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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

Sustainability Fund Grant Workshop

Sustainability Fund Grant Workshop Mon, April 25, 6-8 pm, Innovation Loft- ESJ 2101 This in-person workshop is for students interested in applying for a Sustainability Fund grant. During the workshop, you will brainstorm and troubleshoot your grant proposal ideas to advance campus sustainability.

EarthFest 2022: UMD's Earth Day Festival

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Earth Month

Earth Fest Wed, April 20, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, Hornbake Plaza

UMD Sustainable Tuesdays: Lecture Series

Tuesdays: 5PM- 6:15PM  Location: Auditorium (Room 0204), School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Tuesdays from 5-6:15pm, explore campus sustainability through lectures, free and open to all (KN95 masks required in all UMD classrooms). This lecture series being offered during the Spring Semester as part of ARCH 272, Sustainability at the University of Maryland, College Park, organized by Professor Emeritus Ralph Bennett. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.  

UMD's Journey to Curbing Waste

Despite the obstacles, UMD's departments have achieved major improvements in reducing waste and improving recycling, composting, and reuse systems. While tackling waste sources and systems is an ongoing process, each of us can contribute to progress towards much needed change. Read this story

Sustainability in the Food System

Dining Services Partners to Alleviate Hunger, Avoid Waste, and Address Climate Pollution In support of campus sustainability goals, Dining Services developed and adopted the Sustainable Food Action Plan in October 2012, committing to continuously provide more nutritious and environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food to campus diners. Read this story

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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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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
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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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