Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Student Organizations

Sustainability Related Clubs and Organizations

  • American Meteorological Society at UMD - to provide educational, professional, social, and service opportunities for University of Maryland- College Park students interested in meteorology. The organization is also meant to provide community awareness regarding the weather. The main purpose is to have meetings that provide these services for students in atmospheric and oceanic science, through speakers from the meteorology community and other activities.
  • Am Ha'Aertz: UMDs Jewish Environmental Group - to inspire Jewish students to change the world through environmental sustainability. It fosters a culture of environmental education, creativity, and activism within the university‚Äôs Jewish communities by raising awareness of the synergy between environmentalism and Judaism and promoting green living and healthy choices for the body and the world.
  • Beyond the Classroom - develops and provides catalytic and transformative curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities with academic experience, rigor, and challenge that will prepare students to achieve their educational and professional goals as active citizens and leaders.
  • Engineers Without Borders - a student chapter of a national nonprofit organization (EWB-USA) that partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects.
  • Food Recovery Network - a student group at the University of Maryland dedicated to picking up surplus food from University diners and College Park restaurants nightly and delivering it to community partners that provide meals for hungry men, women, and children in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • JFarm - JFarm is a Jewish group focused on gardening and food justice. Founded in 2009, it maintains a vegetable and herb garden in front of the Rosenbloom Hillel Center, much of the produce being donated locally. It also educates Maryland students on issues related to food security through programs and direct volunteering in the local community to increase access to healthy meals. You can email them at
  • Maryland Adventure Program (MAP) - MAP is committed to providing student-powered adventure experiences that promote personal growth, transformative learning, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship for the University of Maryland Community.
  • Maryland Food Collective (The Co-op) - The Maryland Food Co-op started in the mid-1970's on the campus of University of Maryland. There are no bosses or managers, only people who are working for a space that maintains equality, a good atmosphere, and lots of music.
  • MaryPIRG - a statewide, student directed and student funded organization working to solve real social problems. Through credited internships, leadership training, and volunteer opportunities, we teach and provide hands on skills to organize effectively around public interest issues.
  • Maryland Sustainability Engineering (MDSE) - Maryland Sustainability Enineering is an organization dedicated to sustainable development locally and abroad. In the past, MDSE has completed on-campus bioretention projects intended to combat pollution in the Anacostia watershed.
  • Net Impact Smith Undergraduate Chapter - The vision of our chapter is to lead the movement for creating positive social and environmental impact in our school, local community, and greater community. Our chapter aims to provide our members with the resources and opportunities necessary to be sensible global citizens and powerful catalysts for social good throughout their careers and lives.
  • Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) - The ORC is dedicated to having outdoor adventures, building relationships between Terps, and enjoying nature at its finest.
  • Pollinaterps - PollinaTerps is a collective group of University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, local scientists and local community members working to build a bee friendly community through research, education, habitat creation and preservation.
  • Projects for Enlightened Knowledge (ProEnK) - is dedicated to supporting local schools aspiring towards Maryland Green School certification; particularly within areas related to providing community and parental support, etc.
  • Public Health Garden - The Public Health Garden at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a student teaching and community garden demonstrating sustainable agriculture and environmental best practices in support of public, environmental and community health. You can connect with them via email at
  • Residence Hall Association Sustainability Committee - The committee is made up of student members of the RHA Senate and works on areas relating to sustainability around the campus.
  • RESTORE ENST Society - to enhance the educational experience of society members and other students by providing members with the opportunity to participate in educational, service, recreational, and social activities. They may gain access to information that will better prepare them for the work force, while making a positive contribution to the field of Environmental Science and Technology as well as the community.
  • Rethink College Park - As a student-run online newspaper/blog dedicated to the smart growth of College Park, its mission is to help transform College Park into a great college town. It believes in full access to information, public dialogue, and the power of creative ideas.
  • Rooftop Community Garden - The Rooftop Community Garden embodies and inspires urban sustainability through hands on urban agriculture and food justice education. We seek to explore where our food comes and how to grow, preserve, prepare, and eat food in a way that is culturally appropriate and regenerative to our bioregion. You can contact them at
  • School of Public Policy Environmental Council - a graduate student organization committed to stewardship, fellowship, scholarship, and exists to strengthen the community about its past, present, and future environmental and energy students within the School of Public Policy and political institutions.
  • Smith Undergraduate Net Impact (SUNI) - SUNI is the Net Impact undergraduate chapter at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Its mission is to foster a culture at the University of Maryland that demands positive social and environmental impact in the world. The organization is open to all undergraduate students on campus.
  • Society for Green Business - The Society for Green Business is a SUSA-recognized club within the Robert H. Smith School of Business open to students enrolled in ALL majors and programs. Our goal is to promote sustainable business values by introducing students to new and innovative ways in which businesses have adopted green practices, encouraging students to value environmental concerns and advocating green measures at the university.
  • Solar Decathlon - Nearly 300 students from architecture, engineering, environmental science and technology, plant sciences, landscape architecture, and other disciplines participate in a two-year effort to design and build the most sustainable house on Earth.
  • St. Mary's Garden - The St. Mary's Language House Garden Club provides gardening and horticultural experience to the staff, students, and Univ. of Md community. You can email them at
  • Student Sustainability Committee - The Student Sustainability Committee, part of the Student Government Association (SGA), is a group of undergraduate students who are looking to hold the university accountable to its commitment to become sustainable. Additionally the council will provide the opportunity for any undergraduate student to propose project ideas that they feel will make the campus a more livable and sustainable community.
  • Terrapin Trail Club - The Terrapin Trail Club is a student organization that sponsors various outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, rock climbing, and kayaking. It is student-run, and activities are available to all registered students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland. Its primary goal is to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and to provide a framework to share love for the outdoors.
  • UMD Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (UMD ASLA Student Chapter) - This is the go-to organization for the UMD student with a passion for landscape architecture. You can learn helpful design tips, connect with classmates, and stay up to date on events and activities.
  • VegTerps - VegTerps was established with a mission of bringing together vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and vegcurious students at University of Maryland. VegTerps also has a focus on animal rights, with an emphasis on advocacy and outreach work.
  • The Wildlife Society at UMD - This is a new student organization for students who are interested and passionate about wildlife. The group strives to become engaged with wildlife ecology and conservation on campus, regionally and around the world. Join the mailing list here and visit the Facebook page here.
  • Water Ecuador (WE) - This student organization is an extension of the non-profit organization known as Water Ecuador. Water Ecuador is driven by the belief that we are capable of bettering the health of those living in impoverished communities in Ecuador. Water Ecuador works to improve the lives of the civilians living in these regions by providing them with access to clean drinking water at affordable prices. You can contact them at