A sustainable campus doesn't happen overnight. The University of Maryland has been working towards sustainability since 2007, and each year, we have taken new steps and made progress. These successes and challenges are tracked in three major formats:
The Sustainability Goals set broad targets, ranging from energy use to purchasing, to guide sustainability efforts. These broad goals are issued by the University Sustainability Council to guide UMD's sustainability efforts.
The Office of Sustainability continually collects data and information from across campus to measure progress toward UMD's Sustainability Goals. The SustainableUMD Progress Hub provides data dashboards, stories from the UMD community and ways to connect local action at UMD with global sustainability goals. Each fall, the Office of Sustainability presents a progress snapshot from the past year at a Sustainability Council meeting to celebrate achievements and identify areas of improvement.
First created in 2008-2009 and revised in 2015-2016, the Climate Action Plan sets out regular benchmarks to lower the university's carbon footprint, gradually guiding the campus toward carbon neutrality in 2050. Our university Climate Action Plan was an extension of the Climate Leadership Commitments, which provide a framework and support for American colleges and universities to eventually become carbon neutral and improve regional resilience to climate change.