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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

Bike Safety Month Events

Bike Safety Month is a month-long dedication to promoting the coexistence of bicyclists and motorists on our campus roadways.

Walk Maryland Day

Did you know that walking is the State of Maryland's official exercise? In honor of walking, I'm writing to send word of Walk Maryland Day at UMD. Walk Maryland Day is part of Walktober. During Walktober, we are encouraged to collectively rally around walking as an activity that is both central to the state’s active transportation efforts and a critical component promoting public wellbeing.

Clean the Earth Challenge

Are you planning a campus clean-up event this fall?   Please join the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in the Clean Earth Challenge and help us collect ONE MILLION pieces of trash that litter our lands, oceans, and waterways! Be a part of the Clean Earth Challenge!  

AGNR Cornerstone Event

Join thought leaders from across academia, industry, and government for AGNR's 4th annual Cornerstone event on Wednesday, October 12 at The Stamp Student Union. This year’s event will celebrate and build partnerships around the college’s strategic initiative: Optimize Urban Environments through Green Design, Technology, and Community Engagement.  

Dining Services Annual Harvest Festival

Celebrate the Harvest season with Maryland Dining at South Campus and 251 North Dining Halls on Wednesday, October 19th from 4-6pm. Swing by for fall fun activities including FREE pumpkin painting on the outdoor plazas, enjoy a dinner menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients, and meet the farmers who work hard to keep us all well fed every day.

Bike Safety Month Kick-Off Event

Hello Terps! October is Bike Safety Month! Celebrate the fun and fitness associated with bicycling. Receive free give-aways, and learn new things about bike safety and sustainable transportation with DOTS and RecWell! It's a time when we call attention to all motorists, bicyclists and scooter riders to renew commitments to share the road. 

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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

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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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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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