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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

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Lagua

Michael Lagua ‘13 always wanted to work for a mission-driven organization, which is why he felt drawn to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “I really like how nonprofits are mission driven organizations,” he says. “It was mostly about finding a place that aligned with my ethics. Just being around that work environment is really cool.”

Sipping on Sustainability: Maryland Dairy Pilots Compostable Straws

There’s no need to “refuse the straw” at the University of Maryland Dairy due to the introduction of compostable paper straws. Lori Dominick, General Manager, Dining Services Food Court has decided to pilot the use of paper straws in place of plastic straws at the Maryland Dairy in the month of April.

EPA Recognizes UMD for Leading Green Power Use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked the University of Maryland No.

Do Good Accelerator Inspires Social Action

The University of Maryland has been established as a “Do Good” campus, meaning as a community we strive to take initiatives in social change. This mentality is designed to inspire students and the entire UMD community to become aware and educated about social, environmental, and policy issues.

Sustainability Video Contests

Want to showcase your film making skills while supporting sustainability? Here's two video contest opportunities for you!

UMD increases renewable energy use with installation of solar panel canopies

The University of Maryland, in partnership with WGL Energy and the Maryland Energy Administration, recently completed the installation of three solar panel canopies at the Regents Drive, Terrapin Trail, and Mowatt Lane parking garages.

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Guides, programs, certifications, and commitments to empower all at UMD to advance sustainability progress!

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Progress Hub

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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UMD's Target to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions

STARS rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Purchased Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources

Explore campus programs and initiatives through the lens of these sustainability topic areas. 

Explore opportunities to get involved, adopt sustainable practices, and some of the sustainable policies, practices, and infrastructure implemented on campus. Sustainability is multifaceted and interconnected, and there are many linkages between these topics and beyond to the health, safety, and well-being of all.

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Learn more about UMD's path to carbon neutrality by 2025, and sustainability initiatives across the campus!

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

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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