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  • Clearing Up the Runoff

    New Smart Sensors to Provide Real-Time Picture of Campus Stormwater Read More

  • Revolutionize the Commute: Electric Bicycle

    For the past three years, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Romel Gomez has challenged students to push the laws of physics and the limits of technology in his electric bicycle capstone course, where students have developed everything from a solar recumbent bike to an e-mountain bike capable of climbing the stairs of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. Read More

  • A Dose of Nature - New Study Finds Even Short Times Outdoors Have Therapeutic Effect on Mental Health

    Spending as little as 10 minutes of leisure time experiencing nature can measurably improve college students’ mental health and well-being, according to a recent study led by UMD and Cornell University researchers.

  • University of Maryland Among Top 100 Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

    February 19, 2020 College Park, MD — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today unveiled that the University of Maryland has one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges. Read More

  • Good Neighbor Day Seeking Team Leaders and Environmental Ambassadors

    The Office of Community Engagement is seeking volunteers to serve as team leaders or environmental ambassadors on Good Neighbor Day, the annual community day of service in College Park to beautify shared spaces and engage in sustainable practices.  The ninth annual Good Neighbor Day will take place on Saturday, April 4. The 2020 event is projecting more than 1,000 volunteers for nearly 25 service projects throughout Greater College Park. 

  • Smoothie-ing the Path to Sustainability

    E ach year, millions of tons of fresh produce never make it to stores because they’re bruised or blemished. But pretty or not, they all taste the same when tossed in a blender. That’s the thinking behind Seconds Smoothies, a venture headed by Max Skoglund ’20 and Catherine Sorensen ’20 that takes rejected fruit from local farmers, saves it from a trip to the landfill and serves it as a tasty beverage. 

  • Sustainable Tuesdays 2020 Schedule of Topics

    Co-Sponsored by the UMD Office of Sustainability and the UMD School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Sustainable Tuesday presentation series offers opportunities for the university community to learn about sustainability on the UMD campus. Each presentation happens on Tuesdays at 5:00pm, in the auditorium of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Room 0204) The schedule for 2020 is as follows:

  • University Halves Carbon Emissions Ahead of Schedule

    The University of Maryland has achieved a key milestone on the path to carbon neutrality: a 50% overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2018. This accomplishment comes more than one year ahead of the 2020 Climate Action Plan goal. Read More

  • UMD Arboretum Honored with Grand Award at 2019 Green Star Awards Program

    The UMD Arboretum was named the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) 2019 Green Star Grand Award recipient for excellence in grounds management for an urban university! The PGMS Green Star Grand Award is the highest recognition for excellence of landscape management practices in the country. Read More

  • Lunch with Leaders: The Nature Conservancy

    On Wednesday, November 13, join Kahlil Kettering ('15), Urban Conservation Program Director, Washington D.C., of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for Lunch with Leaders at the Do Good Accelerator. Enjoy lunch and a conversation about stormwater retention, green infrastructure, conservation, and more. Learn more and register at Read More

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