The St. Mary’s Garden Club, received $1,050 to upgrade the current composting operation and to install a rain collection and drip irrigation system at the St Mary’s Hall garden. The Garden Club will enlarge the current composting bins; virtually doubling the size of the current system, from 18 cubic feet to 34 cubic feet. New construction will feature pressure-treated lumber which will also extend the life and durability of the bins.
Masters of Fine Arts candidates in Dance will use renewable, recycled and reused materials in the creation of all sets and costumes for their thesis concerts through 2013. The goal of this project is to boost the production shops’ use of recycled materials and to introduce sustainability measures into the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performing Arts curricula. This project will also consider alternatives to destruction and disposal of these materials at the conclusion of each production.
The roof of the Ellicott Community Diner has become a model of urban agriculture, demonstrating that food can be grown just about anywhere. With funding from the University Sustainability Fund, this project will be duplicated on the roof of the South Campus Diner. Funds will be used for a safety railing, the construction of garden containers and general garden supplies (tools and soil).
The Center for Young Children is a full day lab preschool and kindergarten program for children ages 3 – 6 whose parents are students, staff or faculty. The CYC received funding to “green” the center including replacing paper towel dispensers and installing new low flow faucets. Reducing water and waste, and increasing reuse and recycling are the Center’s first year goals. In the future, education and outreach materials, including videos and website, will be developed to chronicle their “green school journey.”
A multidisciplinary team of students and faculty from the College of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, have teamed together to design, build and promote the University of Maryland’s entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial event sponsored by the U.S.
Update (October 7, 2011)
The student-driven Guilford Run Bioretention Facility helps preserve the Anacostia River Watershed.
With the support of the University Sustainability Fund, Maryland Sustainability Engineering students develop a rain garden system that minimizes stormwater pollution from Parking Lot 1.
The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is developing an alternative energy-based curriculum to train students in the design and use of alternative energy. In conjunction with this new curriculum, the department has received a University Sustainability Fund grant to install a solar array as part of a teaching laboratory at the A.V. Williams building.
UMD RecWell received a grant to support the installation of a sphagnum moss swimming pool water treatment system for the two indoor pools. This moss-based water treatment system is a patented innovation with proven results - they keep swimming pools clean while using fewer chemicals and reducing water consumption. The project involves installing a series of chambers housing sphagnum moss that will work alongside state-mandated chemical systems.