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Student Groups

Dozens of student organizations at UMD relate to sustainability! Some can be found here, and a full listing of student organizations can be found at TerpLink. 

acClimate - As the generation that will be most affected by the climate crisis, we have the most to lose from inaction. When we stand up for something as important as climate change, legislators listen. Our jobs, homes, families, and futures depend on it. We cannot let the mistakes of the past rob us of a safe, healthy, and vibrant future. Climate change will affect our future job earnings, our public safety, and our health. We can't let this happen. We are students and young people working with a coalition of nonprofits and advocacy groups to pass science-based, equitable climate policy.

Alternative Exchange- Alternative Exchange aims to stand as an accessible alternative to the environmental and human exploitation of the fast fashion industry, and promote a sustainable model of workplace democracy

17 for Peace and Justice- This organization will seek to empower students and other stakeholders and build community capacity to address social, economic, and political injustice and related environmental and health inequalities by using the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice established at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC as the overarching framework.

American Meteorological Society at UMD - to provide educational, professional, social, and service opportunities for University of Maryland- College Park students interested in meteorology. The organization is also meant to provide community awareness regarding the weather. The main purpose is to have meetings that provide these services for students in atmospheric and oceanic science, through speakers from the meteorology community and other activities.

The Association of Agricultural and Resource Economists (AARE)- at the University of Maryland, College Park is dedicated to fostering collaboration and research across a wide range of topics in applied economics, including agricultural, developmental, energy, and environmental economics.

The Beekeeping Club - An educational club for aspiring beekeepers, we manage hives located on campus and welcome anyone interested in learning to work with honeybees. Open to students, staff, and faculty.

BSOS Sustainability Task Force - consists of students from several departments within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as Public Policy and Engineering. Each semester the task force chooses a salient problem to campus sustainability and works toward finding a solution. From building a solar powered charging study station, to creating awareness of food behavioral impacts, the students research viable alternatives or enhancements, survey fellow students, and write a grant for implementation funds.

Branch Out - a club dedicated to connecting students to each other and to nature, hosts service and group events in cooperation at the UMD Arboretum and Botanic Garden. 

Community Learning Garden - The Community Learning Garden (formerly the Public Health Garden) is located between the School of Public Health and Eppley Recreation Center. It is a student teaching and community garden demonstrating sustainable agriculture and environmental best practices in support of public, environmental and community health.

Engineers Without Borders  - a student chapter of a national nonprofit organization (EWB-USA) that partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects.

Food Recovery Network - a student group at the University of Maryland dedicated to picking up surplus food from University diners and College Park restaurants nightly and delivering it to community partners that provide meals for hungry men, women, and children in the Washington, D.C. area.

Green Roots- Green Roots exists to advance sustainable and urban agriculture through innovative techniques. We grow food through hydroponics, which is the production of plants without soil, by integrating a number of diverse disciplines. Recently, we began to construct and maintain aquaponic systems to produce fish and produce without fertilizer inputs. Green Roots is devoted to research, education, and community service. We explore issues related to hydroponics/aquaponics, design hydroponic/aquaponic systems, educate the public, and are working toward marketing our produce to students through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model.

JFarm  - JFarm, founded in 2009, is the University of Maryland’s only Jewish environmental group. The group aims to foster a culture of Jewish environmental education, creativity, and activism.

Maryland Adventure Program (MAP)) - MAP is committed to providing student-powered adventure experiences that promote personal growth, transformative learning, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship for the University of Maryland Community.

MaryPIRG - a statewide, student directed and student funded organization working to solve real social problems. Through credited internships, leadership training, and volunteer opportunities, we teach and provide hands on skills to organize effectively around public interest issues.

Maryland Sustainability Engineering (MDSE) - Maryland Sustainability Engineering is an organization dedicated to sustainable development locally and abroad. In the past, MDSE has completed on-campus bioretention projects intended to combat pollution in the Anacostia watershed.

Net Impact-STEM - A community of leaders who want to use STEM to make an impact in the world through social and environmental change with the mission to mobilize Terps by creating a like-minded community and providing events and programs that support students who aim to use STEM as a force for environmental and social impact.

Residence Hall Association Sustainability Committee  - The committee is made up of student members of the RHA Senate and works on areas relating to sustainability around the campus.

RESTORE ENST Society - RESTORE'S mission is to enhance the educational experience of society members and other students by providing members with the opportunity to participate in educational, service, recreational, and social activities. They may gain access to information that will better prepare them for the work force, while making a positive contribution to the field of Environmental Science and Technology as well as the community.

School of Public Policy Environmental Council - a graduate student organization committed to stewardship, fellowship, scholarship, and exists to strengthen the community about its past, present, and future environmental and energy students within the School of Public Policy and political institutions.

Smith Undergraduate Net Impact (SUNI) - SUNI is the Net Impact undergraduate chapter at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Its mission is to foster a culture at the University of Maryland that demands positive social and environmental impact in the world. The organization is open to all undergraduate students on campus.

St. Mary's Garden - The St. Mary's Language House Garden Club provides gardening and horticultural experience to the staff, students, and Univ. of Md community. You can email them at

Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - SETA is a group of animal advocates who promote veganism and bring awareness to animal rights issues on campus. There is a focus on outreach as well as campaigns to enact lasting change. SETA believes that for UMD to continue as a leader in health and sustainability, animal exploitation on campus must end.

SGA Student Sustainability Committee - The Student Sustainability Committee, part of the Student Government Association (SGA), is a group of undergraduate students who are looking to hold the university accountable to its commitment to become sustainable. Additionally the council will provide the opportunity for any undergraduate student to propose project ideas that they feel will make the campus a more livable and sustainable community.

Sustainable Ocean Alliance - The UMD chapter works towards the desired outcome of a more educated community on the negative effects of plastic pollution (both environmentally and human health related).

Terrapin Trail Club - The Terrapin Trail Club is a student organization that sponsors various outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, rock climbing, and kayaking. It is student-run, and activities are available to all registered students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland. Its primary goal is to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and to provide a framework to share love for the outdoors.

UMD Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects - This is the go-to organization for the UMD student with a passion for landscape architecture. You can learn helpful design tips, connect with classmates, and stay up to date on events and activities.

The Wildlife Society at UMD - This is a new student organization for students who are interested and passionate about wildlife. The group strives to become engaged with wildlife ecology and conservation on campus, regionally and around the world. Join the mailing list here and visit the Facebook page here.

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