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Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land


UN Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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Stories related to UMD's Smart Growth Goals

Traffic on Beltway (Photo from GettyImages)

UMD Survey Indicates ‘New Normal’ for Maryland’s Daily Commute

Mar 28, 2023 -- Hybrid, In-person Workers Reject Transit and Biking, Even for Short Trips

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Cluster of honey bees within a hive

Pollinator Conservation Initiative Seeks Bee Campus USA Designation

Mar 07, 2023 -- Arboretum and Botanical Garden Announces Bee Campus USA Designation in Partnership with PollinaTerps

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Old ShuttleUM Bus on Campus

‘Quite a Ride’

Feb 24, 2023 -- Looking Back at Shuttle-UM’s Beginnings as Service Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Illustration of Commuting (by Kolin Behrens)

Are You an A+ on an E-scooter?

Feb 06, 2023 -- Take Our Quiz on ‘Micromobility’ Options for a Safe Trip Across Campus

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Street Planting (Photo by Meghan Avolio)

Urban Trees Rooted in Redlining and Environmental Injustice

Oct 5, 2022 -- Neighborhood Trees in Baltimore Tell Tale of Historical Racial Discrimination

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Karin Burghardt (Image John T. Consoli / Faye Levine

Choosing Trees to Cool Cities Wisely

Sep 27, 2022 -- Researchers Explore Urban Plants as Part of Climate Strategy

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Shuttle Bus at M Circle

What You Need to Know in Fall 2022: Getting Around on a Growing Campus

Aug 30, 2022 -- Learn What’s New in Bus Routes, E-Bikes, Construction, Trip-planning Apps and More

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Photo of house in Chesapeake Bay area (Edwin Remsberg)

Researchers Uncover Barriers to Green Infrastructure in Chesapeake Bay Watersheds

Sep 15, 2021 -- For Increased Program Participation, Study Highlights Barriers In Deploying "Green Infrastructure" For Stormwater Management

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Mural along Baltimore Avenue with Biker

Building a Sustainable Future

Nov 18, 2020 -- Smart Growth and Development Projects Reshaping Greater College Park 

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