2011-2012 Recipients

Growing St. Mary's Garden

The St. Mary’s Garden is a small but productive garden next to St. Mary’s Hall.  To expand production, the Garden Club 1) increased garden space by growing vertically in a six-foot arbor, 2) increased the growing season through the construction of a cold frame, and 3) add a rain barrel to collect stormwater.  The Club also purchased Biobags to support their indoor compost collection.  The grant was used to support all these initiatives.

Food Recovery Network

With the support from the University Sustainability Fund and UMD Dining Services, the South Campus Dining Hall Rooftop has been transformed into the Rooftop Community Garden.  During Phase I of the project, planters were built out of reclaimed pallets to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  In Phase II, students purchased a black board, shelfing for garden equipment, a scale to weigh produce, and materials to construct a hammock. Gardening tools and construction tools were also purchased to build more planters and a three-bin compost system.

Peace and Friendship Garden Stormwater Project

With the support from the University Sustainability Fund and UMD Dining Services, the South Campus Dining Hall Rooftop has been transformed into the Rooftop Community Garden.  During Phase I of the project, planters were built out of reclaimed pallets to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  In Phase II, students purchased a black board, shelfing for garden equipment, a scale to weigh produce, and materials to construct a hammock. Gardening tools and construction tools were also purchased to build more planters and a three-bin compost system.

Rooftop Community Garden Phase II

With the support from the University Sustainability Fund and UMD Dining Services, the South Campus Dining Hall Rooftop has been transformed into the Rooftop Community Garden.  During Phase I of the project, planters were built out of reclaimed pallets to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.  In Phase II, students purchased a black board, shelfing for garden equipment, a scale to weigh produce, and materials to construct a hammock. Gardening tools and construction tools were also purchased to build more planters and a three-bin compost system.

Hydrate UMD

In a collaborated effort, MaryPIRG, the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, and Residential Facilities wished to address the issue of single use bottled water consumption on campus by installing filling stations in residence halls and academic buildings.  The students involved in the project agreed to let Terps Heart the Tap, a larger-scale filling station installation project, absorb their grant funds in the following year.

Green Façade at ENST-Animal Science

This project proposed the installation of a green façade system to the South side of the ENST/Animal Science building.  The purpose of a green façade is to add a layer of vine-based vegetation on an installed structure that helps to shield a building from solar heat gain resulting in less cooling of the interior space during the summer season, when the plants are in their peak.  The green facade was completed in the summer of 2013, after approval from Facilities Management and receiving three other grants for the construction.

Trash to Treasure

The Department of Resident Life and the Resident Hall Association’s Sustainability Committee were able to expand the Trash to Treasure program for the 2012 Residence Hall closing.  Four external donation stations and eleven internal donation stations were set up to reach a large number of students. Carts purchased with the grant allowed student volunteers to collect and transport items from residence halls to locations where they were picked up and donated. Items were donated to Goodwill and Capital Area Food Bank, as well as to Terrapin Trader and ACE Recycling.

Aquaponics Research

Gemstone team will conduct research involving aquaponics (integration of aquaculture and hydroponics) to utilize fish effluent to grow plants as feedstock to raise fish (tilapia).  Phase I researches the best nutrient sources to grow plants (including human waste).  Phase II involves construction and research on three aquaponic systems.  The grant will be used to construct the aquaponics systems.

Green Roof Research

Plant Science graduate students set up two green roof research locations, one at the University of Maryland Research Greenhouse in March 2012 and one on the roof of the Plant Sciences Building in Spring 2013. Between the two locations, a total of 390 green roof modules were built. Over 2 million data points were collected during the 2012-2013 year.

Sustainable Energy Teaching and Innovation Lab (SETIL)

The Sustainable Energy Teaching Initiatives Teaching Laboratory (SETIL) is an expansion of the Maryland Educational Solar Array (MESA) project into the area of wind based power generation.  The overall concept of the facility is to provide students with hands on experience in the design and use of alternative energy generation and utilization.  Project construction and installation was completed One commercially available design and two experimental designs for vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) were created.

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