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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

Terp Startup Breakbox Has A Fun Solution For Recycling Glass

Ryan Perpall of Break Box Recycling Inc. is looking to reduce the burden of glass on the recycling stream by creating entertaining bottle throwing experiences for consumers. Read More

Main menu UMD SPH Endorses Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity

The University of Maryland School of Public Health joined over 70 public health and medical groups this week to call climate change a health emergency and push for a shift away from fossil fuels. Read More

Looking For Freshwater In All the Snowy Places

Snowflakes that cover mountains or linger under tree canopies are a vital freshwater resource for over a billion people around the world. To help determine how much freshwater is stored in snow, a team of NASA-funded researchers is creating a computer-based tool that simulates the best way to detect snow and measure its water content from space. Read More

U.S. Beekeepers Suffered Higher than Average Colony Loss Last Year

U.S. Beekeepers lost more than 40% of their honey bee colonies this past year, according to the latest annual nationwide survey conducted by the UMD-led nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership.  Read More

UMD and NASA Join Forces to Improve Global Food Security through Satellite Data

Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef from the University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Geographical Sciences has been selected by NASA to lead a new multidisciplinary consortium dedicated to enhancing the use of satellite data for improving food security and agriculture around the world. Read More

Azelle is a Terp Startup that's Saving the Bay with Charm Bracelets

 Azelle manufactures high-quality charm bracelets to raise awareness of the precarious condition of the Chesapeake Bay, the world’s largest natural estuary. Read More

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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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