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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

ESG Conference

The Center for Social Value Creation is hosting our second annual ESG Conference at the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Friday, December 9th from 1pm to 6pm EST.

Climate and Migration

The Center for Global Migration Studies will be hosting a half-day symposium on Migration and Climate on November 9th at the Stamp Student Union. We hope you would consider joining us. The event is free and open to the public.  The first panel begins at 12:30 pm; the keynote address will begin at 3:00 pm. Speakers at the event will consider how climate change has contributed to migration around the globe in the past and in our contemporary world. A flyer is attached.

A Conversation with First Year Book Contributor Favianna Rodriguez

All University of Maryland students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend Ms. Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist and social justice activist.

BIPOC in Sustainable Careers

Sustainability is a topic that spans multiple fields and disciplines. Come hear from BIPOC professionals and University of Maryland alumni who have pursued careers in sustainability across a variety of industries. Learn more about the panelists’ career paths, as well as the necessary experiences, knowledge and skills that have led them to success. Location: Room 3135, University Career Center, 3rd Floor of Hornbake Library South Wing  

All We Can Save - In Maryland

College Park Scholars is hosting an important discussion event related to this year’s First Year Book, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. 

Good Neighbor Day

Registration is OPEN!

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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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The Wood That Could—and Did—Receive a $20M Award

DoE Grant Supports Researcher’s Efforts to Introduce Ultra-strong Wood for Construction
View Article The Wood That Could—and Did—Receive a $20M Award
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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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