2017-2018 Recipients

Environmental Justice Symposium

The CEEJH program and 17 for Peace and Justice will be hosting a symposium on May 4th-5th with a full day of activities on May 5th. This symposium connects UMD students, community activists, environmental advocacy groups, academics, health practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders in order to identify and address environmental justice and health issues in and around College Park, Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland, and Washington, DC.  

Next Generation Technologies for Sensing, Actuation, and Control of ReACT

For the fifth time in the history of the competition, the University of Maryland participated in the 2017 US DoE Solar Decathlon. Named reACT, for resilient Adaptive Climate Technology, Team Maryland’s design was driven by the goal of producing a modular house that can adapt to its uncertain and dynamically changing environment. The house ranked first among U.S. teams and will be rebuilt with upgraded systems next to the other solar decathlon house to create a Sustainability Park for research and education.

Understanding and Navigating Environmental Justice

This project is being run under the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) program in the School of Public Health with the goal to improve campus knowledge about environmental justice issues. This grant will go towards funding a speaker series, incorporating environmental justice into classes, and establishing a Summer Scholars Program for students doing environmental justice work over the summer. 

Gemstone Team Sunny D/Purify

This Gemstone research team is working with the University of Maryland Solar Decathlon team to develop a sustainable water filtration system that can be implemented in any new residential house being constructed. The goal for the system is to achieve net-positive water usage through a complex filtration system that incorporates greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting. This system distinguishes itself from other filtration systems by using strictly non-chemical filtration methods, thus increasing its environmental friendliness.

Gemstone Team Oysters

Team Oysters is a University of Maryland Gemstone Honors program affiliated student research team. Our project focuses on research of oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay for the declining population of the eastern oyster. The goals of our research are to create ecologically beneficial, cost-efficient, and more successful methods for future oyster   restoration efforts.

Gemstone Team OMEGA

While omega-3 fatty acids are an important nutrient, they are not synthesized by the human body and must be obtained through a well-rounded diet. Climate change and ocean acidification threaten the forage species (i.e. sardine and anchovies) that are vital to the production of U.S. fish oil and may lead to decreased production of omega-3 in the future. One suggested solution to this concern is genetic engineering, which is the approach Team Omega will be taking. The goal of Team Omega is to create a novel source of omega-3 fatty acids using genetic engineering techniques.

Gemstone Team CAPTURE

As carbon dioxide acts as a greenhouse gas, accelerating global warming, technologies that capture CO2 from the atmosphere offer the remarkable potential to mitigate some of the worst effects of climate change, potentially alleviating decades of damage.

Student Leadership in Campus Community Expanded

Student Leadership in Campus Community Expanded (SLCCE) builds on Year One of the Campus Community Connection pilot, and more specifically on the Student Leadership in Greater College Park Sustainability and Resiliency.  SLCCE will fund graduate assistants and undergraduate hourly to implement parts of at least 60 projects that were developed last year in the municipalities of College Park, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, University Park, Berwyn Heights and unincorporated Prince George’s communities near the University of Maryland such as Adelphi, Beltsville, Langley Park, and East

Stamp Vertical Garden

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland features an enclosed patio (Room 0467) that the university staff would like to utilize to provide students, faculty/staff, and visitors with a welcoming and productive environment as well as providing a space for awareness towards sustainable issues. This provides an opportunity for an innovative sustainability solution by incorporating a biowall on the main 10’ x 90’ wall of the enclosed patio.

Green Terp and Green Chapter

These programs, collectively called the Green Housing programs, were developed with the intent of engaging residential students in dynamic and interactive programs that promote personal and collective sustainability action. The programs support and reward students that embed sustainability into their daily actions and activities.


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