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Hey Terps! We hope you're staying healthy and well. Here's your monthly update on sustainability at UMD 🐢. Have a question for Dr. T.?  Email it to us at sustainability @ and we will try to answer it in the next newsletter!

Welcome Back!

The University of Maryland Office of Sustainability strives for the integration of social, environmental, and economic solutions to ensure that all people can thrive, both now and in the future. Current events illuminate that we're stronger and more resilient when we work together. We will continue to learn, grow, leverage our skills and resources, and expand our partnerships this academic year to create an increasingly sustainable UMD.

We look forward to this new semester, working together... with a mask and from a safe, healthy distance!


As we move our outreach and engagement programs online, we are also looking to adjust to the changing UMD environment and culture in the face of the current changes resulting from the pandemic and social change movements. We would like to assess the SustainableUMD community's level of interest in events and discussions around topics relating to sustainability. 
Take the Outreach & Engagement Survey
The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $300,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.  
Submission deadline for next round of projects is October 15, 2020
FYI - your COVID-related masks, wipes, and gloves are NOT RECYCLABLE. Remember to put these types of items into the trash.
Did you know that June 2nd is the Maryland Primary Election? The TerpsVote Coalition is a combination of faculty and student stakeholders that advocate for a voter-friendly university. Learn more about registering to vote as a UMD student at
The Campus Pantry & Terp Farm are in need of volunteers. Volunteering with the Campus Pantry can include distribution assistance, set-up, stocking donations, checking in clients, and answering client questions. Volunteer shifts are 2 hours long and will take place on Fridays between 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Volunteering with the Terp Farm can include harvesting produce, weeding, seeding, washing and packing produce, and loading donations for drop off. Volunteer shifts start at 9 am are 4 hours long on either Thursdays or Saturdays.

Ready to make our community better for everyone?
Volunteer for these programs here

Dear Dr. T,

OMG have you seen the overflowing to-go boxes in the trash bins on campus? What the heck is going on?



Dear Yuck,

Thanks for your note. I have seen it. Things are a little crazy right now with the need for all of the to-go containers. Things will get better. Facilities Management is actively placing more trash bins...but it's up to all of us! Don't pile your trash on top of an already full bin! Hold it until you find a better spot. This will ensure that your trash doesn't become litter! And if you want to recycle, remember that the box is recyclable, the rest is compost or trash.

- Dr. T

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