Cumberland Times-News

April 7, 2014

Frostburg Grows a finalist for national award


Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University’s innovative Frostburg Grows partnership is among 20 higher education finalists for this year’s Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.

 Second Nature is recognizing the 20 colleges and universities that exemplify the mission of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment of addressing sustainability through education, research and community engagement.

As part of Earth Month celebrations, these institutions will be highlighted throughout the month of April in a video competition and in Second Nature’s Celebrating Sustainability series. Voting takes place at www.planetforward. org/content/climate-leadership-awards-2014.

The Frostburg Grows: Grow It Local Greenhouse Project joins FSU in partnership with the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council to convert a reclaimed strip mine and parking lot for FEMA trailers into a greenhouse complex designed to serve multiple purposes.

Operated completely off the grid, the complex is teaching local growers to make better use of their land to increase the availability of local food, cultivating native tree seedlings for stream buffers and other restoration projects and providing a living classroom for FSU students.

Starting April 8, 18 of the institutions will be vying for the most votes in a nationwide public video-voting competition. In partnership with PlanetForward.org, an innovative environmental media project based at the George Washington University, the video competition will run through April 15.

For more information about Frostburg Grows, call 301-687-3136.