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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

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

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

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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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