In the February Issue:


  • Environmental Justice Scholars Program

  • Do Good Institute Mini-Grants

  • Sustainability Fund Mini-Grants


  • Cool Food at the Dining Halls

  • Sustainable Tuesdays Speaker Series

  • Campus Race to Zero Waste


  • Progress Hub: Waste Data Dashboard

  • Meet Sustainability Staff: William “Bill” Mallari


Environmental Justice Summer Scholars

40 hours/week for 10 weeks, paid

The Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) in the UMD School of Public Health is launching a Summer Scholars program. The paid internship is remote and includes a $5,000 stipend.

  • Gain skills in research, science communication, community science, capacity building, environmental justice policy, and career planning

  • Deploy air quality monitors and general research support

  • Conduct data analysis and visualization

  • Write blog posts; create education and outreach materials

  • Weekly skills workshops

Apply by March 15th

Do Good Grants & Opportunities

The Do Good Institute Mini-Grant program and Accelerator Fellow program are currently accepting applications for this semester. Mini-grants provide up to $500 towards social or environmental impact initiatives, and Fellows is a semester-long cohort program where student leaders earn a stipend as they get support to advance their impact initiative. The institute is also accepting applications for the Do Good Challenge, an annual pitch competition where the top impact teams are invited to pitch onstage for a prize pool of over $20k.

The Student Voices blog featured an initiative that the Office of Sustainability and Green Terp program collaborated on with a student leader, Naomi, to reduce plastic waste on campus: "We created a line of stickers that would be given out to students who took the Green Terp Pledge. If students used this sticker in confluence with their reusable cup, they would receive a 10 percent discount from campus shops and cafes!"

Do Good Institute: Grants, Fellows & More

Sustainability Mini Grants

$1 - $2,000 per award

Sustainability Mini Grants offer up to $2,000 to encourage the development or maintenance of projects or programs that improve the sustainability of the UMD campus and/or enhance opportunities for students to learn about sustainability issues. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply on a rolling basis and applicants will receive funding decisions within 30 days of submitting an application.

Apply by April 30th


Sustainability Volunteers for Maryland Day

The Office of Sustainability is seeking volunteers to assist with the Sustainability booth at Maryland Day. Our deadline to sign up as a volunteer is February 24th and Maryland Day is on Saturday, April 30th. Maryland Day is the University of Maryland’s largest community outreach event, an annual campus-wide outdoor festival featuring a day of learning, fun and discovery.

At the Sustainability tent volunteers will help host fun, hand-on upcycling craft activities to raise awareness about sustainability for kids and all ages. Volunteers will also sign up visitors to a Sustainability Pledge, to help people not only learn ways to take action, but to commit to following through on their pledge with tools and resources.

If you are passionate about sustainability and want to help raise awareness and encourage action to a broader community, please sign up to volunteer!

Volunteer for Sustainability Awareness

Cool Food at the Dining Halls

Tuesday, February 8th, 12-2pm, 251 North Dining Hall

Explore environmentally friendly, plant-based food options at the Dining Halls and play sustainable food trivia with the SustainableUMD Ambassadors! The University of Maryland was the first university to join the Cool Food Pledge, a growing movement committed to addressing the climate impact of food by collectively slashing food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030.

Dining Sustainability

Sustainable Tuesdays Speaker Series

Tuesdays, 5-6:15pm

Room 0204, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Explore campus sustainability through our annual Spring lecture series, free and open to all (following 4Maryland guidelines). This series is offered as part of ARCH 272, “Sustainability at the University of Maryland, College Park”, organized by Professor Emeritus Ralph Bennett.

2/1: Sustainability and the College Park Campus, Carlo Colella, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Scott Lupin, Director, UMD Office of Sustainability

2/8: Global Warming and Climate Change Explained, Dr. Ross Salawitch, Prof., Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

2/15: Food and Sustainability at College Park, Colleen Wright-Riva, Director, Allison Lilly Tjaden, Assistant Director, UMD Dining Services

2/22: Smart Growth: Making Sustainable Places, Settlements and Cities, Ralph Bennett, Prof. Em., FAIA, LEED AP, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

3/1: Buying Energy for a (Really) Big User, Susan Corry, Director, Engineering & Energy, UMD Facilities Management

Visit the website to see the rest of the semesters’ featured speakers:

Sustainable Tuesdays Speaker Series

Campus Race to Zero Waste

This is the 12th year UMD is competing in the annual Campus Race to Zero Waste Competition. The eight-week competition spans February and March, as schools compete to reduce waste, and increase recycling and composting rates. Formerly known as RecycleMania, this benchmarks our school’s recycling and waste diversion program against colleges and universities across the US and Canada, within the Big10, and the state of Maryland.

Last year, UMD ranked 8th in the Food Organics (Compost) category, improving from 56th in 2020! To help our school continue to be a national leader in recycling, we all can continue to reduce waste and follow UMD’s recycling and compost guidelines on campus.

Campus Race to Zero Waste


ESSR: Sustainability & Safety

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (ESSR) is committed to providing leadership in the identification, management, and mitigation of safety and environmental risks in addition to fostering safety and sustainability on UMD’s campus. In addition to the Office of Sustainability, learn about Environmental Affairs (including stormwater, air quality, and regulated waste), Risk Management, Research Safety, Occupational Safety & Health, and the Fire Marshal's Office. Together, the offices of ESSR work to create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for the UMD community.

ESSR Annual Report

Progress Hub: Waste

UMD has been making strides in reducing waste and sustainable purchasing. In the 15 years from 2005 to 2020, the waste that UMD sent to the landfill has dropped by 72% to 2,609 tons. Paper consumption has decreased 91% since 2007 and the percent of recycled paper purchased has tripled. Explore the data dashboard to learn more about UMD’s recycling and compost rates!

UMD’s Progress towards Waste Minimization

Meet Sustainability Staff: Bill Mallari

William “Bill” Mallari recently retired as Assistant Director of Campus Development, Department of Planning and Construction, Facilities Management. As a student in Architecture, he first worked at UMD as a Planning Assistant/Intern with the Office of Plans, Programs & Campus Development at UMD in 1976. He then went on to several architectural firms and returned to work at UMD from 1997-2022.

Bill promoted a holistic planning and design culture within Facilities Management and across campus divisions and departments. He gained recognition for his leadership of the UMD Facilities Master Plan and its lasting establishment of an environmental stewardship ethic beyond regulatory compliance for projects. The 2002 Facilities Master Plan established UMD’s first broad goal of practicing “environmental stewardship”. Simultaneously, then Provost William Destler established a campus Environmental Stewardship Committee and with Bill’s contributions, went on to develop broad Environmental Stewardship Guidelines for the campus.

Bill’s work helped to permeate environmental sustainability practices throughout university teaching, research, and operations He helped UMD receive grants for environmental research that would translate into the physical landscape of campus. His collaboration with faculty helped to establish the earliest campus rain gardens, initiate a campus tree inventory program, incorporate the use of GIS and Tree Radar as tools for the campus, establish the campus as an Arboretum and Botanical Garden (2010), and garner continuous national recognition as a Tree Campus USA.

Learn more about UMD’s Sustainability Efforts

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.