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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

Terps vs. Pros: Sustainable Food Challenge

"Terps vs. Pros: Sustainable Food Challenge" is back! This College of Agriculture & Natural Resources project was funded by a Sustainability Fund grant that provides students with creative solutions to improving food security in the student community.  Read More

Terp Transportation Fair

The Terp Transportation Fair will take Tuesday, September 24 at Hornbake Plaza from 10:30am-2:30pm. Event highlights include VeoRide safety demos and the Bicycle Recycle refurbished bike sale. DOTS staff will be available to answer your questions related to parking, Shuttle-UM, Smart Commute and BikeUMD. Read More

Arboretum & Botanical Garden Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities this semester to get involved with the Arboretum & Botanical Garden! Sign-up to go on a Walk with an Arborist, lend a hand at the Community Learning Garden or volunteer for a service event!  Read More

UMD Alternative Breaks New Orleans Experience

In January, I had the honor and pleasure of joining the UMD Alternative Breaks ten day trip to New Orleans as a staff advisor. This student led service-learning experience was focused on environmental justice, specifically the intersections between race, socioeconomic class, and the environment in the aftermath of natural disasters. We served alongside community partners in New Orleans who have long been supporting the community, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Sustainability Seven: Michael Carmichael, Facilities Management

Michael Carmichael became University of Maryland’s first Stormwater Management and Maintenance Inspector five years ago. He is featured in our “Sustainability Seven” because of his dedication to helping make UMD a more sustainable campus through better stormwater management practices. 1) For those who do not know or are not familiar with the term, what is stormwater management and how does it relate to sustainability?

Public Health faculty respond to US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

UMD School of Public Health leaders weigh in on United States withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Read More

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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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$95M NASA Cooperative Agreement to Support Research Center Focused on Global Sustainability

Funding Allows UMD to Expand Collaboration With Space Agency, Broader Research Community
View Article $95M NASA Cooperative Agreement to Support Research Center Focused on Global Sustainability
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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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