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Celebrating Stories

Students, staff, faculty, and campus community members complete the necessary, ongoing work that drives UMD's progress in sustainability. Celebrating Stories aims to highlight these many successes and connect UMD's community to campus sustainability resources. Explore articles, feature stories, and newsletters to stay up-to-date on UMD's sustainability activities and find inspiration for your next sustainability-focused adventure!

Craig, pictured above, in front of the display in the Plant Sciences Building

Tiny Bugs, Big Impact

Supported by the Sustainability Fund, entomology graduate student leads collaborative education and outreach about the importance of protecting insect biodiversity to support ecosystem services that are essential to every field of study at UMD.

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Students volunteer at the upgraded Community Learning Garden

Growing Gardens from Grants

A $30,000 grant from the Sustainability Fund helps the Community Learning Garden grow to support learning, community, and food security at the university.

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Outreach Bike at Terp to Terp Event

Pedaling for the SDGs: SustainableUMD’s New Outreach Bike

A new tool for engagement in the Office of Sustainability, the Outreach Bike adds mobility and addresses one of the grand challenges on our campus: sustainability and climate action.

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Shuttle Bus at M Circle

Funding for the Future: Internships, Biodiversity, and more!

More than $230K awarded in 2022-2023 grant cycle towards sustainable operations, academics, and research. Learn how and when to submit a sustainability fund proposal.

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Other Resources: Campus Leaders in Sustainability


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All Schools and Colleges at UMD include academic and research opportunities relating to sustainability. Staff and administrative teams throughout the university incorporate sustainability into the university operations. We're committed to addressing the grand challenges of climate change and sustainability.

The SustainableUMD Network connects students, staff, faculty, and other community members to sustainability-related opportunities at UMD. This section curates a collection of resources -- reports, articles, newsletters, social media accounts, and other resources -- created by many sustainability-affiliated units across campus.

Sustainability in Maryland Today

Produced by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Maryland Today frequently highlights sustainability successes from the UMD community. Explore some recent articles published in Maryland Today or click the link below to view more sustainability-related Maryland Today topic tags.

Maryland Today Articles: Sustainability

two people work on laptops near plants and recycling bins; one person walks with bike

Creating Greener Spaces, No Office Required

Revamped Program Looks for Sustainability Ideas in Every Corner of Campus
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two bikers ride on road

‘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
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Fearlessly Forward: Climate Change Research


UMD on Earth

UMD is a global leader in the study of climate change, with more than 200 researchers and experts working across disciplines in partnership with NASA, NOAA and other federal agencies to identify solutions for a global crisis. We’re committed to saving the planet–and the turtles. 

UMD researchers are addressing climate change and environmental and energy challenges through a unique approach, combining natural and social science research with sustainable technologies. UMD researchers contribute to actionable science, offering policy makers direct data to help them make decisions about how to adapt to the conditions of our evolving environment.

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