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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!
The University of Maryland Office of Sustainability supports and advances environmental performance, economic prosperity, and social equality through a variety of initiatives. Want to get involved? Visit us on the web to find out more!

Join BikeUMD on a group bike ride for fun, fitness, and to cast 2020 General Election Ballots!

Terps, early voting in Maryland starts in October and it’s time to steer our future! BikeUMD is leading small group distanced bike tours around campus, and will make stops at a nearby drop box for Prince George's County residents and a nearby U.S. Post Office for out of area registered voters to cast our ballots. Join the ride at either 10am or 2pm on Friday, October 16, 2020, for this historic event! Meet at the Regents Drive Garage Front Lawn Register and more info here.

It's Walktober!


Celebrate Walktober by getting outside and taking a stroll on your favorite path or trail. View the webinars and information sessions highlighting current walk programs and initiatives. Walking is great for your body and mind. Grab your sneakers and go enjoy the fall weather! Don't feel comfortable walking the gardens on campus? Try it virtually by walking along this storymap of UMD's campus gardens and outdoor art! 

UMD Alumni Founded Environmentenlist

After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, UMD alum Sameera Polavarapu started her own podcast, blog, newsletter and consultancy called environmentenlist. She wanted to change the way people learn and advocate for environmental action. Support a fellow Terp and go check out her website and podcast! One of her recent blogs talks about how to vote for the environment, a really great read in light of Election Day approaching. 

Looking for some sustainable Fall activities? Having fun and being sustainable are NOT mutually exclusive. Here are a few ideas:
  • Shop at a farmers market - Maryland has a TON of amazing local markets to choose from.  View this map from the Maryland Farmer's Market Association to find the one most local to you!

  • DIY gifts and decor with natural materials - Love doing it yourself? Check this awesome pinterest list of homemade gifts you'd actually want to get!

  • Donate unwanted warm clothing items - We all know how cold it gets in Maryland during the winter is the time to donate some warm clothes! See this list of coat drive locations in MD

  • Go for a fall hike - Love hiking but looking for a new spot? See these 7 Short And Sweet Fall Hikes In Maryland With A Spectacular End View

  • Thrift a Halloween costume - Ready to get creative with your reuse? You don't have to spend a fortune on a Halloween costume. See this pinterest list of thrift store halloween costume ideas!

  • Support a local pumpkin patch - Ready for fall fun? Find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, safe trick-or-treating, hayrides and other Fall and Halloween fun near you at this website!

Dear Dr. T,

I have been eating a lot (a much) of takeout this semester. I see so much plastic waste everytime I go out...How can I limit single-use items in my kitchen and home?


Single-Use Hater

Dear SUH,

Great question! There are many things you can do to limit single-use items in your household. Invest in reusable storage like glass containers and silicone sandwich bags. Skip plastic water bottles and opt for a metal or glass water bottle.

If you do accumulate any plastic, first try and reuse it. If not, recycle, recycle, recycle! Avoid buying food and other items with excess packaging. If you need any more ideas, watch this quick video about how to have a zero waste kitchen!

- Dr. T

The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMD. The next round of project requests is due by January 15, 2021. Learn more about the program here.
Plumbing a Problem

UMD Researcher provides a case study and roadmap for urban centers dealing with antiquated infrastructure and storms strengthened by climate change. Read the article.
The Compounding Costs of Air Pollution

UMD Study Finds Increased Electricity Use and Decreased Solar Power Generation, Threatening Energy Access. Read the article.

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