At the University of Maryland, students are celebrated for their continuous effort to accelerate the University’s transition to a sustainable campus. The impact of student sustainability change agency is visible over the history of UMD’s sustainability progress:
- In 2007, students helped the University launch the Office of Sustainability.
- In 2009, students helped establish the University Sustainability Council.
- In 2010, students created the Sustainability Fund which has since awarded over $2 million in grants.
- In 2014, students encouraged the campus transition to renewable energy and energy conservation best practices.
- In 2018, students offset undergraduate commuting emissions bringing the University one step closer to carbon neutrality.
But what does it mean to be a sustainability change-agent on campus? Where, or how, should a student start? Undergraduate Student Representatives on the University Sustainability Council offer their advice: