole.

The issues raised by Muhammad's lawyers are the same ones his defense team wrestled with before his trial, according to court documents. The appeal was filed earlier this month.

Associated Press

Ocean City

Alcohol linked to 2 teen injuries

OCEAN CITY --Two teens were hospitalized Friday for separate alcohol-related injuries as graduating high school seniors packed this beach resort.

One of the cases was a 17-year-old boy who police say may have consumed as many as 20 whiskey shots before suffering alcohol poisoning.

In another incident, a 17-year-old boy injured himself by jumping from a third-story balcony to a second-story balcony. That boy, who was intoxicated, had to be sedated by paramedics before they could take him to the hospital.

Neither boy was identified because of their ages. Both were expected to recover from their injuries.

Associated Press

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