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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

SustainableUMD Magazine 2016

The Office of Sustainability is proud to present the 2016 edition of SustainableUMD Magazine, a biennial publication that tells the story of incredible people and projects that have made UMD a national leader in sustainability. Read More

October is National Energy Awareness Month

Energy Awareness Month is a national effort to emphasize just how central energy is to our national prosperity, security and environmental well-being. The effort also helps increase recognition of the importance of sustainability in managing the nation’s energy resources.

Sustainable Sculpture on UMD Campus Encourages Recycling

If you’ve walked past Cole Field House recently, maybe you’ve noticed an odd new sculpture across the street. What looks like an accidentally broken fence with old water bottles stuck in it is actually a purposeful, relevant piece of art. Made completely of recycled water bottles and other recycled materials, the David C. Driskell Center’s Driskell Wishing Well stands as a concrete representation of how materials can be reused.

Living Umbrellas at NextNOW Fest

Living Umbrellas is a newly developed green infrastructure and experience from the minds of four individuals of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. Nicholas Cloyd, Dr. David Tilley, Tim Williamson and Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa came together with the idea when one of them sat at a pool without shade.

An Interview with Terrapin Trader's Mike Painter

The University of Maryland's Terrapin Trader plays a big role in campus sustainability by keeping unneeded but still useful products out of the landfills and reducing costs for new products. From computers, to furniture, to filing cabinets, the list goes on of what's available in this campus hidden treasure. Office of Sustainability intern, Blair Jackson, sat down with Mike Painter, manager of Terrapin Trader, to learn 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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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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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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