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Sustainability at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is committed to advance sustainability through the ways we impact the world: teaching, research, service, and operations.

About SustainableUMD

Our global fight against the climate crisis is far from over. The University of Maryland will accelerate its goal to become a net carbon-neutral campus by 2025. It is my hope that these measures will help inspire every one of us to commit to the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions for our planet and for our people. 

SustainableUMD News & Events

Momentum Magazine

The summer edition of Momentum from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources features stories about how the college is helping to ensure a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay by helping farmers navigate the tides of saltwater intrusion, and a revolution in management of green space and stormwater practices by residents in Baltimore City. Read More

Workshop on Society and the Environment

The Workshop on Society and the Environment provides a meeting space for faculty and students in Sociology, BSOS, and around the university with common interests.  Read More

‘Drive to Zero’ Recycling, Composting Program Returns to Stadium for Football Opener

During every Terps home game, attendees are encouraged to lower their carbon footprint by tossing their recyclable and compostable items in the proper bins in the stadium concourse. Read More

Campus Recycling Update Regarding Glass

The processor of UMD's recyclable material is no longer accepting glass. Please do not dispose any glass products in campus recycling bins—all glass products should be disposed in the trash/landfill waste bins.  Read More

New Rideshare Hits the Road With Bikes, eBikes and eScooters

Through a partnership with the University of Maryland and cities of College Park and University Park, the mobility-share company VeoRide is installing 24 stations throughout the community offering 150 e-bikes, 70 pedal bikes and 70 e-scooters. Read More

Cool Food Pledge to Reduce UMD’s ‘Foodprint’

UMD becomes the first university on the planet to join the Cool Food Pledge, an initiative to fight climate change and bring more sustainable food to dining halls, campus cafes and event catering. Read More

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The SustainableUMD Progress Hub displays campus sustainability metrics in interactive dashboards, celebrates stories of sustainable progress across the UMD community, and connects local action at UMD with global sustainability goals.

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Sustainability News from University of Maryland

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To Design for the Future, Class Looks to the Past

Architecture Students Boost Site Sustainability Through Indigenous Ecological Practices
View Article To Design for the Future, Class Looks to the Past
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Today’s Honey Bees Live Only Half as Long as ’70s Bees

Shorter Lifespans for Lab-kept Honey Bees Could Help Explain Increased Colony Losses, Lower Honey Production
View Article Today’s Honey Bees Live Only Half as Long as ’70s Bees
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UMD-led Climate Report Details Steps to Halving U.S. Emissions by 2030

Analysis Unveiled at COP27 Calls for More Zero-emissions Vehicles, Closing Coal Power Plants, Mandating Clean Energy Use
View Article UMD-led Climate Report Details Steps to Halving U.S. Emissions by 2030

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