Dept. of the Environment secretary to visit new UMES building

Apr 21, 2016

The interior of UMES' new Engineering and Aviation Science building.
Credit Brian Daniels / WESM-FM

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--Maryland's new Secretary of the Department of the Environment will visit the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Earth Day.

Ben Grumbles will visit UMES between 9:30 and 11 am on Friday, April 22--Earth Day.

Secretary Grumbles plans to visit the new Engineering and Aviation Science building that recently opened on campus at the beginning of the current spring semester. The new building is home to two pilot-trainting simulators, as well as state-of-the-art radio and television production studios for students.

The new building boasts of many energy-efficient features, including a spacious three-story atrium with photo-gray panels that darken when the sun is directly overhead to help with cooling.

A tree planting ceremony is also planned in keeping with the global theme for Earth Day 2016.