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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

Maryland Sustainability Engineers complete vegetated swale project

The Maryland Sustainability Engineers (MDSE) have completed their retrofit project of a stormwater management system at Wellness Way after receiving a grant of $25,325 from the University Sustainability Fund.

Built to Be Green: Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center

  One of the newest additions to the University of Maryland campus, the state-of-the-art Edward St. John Teaching and Learning Center (ESJ) is not only a marvel of modern technology and design, but it’s also the university’s newest green building.   

Campus compost collection expands at University of Maryland

Members of the University of Maryland campus community may have noticed something different about campus recently, in addition to all the new building construction. The Office of Solid Waste and Recycling in Facilities Management has been diligently working for the past two years to expand campus compost collection and the fruits of their efforts are in full bloom.

Department of Resident Life completes another successful Trash to Treasure

  This May, the Department of Resident Life completed their 6th annual Trash to Treasure campaign. The program provides University of Maryland students the opportunity to donate unwanted, gently used items to Goodwill during spring move out. During this year’s efforts, a total of 11,520 pounds of goods were collected for donation.  

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Spring Fest 2017 Dumpster Painting Competition

The University of Maryland Fraternity and Sorority Life community once again held their annual Spring Fest Dumpster Painting Competition.    Congratulations to the first place winners from Alpha Delta Phi and Alpha Delta Pi.     Second place honors went to Alpha Tau Omega and Gamma Phi Beta.

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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

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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