Green Terp

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Green Terp Program

True sustainability happens when it’s embedded into our culture.  The Green Terp program, a partnership between the Department of Resident Life and the Office of Sustainability, engages residential students in a dynamic program that promotes sustainability action. The program provides an action checklist, guidelines, ongoing support and rewards to students who commit to reducing their environmental footprint. This program is for individual students – anyone can participate, regardless of your living arrangements.
In order to participate, find Green Terp at ResLife community events or come to Green Terp events in the diners and residence halls. To see the full list of Green Terp events and to find out more about the steps of the program, click the "Become a Green Terp" tab at the bottom of the page.
Program Development
In the fall of 2015, Dr. Deborah Grandner, Director of Resident Life, created the Green Terp Advisory Committee with the charge of investigating, researching and developing a residential sustainability program for UMD. The following people spearheaded the effort to create the Green Terp Program:
  • Lisa Alexander, Department of Resident Life
  • Jack Breffle, Department of Resident Life
  • Deb Grandner, Department of Resident Life
  • Tracy Kiras, Department of Resident Life
  • Jenny Lindstrom, Department of Resident Life
  • Maria Lonsbury, Division of Student Affairs
  • Ronald Molina, Department of Resident Life
  • Tosh Patterson, Department of Resident Life
  • Laura Tan, Department of Resident Life
  • Dai-An Tran, Department of Resident Life
  • Aynsley Toews, Office of Sustainability
This program has now been in development for almost three years (and imagined for way more!). Over the past two years, the program has been piloted in select residence halls to ensure progromatic success. Many have contributed to Green Terp including:
  • Students
  • Resident Life
  • Residential Facilities (including housekeeping)
  • Dining Services
  • Recycling and Solid Waste Office
  • Living Learning programs
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Resident Hall Association (RHA)
  • Other student leaders
A big debt of gratitude goes to Lisa Alexander, Resident Life's Coordinator for Sustainability Programs, and all of the Resident Directors and Resident Assistants involved in the pilot phase of the Green Terp program.
The goals of the program are to:  
  1. Recognize and reward leadership in sustainability
  2. Educate participants about how and why to take action
  3. Encourage and support behavior change to conserve water, save energy, minimize waste and save money
  4. Promote campus policies that support sustainability
  5. Engage the residential community in activities that will strengthen the University of Maryland’s position as a national leader in sustainability
  6. Support the University’s Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan
  7. Further integrate sustainability into campus culture.


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