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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. 

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Predicting COVID-19 Outbreaks - UMCP, UMB Researchers Race to Uncover Climate, Human Factors Behind Virus’ Spread

A world temperature map shows warmer (red) to cooler (violet) temperatures, with black circles representing areas of significant community transmission of COVID-19. UMD researchers found that certain temperature and humidity levels appear to be conducive to the virus spreading. (Image courtesy of Climate Change Institute, University of Maine) Read More

A Dose of Nature - New Study Finds Even Short Times Outdoors Have Therapeutic Effect on Mental Health

Spending as little as 10 minutes of leisure time experiencing nature can measurably improve college students’ mental health and well-being, according to a recent study led by UMD and Cornell University researchers.

University of Maryland Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

February 19, 2020 College Park, MD — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today unveiled that the University of Maryland has one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges. Read More

Good Neighbor Day Seeking Team Leaders and Environmental Ambassadors

The Office of Community Engagement is seeking volunteers to serve as team leaders or environmental ambassadors on Good Neighbor Day, the annual community day of service in College Park to beautify shared spaces and engage in sustainable practices.  The ninth annual Good Neighbor Day will take place on Saturday, April 4. The 2020 event is projecting more than 1,000 volunteers for nearly 25 service projects throughout Greater College Park. 

Smoothie-ing the Path to Sustainability

E ach year, millions of tons of fresh produce never make it to stores because they’re bruised or blemished. But pretty or not, they all taste the same when tossed in a blender. That’s the thinking behind Seconds Smoothies, a venture headed by Max Skoglund ’20 and Catherine Sorensen ’20 that takes rejected fruit from local farmers, saves it from a trip to the landfill and serves it as a tasty beverage. 

Sustainable Tuesdays 2020 Schedule of Topics

Co-Sponsored by the UMD Office of Sustainability and the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Sustainable Tuesday presentation series offers opportunities for the university community to learn about sustainability on the UMD campus. Each presentation happens on Tuesdays at 5:00pm, in the auditorium of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Room 0204) The schedule for 2020 is as follows:

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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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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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