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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

2017 Sustainability Fund projects announced

The Sustainability Fund Review Committee and the University Sustainability Council are proud to announce the following 2017 Sustainability Fund projects. The Fund provides grants for students, faculty and staff to implement projects that will improve sustainability on campus or involve students in the implementation of projects in the local community.    Read More

Vermicomposting Exhibit Build

McKeldin Library will be welcoming some new workers to the University Libraries this spring - WORMS! A few environmentally-minded librarians and students from the Institute for Applied Agriculture (and some campus community gardening enthusiasts) will be building a worm composting (vermicomposting) display in the lobby of McKeldin Library on Thursday, April 20. Once installed, the worms in the composting structure will create nutrient rich castings (a component of soil) from food scraps and paper towels collected in McKeldin.

Sustainable Tuesdays

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2016 Review : 2017 Preview

2016 Year in Review  Five major sustainability highlights from University of Maryland in 2016. 1) The university officially achieves its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. {Full story} 

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Prince Frederick Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification

Prince Frederick Hall, a University of Maryland residence hall, has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification represents an internationally recognized achievement of being an environmentally sustainable building.

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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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Residence Hall Essentials Get New Lease on Life at Campus ‘ReStore’

Students Can Donate Gently Used Appliances, Accessories to Benefit Other Terps
View Article Residence Hall Essentials Get New Lease on Life at Campus ‘ReStore’
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UMD Climate Change Policy Study Maps Path to Reach Greenhouse Goals

Researchers Recommend New Policies to Reduce Transportation Emissions by 2030
View Article UMD Climate Change Policy Study Maps Path to Reach Greenhouse Goals
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Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory

Deceptively Simple Plan to Seal Away Carbon Could Alter Global Warming’s Trajectory
View Article Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory

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