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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

Climate and Sustainability Webinars

Climate and Sustainability Webinars (2022) Hosted by Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist at UMD   Visualize a Better World  June 15, 4-5:30PM

Sustainability Fund Workshop: Networking, Ideation and Action Planning

Sustainability Fund: Networking, Ideation and Action Planning Workshop Tues, June 14, 10:00AM-11:30AM, ESJ 2101

Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science & Technology Symposium

The University of Maryland Extension is hosting a symposium to share the latest results on green roof scientific research and technological developments. Learn more:  Thu, Jul 14, 2022, 8 am– Fri, Jul 15, 2022, 12 pm EDTLocation:  Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center 4131 Campus Drive College Park, MD 20742About this event:

Sustainable Solutions to Fast Fashion Webinar 4/17

Fast Fashion Webinar Wednesday, April 27, 2022 4-5pm

Sustainability at Maryland Day!


Sustainability Fund Workshop- Networking, Ideation, & Action Planning

Sustainability Fund Workshop: Networking, Ideation, & Action Planning:  Mon, April 25, 6-8pm, ESJ 2101

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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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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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