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In the April Issue:

OPPORTUNITIES:

  • SustainableUMD Ambassadors

  • Office of Sustainability Internships

  • On-Campus Student Openings

EVENTS:

  • Earth Month Events

  • UMD EarthFest

  • Sustainability Fund Grant Workshop

  • Green Office Training

UPDATES:

  • Progress Hub: Carbon Neutrality Data Dashboard

  • Meet Sustainability Staff: Susan Correy

O P P O R T U N I T I E S

SustainableUMD Ambassadors

3-5 hour per week, stipend

Join the SustainableUMD Ambassador Team for Fall 2022-Spring 2023, a dedicated group of students that work to communicate and promote the intersectionality of environmental, social, and economic sustainability across campus, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the campus-wide SustainableUMD Network.

SustainableUMD Ambassadors receive training and experience in developing skills in public speaking and peer-to-peer outreach as well as raising awareness and mobilizing action to protect our environment. Ambassadors will educate and empower fellow students with information, tools, programs, and motivation to make environmentally responsible choices.

Apply by May 9th

Office of Sustainability Internships

8 hours per week, $15/hour

The Office of Sustainability is now accepting applications for internships for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 academic year. Explore our new openings and apply by May 10th on our website:

  • Resident Engagement Intern

  • Green Greeks Intern

  • Leadership Development Intern

  • Student Sustainability Network Intern

  • Communications Intern

  • Staff Sustainability Intern

  • Outreach Events Intern

Apply by May 9th

On-Campus Student Openings

Green Dining Student Staff Positions (Farmers Market, Terp Farm, and Campus Pantry)

Fall 2022, 10 hours per week, $13 per hour

Under the direction of the Manager, the Student Staff report to and assist with daily operations of Green Dining projects including the UMD Campus Pantry, Terp Farm, and the Farmers Market at Maryland. Duties will vary according to location, but will generally include customer service, organizing, and cleaning, increasing the capacity of the overall program, planting, harvesting, and crop management at Terp Farm, assisting CCMA AmeriCorps VISTAs, and other assignments. Learn more & apply

Tree Inventory Intern with the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Fall 2022, 10 - 20 hours per week, $15 per hour

Under the guidance of the Campus Arborist, as well as other Arboretum staff, the Tree Inventory Intern will help to maintain the campus tree inventory, including: Collecting measurements and other data in the field to update existing specimens; Entering data on newly installed plant material; Assisting with volunteer events, urban forestry activities, and stormwater management activities as needed; and Operating state vehicles, as needed. Learn more & apply

Joint Agro-Ecology Field & Science Communications Internship with UMD Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Summer 2022, $15 an hour, 40 hours per week

The Center seeks two students for a summer internship that offers a hybrid of scientific research and outreach and communications. The ideal candidates have strong writing and communications skills coupled with knowledge in environmental science and an interest in agricultural landscapes. This internship is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Small Watershed Grant to explore how to restore agricultural fields that have been damaged by saltwater intrusion and sea-level rise to vibrant, thriving marshes full of healthy plants and animal species. It is being held in partnership with Agroecology Lab at the University of Maryland. Learn more & apply by 4/22/22.

Thriving Agriculture Systems in Urbanized Landscapes Internship with UMD Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Summer 2022, $15 an hour, 40 hours per week

The center seeks undergraduate student applicants interested in working as an intern on a project that will require extensive research related to agriculture, urbanization, land use, food systems, and policies in Maryland over a twenty-year period. This internship is part of a five-year $9 million project, “Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes” funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA.). Learn more & apply by 4/20/22.

E V E N T S

Earth Month at UMD

Events throughout April 2022 will celebrate Earth Day!

We have been compiling a calendar of events at earthmonth.umd.edu and will be promoting upcoming events at #earthmonthumd. Let us know at sustainability@umd.edu if you have any additional events to share and if you are interested in having a table at the big celebration, Earth Fest!

