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SustainableUMD News (searchable archive)

  • Building a Sustainable Future

    UMD collaborates on revitalization, restoration and renewal Since sustainability is--in essence--about the future, thoughtful planning is an essential piece of creating a story that achieves the kind of visions embodied in campus, community, and global sustainability goals. At the local scale, UMD and partners in government and business are guiding that planning with a deep commitment to “smart growth.” Read this feature story

  • Year in Review: 2020-2021

    The University continues to strive for excellence in climate action, aiming to achieve the visions embodied in campus, community, and global sustainability goals. The 2020 calendar year highlights the University’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and climate action even as financial and social challenges mounted with the impacts of the global pandemic. Read this feature story

  • The Importance of Environmental Justice

    Environmentalism in the black community has historically bridged the connection between health and the environment. Leaders of the community have advocated for environmental justice to protect low income and minority residents from health issues caused by large industries. In order to protect these underrepresented neighborhoods, environmental justice became apart of social justice. This sparked the environmental justice movement in the black community.

  • Refuse Reborn

    Trash to Treasure Program Collects Estimated 25 Tons of Recyclable, Reusable Goods. Read More

  • Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator launched

    With the recent launch of the Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA), the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) is poised to deliver on its mission of assisting energy related research and technology efforts to commercialize and move to market. Read More

  • Improvements to global power transmission & distribution could cut emissions

    The Center for Global Sustainability (UMD) at the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), launched new research in Nature Climate Change quantifying potential opportunities for emissions reductions from improvements to global power transmission and distribution.

  • Healthy Food, Healthy Environment

    Dining Services has expanded its menu of eco-friendly actions in hopes of providing students with a more sustainably satisfying experience.   The Anytime Dining Program launched in Fall 2016 gives residents on meal plans unlimited access to the three dining halls—they can enter as often and eat as much there as they like on reusable dishes (and no single-use, disposable products).  

  • UMD to Accelerate Carbon Neutrality Goal to 2025

    We are pleased to share this Maryland Today article about UMD’s new carbon neutrality goal. The Office of Sustainability researched options for achieving carbon neutrality, including transitioning to an all-electric fleet, and will work with campus partners to update the Climate Action Plan to reflect UMD’s new goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2025.

  • Sustainability at UMD Lecture Series

    This lecture series is offered during Spring 2021 as part of Professor Ralph Bennett’s ARCH 289i course called Sustainability at the University of Maryland, College Park and is co-sponsored by UMD's Office of Sustainability. Weekly on Tuesdays at 5pm until May 11, 2021 Join the lectures on Zoom:

More University Sustainability News

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Creating Greener Spaces, No Office Required

Revamped Program Looks for Sustainability Ideas in Every Corner of Campus
View Article Creating Greener Spaces, No Office Required
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‘Exhausted’ by the Car Commute? You Might Like a Bike

UMD’s Summer Slowdown Might Be the Perfect Time to Try 2 Wheels
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Sustainability Fund Awards Record $600K to Green Initiatives

Projects Combine Solar Power and Agriculture, Mitigate Methane Production, Reduce Stormwater Pollution
View Article Sustainability Fund Awards Record $600K to Green Initiatives
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