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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!

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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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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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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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10-Years of Sustainable Food

UMD’s award-winning Dining Services program has served as a leader for sustainability initiatives on campus for over a decade. Green Dining programs aim to educate the community while progressing UMD's carbon neutrality goal.

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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

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New Bins Make It Clear: Toss Your Glass Waste Here

Recycling Bins Added to Locations Across Campus
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At UMD’s Aquaponics Lab, the Farmers Have Fins

New Greenhouse Will Triple Research, Education of Sustainable Farming Method
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UMD Researchers’ ‘Cooling Glass’ Blasts Building Heat Into Space

New Coating Can Be Applied to Exterior Surfaces to Reduce AC Use, Fight Climate Change
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Fearlessly Forward: Climate Change Research


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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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