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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

Making Information Technology Sustainable

For companies, going green in IT operations not only reduces energy consumption, it also boosts profits, according to new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Read More

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UMD Green Offices Achieve Platinum Status

The Green Office Program, coordinated by Office of Sustainability, has been awarding offices and departments around campus with sustainable certification for the past six years.

Protect Our Species for Earth Month

Earth is not the same as it was 100 years ago. Human activity has changed the chemical makeup of our planet. As our planet's population has increased to 7 billion, species variety has been on a fast decline. Some reasons for this decline are directly related to human activity while others are indirectly related.

Sustainability Seven: Larry Tumlin, Farmers Market at Maryland

We recently caught up with Larry Tumlin, manager of the Farmers Market at Maryland to discuss the new location and other changes for Terps to look forward to. This is a part of our new digital series, "Sustainability Seven," where we ask seven questions to members of the University of Maryland sustainability community.

RecycleMania 2019: Know Before You Throw

The Campus Race to Zero Waste: January 31st through March 27th Formerly known as RecycleMania, the Campus Race to Zero Waste is an annual 8-week competition, which challenges colleges and universities across the United States and Canada to collect the largest volume of recyclable materials.

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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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