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Celebrating Stories

The collection of stories below is organized into two curated sets. 

The first set -- delineated in black -- is written by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with the SustainableUMD network. Each story includes interactive elements for you to explore. Feature stories highlight multi-year collaborative projects and aim to visually explore the resulting improvements and opportunities for a more resilient and sustainable campus. Other stories highlight specific departments and people who lead, collaborate and complete the necessary, ongoing work that drives UMD’s progress in sustainability.

The second set -- delineated in white -- compiles sustainability-related articles from the Office of Strategic Communications news source Maryland Today.

Current Stories from SustainableUMD

Dr. Pines and Testudo

A 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.

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Mural along Baltimore Avenue with Biker

Building a Sustainable Future

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.”

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UMD Graduate Student and Office of Sustainability Outreach Associate poses at Cool Food Pledge Outreach event

Sustainability in the Food System

In support of campus sustainability goals, Dining Services developed and adopted the Sustainable Food Action Plan in October 2012, committing to continuously provide more nutritious and environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food to campus diners.

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Student with Compost Collection Bin in Dining Hall

UMD's Journey to Curbing Waste

Despite the obstacles, UMD's departments have achieved major improvements in reducing waste and improving recycling, composting, and reuse systems. While tackling waste sources and systems is an ongoing process, each of us can contribute to progress towards much needed change.

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Past students at a faculty workshop on Sustainability

Advice from Young Alumni Leaders

UMD encourages students to think about and participate in sustainable living through courses and programs that integrate sustainability broadly across the curriculum and throughout student life. We asked young alums who lead SGA's Sustainability Committee and represented their peers on the University Sustainability Council to share their advice for current students.

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Current Sustainability Stories from Maryland Today

Shelves of Brita filters, desk lamps, mugs, etc.

Residence Hall Essentials Get New Lease on Life at Campus ‘ReStore’

Students Can Donate Gently Used Appliances, Accessories to Benefit Other Terps
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UMD Climate Change Policy Study Maps Path to Reach Greenhouse Goals

Researchers Recommend New Policies to Reduce Transportation Emissions by 2030
View Article UMD Climate Change Policy Study Maps Path to Reach Greenhouse Goals
illustration of trees both above and below the ground

Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory

Deceptively Simple Plan to Seal Away Carbon Could Alter Global Warming’s Trajectory
View Article Another Kind of Tree ‘Planting’ Puts UMD Team in Hunt for $100M Climate Victory
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