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Green Terp Pilot Program: Spring 2017

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 will support and promote students that take steps to reduce their environmental footprint.  The program will support and reward students for taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.  Green Terp will provide an action checklist, guidelines, ongoing support and rewards for participation. This program is for individual students – anyone can participate, regardless of your living arrangements.
During the pilot phase (Spring 2017), the program will operate in two residence halls: Oakland Hall and Ellicott Hall, totaling approximately 1,300 students.  The goal of the pilot program is to reach 20% of students within the pilot residence halls or approximately 260 students. The program will be evaluated during the Summer 2017 and then officially launch in Fall 2017.
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Program Development
This program has been in development for almost two years (and imagined for five more!). Many students, staff and faculty 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
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
A big debt of gratitude goes to Lisa Alexander, Resident Director for Oakland Hall and Jack Breffle, Resident Director of Ellicott Hall, their Resident Assistants and all of the North Campus staff for your support of the Green Terp Pilot 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.