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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

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  One-man Squad Comes to Aid of Apiculture Novices Read More

Digging Into Gardening Trends

Researcher Launches Survey to Examine Links With Mental Health Amid Pandemic   Read More

Tracking How Natural Disasters Become Pollution Disasters

Researchers Work to Understand Risk to Vulnerable Communities, Build Resilience Read More

Blooming Trouble

Research Links Climate Change, Early Springs, Asthma Complications   Read More

Clearing Up the Runoff

New Smart Sensors to Provide Real-Time Picture of Campus Stormwater Read More

Revolutionize the Commute: Electric Bicycle

For the past three years, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Romel Gomez has challenged students to push the laws of physics and the limits of technology in his electric bicycle capstone course, where students have developed everything from a solar recumbent bike to an e-mountain bike capable of climbing the stairs of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. Read More

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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

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Sustainability News from University of Maryland

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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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Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory

Deceptively Simple Plan to Seal Away Carbon Could Alter Global Warming’s Trajectory
View Article Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory
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