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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

Sustainable Commutes Pay Through DOTS Parking Cash Out

DOTS' Parking Cash Out will open on Monday, August 5, offering $450 to the first 75 eligible employees who give up their parking permit and commit to a sustainable commute for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. Read More

New Study Identifies Causes of Multidecadal Climate Changes

UMD geologist contributes to analysis that suggests current climate models can accurately predict climate warming several decades into the future. Read More

New Study Identifies Causes of Multidecadal Climate Changes

UMD geologist contributes to analysis that suggests current climate models can accurately predict climate warming several decades into the future. Read More

Lead Community Engagement Coordinator

The Lead Community Engagement Coordinator will assist the Director with the Office of Community Engagement’s objectives to increase service learning and engagement programs, budget decisions, communication, and advocacy efforts. Read More

Bee Diverse

Research Suggests Less Varied Crops, More Pollinator Dependence Threaten Food Security. Read More

Maryland Environmental Service Lauds UMD for Sustainability Work

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) yesterday recognized the University of Maryland’s efforts to reduce waste, save energy and create a smaller carbon footprint with its Environmental Excellence-Sustainability Award. It was one of seven Environmental Business Leadership Awards given to institutions, businesses and individuals that the agency said consistently demonstrate strong leadership and commitment to strengthening and preserving Maryland’s environment.

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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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