Week of April 4 - 10:

  • 4/6- 4/10 - Bike Week

  • 4/6 - UMD Farmers Market

  • 4/6 - Arbor Tree Ceremony

  • 4/8 - Walk With An Arborist

  • 4/8 - Decorate Your Bike Helmet

  • 4/9 - Five Senses Hike

  • 4/9 - Mountain Bike & Camp

  • 4/10 - Bike UMD/SOA Riverside Clean-Up

Week of April 18 - 23:

  • 4/19 & 4/21 - MD Honey Sale

  • 4/20 - UMD Farmers Market

  • 4/20 - Earth Fest

  • 4/22 - NatureRx@UMD Speaker: Nature Therapist

  • 4/22 - Earth Day For Animals

  • 4/22 - ALPFA PWC - Earth Day Service

  • 4/22 - Environmental Justice Film

  • 4/23 - Stream Clean-Up

Week of April 25 - 30:

  • 4/27 - Dominion- Animal Documentary

  • 4/30 - SustainableUMD @ Maryland Day

UMD Earth Month 2022

UMD EarthFest

Wed, April 20, 11am- 3pm, Hornbake Plaza

UMD's fun outdoor Earth Day festival will include interactive exhibits and activities from student groups, campus departments, and beyond. There will be upcycling crafts, a photo booth, a free clothing swap, music, activities, raffles, food, and more! Organizations and departments can register for a table until Friday, April 15th.

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability, SustainableUMD Ambassadors, & SGA Sustainability Committee

Earth Fest

Sustainability Fund Grant Workshop

Mon, April 25, 6-8 pm, Innovation Loft- ESJ 2101

This in-person workshop is for students interested in applying for a Sustainability Fund grant. During the workshop, you will brainstorm and troubleshoot your grant proposal ideas to advance campus sustainability.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to identify proposal topics, brainstorm ideas, learn and utilize the steps of Design Thinking, connect with potential grant collaborators, and devise an action plan for developing a strong Sustainability Fund grant application prior to the deadline. This interactive session is designed for students who wish to create proposals to meet one another as well as the students and staff reviewing and awarding Sustainability Fund grant proposals. Students at all phases of the grant writing process are welcome to attend, though we recommend considering topics of interest ahead of time.

Registration is required and limited to the first 40 students who register, you will be notified by email if you are on the waiting list. Please register here by Wednesday, April 20

Hosted by: the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Fund Student Review Committee, Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Register by April 20th

Green Office: Staff Training

Tuesday, April 12th, 12 pm-1 pm

Lead your office in adopting sustainability through certification with the UMD Green Office Program! Join the over 140 offices across campus in achieving Green Office Certification by implementing a checklist of sustainable actions at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels. Select one or more representatives from your office to attend a 1-hour, virtual training to gain sustainable practices and tools, tips, resources, and guidance on the steps to achieve certification!

Green Office Training

U P D A T E S

Progress Hub: Carbon Neutrality

In April 2021, President Pines announced that UMD would accelerate the target date for carbon neutrality by 25 years: moving forward to 2025 from 2050.

  • UMD has cut 62% greenhouse gas emissions since 2005.

  • As of 2020, 100% of the power UMD purchases from the grid is renewable.

  • Over 9,000 solar panels on campus have generated the equivalent of over 273 million hours of light, 12 million miles driven, or 13,821 trees saved.

UMD’s Progress: Carbon

Meet Sustainability Staff: Susan Corry

Susan Corry is the Director of Engineering and Energy with UMD Facilities Management. Recently Susan Corry was awarded a Women in Smart Energy Award by Smart Energy Decisions. This award recognizes women from around the country for exemplary work in energy and sustainability.

Susan has worked at UMD for over 14 years and has been pivotal in the development and implementation of renewable energy strategies that achieved the university’s goal of 100% purchased electricity from renewable sources in 2020, the facilitation of energy performance contracts and other externally funded energy conservation projects that have saved the university millions of dollars, the development and construction of the campus solar canopy project - the first large-scale renewable energy project on campus, and her continued collaboration with state energy officials.

Learn more about UMD’s Office of Sustainability

SustainableUMD represents the University of Maryland’s commitment to advance sustainability through teaching, research, service, and operations. The UMD Office of Sustainability celebrates these efforts through the SustainableUMD newsletter, website, social media, and more.