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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.

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Maryland Day 2023

Maryland Day

Meet us on Saturday, April 29th from 10am-4pm on McKeldin Mall by ESJ for Maryland Day! This fun community outreach event celebrates UMD and our dedication to DO GOOD.

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Earth Month 2023

Join the SustainableUMD Network throughout the month of April and take action on climate change and celebrate sustainability at UMD!

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Calendar of Earth Month Events

Earth Month Event Calendar

Visit and submit events to the UMD Earth Month Calendar. Check weekly to see more fun events on campus!

Earth Month events
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Internships & More

The Office of Sustainability is hiring! Submit an application by April 24th to serve as an intern, advisor, or ambassador at UMD.

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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. 

Sustainability Events at UMD

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Join the monthly SustainableUMD Newsletter for updates on campus news, events, and opportunities! View our past newsletters.

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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

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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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At UMD, EPA Chief Tells Young People: ‘Never Forget How Vital Your Role Is’

Biden Administration Rolls Out New Proposed Regulations on Energy Sector at Campus Event
View Article At UMD, EPA Chief Tells Young People: ‘Never Forget How Vital Your Role Is’
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Cooling Down the Cloud

$3.5M DOE Award Supports UMD Project to Reduce Energy Use in Data Centers
View Article Cooling Down the Cloud
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Rising to a Grand Challenge: Climate-Related Disasters, Farming Crises

Institutional Grant Team Works to Provide Early Warning in Maryland, Beyond
View Article Rising to a Grand Challenge: Climate-Related Disasters, Farming Crises
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