Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Presidents' Climate Commitment

The University's Climate Action Plan (CAP) was submitted to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2009. To view the University's plan and a summary of its contents, click here.


Former University President Dan Mote became a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in May 2007. This commitment provides a framework and support for American colleges and universities to eventually become carbon neutral. As a signatory, the University of Maryland is reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from campus operations and moving toward the goal of carbon neutrality.

Over 680 presidents have signed the Commitment and all University System of Maryland (USM) institutions are participating. For the full list see

Climate Action Plan

A multi-stakeholder Climate Action Plan Work Group developed the Climate Action Plan and recommended the timing for implementation. Strategies in the plan address:

  • Power and Operations (power generation, purchased electricity, heating/air conditioning/ventilation (HVAC), refrigeration, buildings)
  • Transportation (Shuttle-UM, commuting, campus fleet, air travel)
  • Solid Waste, Recycling, and Composting
  • Administrative Policies (procurement, new construction, behavior change strategies)
  • Education and Research (core curriculum requirements, other formal education, campus community experience, and research in support of campus climate action and sustainability)
  • Financing

Click here to view the University of Maryland Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Click here to see an overview of the CAP, presented to the University Senate in April 2009


  • The OS completes Greenhouse Gas Inventory reports every summer to track progress
  • The UMD community reviewed a draft Climate Action Plan in spring 2009
  • The final Climate Action Plan was endorsed by the University Senate on September 16, 2009 and endorsed by President Mote on September 28, 2009

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