Sustainability at the University of Maryland

$350,000 is available this year!


Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant from the University Sustainability Fund! The Office of Sustainability received a record number of applications this year with the final count of 55 applications requesting a total of $2,151,000. Thank you to everyone for their dedication and enthusiasm!

The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMD. The Fund will allocate funds to projects that increase the use of renewable energy on campus and/or in the local community, increase the energy efficiency of our facilities, reduce the amount of waste created and material resources used on campus, encourage sustainable behaviors, and integrate sustainability into teaching, research, and service at UMD. The Fund is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority subcommittee of the University Sustainability Council.

Watch the following video and read about the grant recipients to learn more about the type of projects that have received funding in the past.

Who Can Apply for Funds?

Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland community can apply for funds to support projects that will advance the sustainability of the College Park campus. Students who apply for funds can do so on behalf of a student organization or to fund their own projects, however, a student applicant must have a faculty or staff advisor for his/her project. Follow the guidelines on this website to submit your application.

Project Criteria

Projects will be assessed on 14 criteria. Click here for more information.


The application process is closed. Projects may be awarded funding by February, 2014.


Project applications will be reviewed by the Student Advisory Subcommittee of the University Sustainability Council. The Student Advisory Subcommittee will submit their recommendations to the full Sustainability Council, which will decide which projects to fund. Funds may be available by February, 2014.

It is highly recommended you contact the Office of Sustainability in advance of the application deadline to talk through your application before you submit it. Projects cannot be funded if they are not supported by essential stakeholders. For instance, you cannot propose to construct a green roof unless you have approval from the facilities group (Facilities Management, Residential Facilities, etc.) that manages that building.

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