In the September Issue:


  • Sustainability Fund Review Committee Applications Due Sept 13

  • Sustainability Fund Grants Due Oct 15

  • Student Opportunities at UMD

  • Recycling Volunteers Needed for Tailgate at Home Games


  • Green Office Training — 9/13

  • Farmers Market at Maryland

  • Garden Volunteer Hours


  • UMD Recognized in the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

  • Pines Commits to Fossil Fuel-free Power Plant by 2035

  • First Year Book: “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, & Solutions for the Climate Crisis”

  • Getting Greener: Sustainability Fund Updates in Fall 2022

  • New Guideline: Tape All Batteries Before Recycling

  • UMD Smart Commute Incentives: Local Paths & Trails

  • Meet Sustainability Staff: Sara Coleman, Recycling Coordinator


Sustainability Fund Review Committee

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the Sustainability Fund Review Committee to assess applications for Sustainability Fund Grants and recommend projects for funding to the University Sustainability Council. Undergraduate students on the committee commit to weekly meetings from October-December and February-April to review grant requests. Applications to apply to the Committee are due by 11:59pm on September 13th. This is an opportunity for students to make meaningful and significant contributions to university sustainability policies, projects, and programs that have a lasting impact. Reach out to the Committee Chair, Sabrina LaBold at if you have any questions.

Apply by Sept 13

Sustainability Fund Grant

Between $2,000 and $400,000

If you have ideas on how to make our campus more sustainable, apply for a grant to help you launch your vision into reality! Approximately $400,000 is available each fiscal year. Email with questions or concerns.

Apply by Oct 15

Student Opportunities at UMD — Fall 2022

Sustainable Transportation Student Assistant (DOTS)

Immediate start, $12.95/hour, with the option to continue into Spring 2023. Apply now (application deadline temporarily extended).

UMD Arboretum & Botanic Garden Intern

Minimum of 10 hours a week, maximum of 20 hours a week, unpaid but course credit may be available. Apply here.

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

10 hours per week, $13/hour. Appy here.

Explore SustainableUMD Internships & Opportunities


Green Office Training

Tuesday, September 13, 12:30-1:30pm | Virtual

Join the over 600 offices across campus in achieving Green Office Certification! Offices are encouraged to elect one or more representatives from your office to attend our 1-hour, virtual training on how to adopt sustainable practices and achieve bronze, silver, gold, and platinum level Green Office certification! The UMD Green Office Program includes checklists of sustainable actions for offices to select from, along with guidance tools, and templates to support staff to implement each action.

Register for Green Office Training
Students shopping at UMD's weekly Farmers Market

Farmers Market at Maryland

Wednesdays, 11am-3pm | Tawe’s Plaza

The campus Farmers Market is back for the fall season. The market features producer-only local vendors from within 250 miles of College Park. Every farmer and producer selling at the market grows or makes what they sell themselves— including fresh produce, bread, honey, wine, and more. Market Manager, Chef Larry Tumlin, offers a cooking demonstration (with free samples) at noon during each Market. The Market is open until November 16th.

Learn More

Garden Volunteer Hours

Community Learning Garden: Mondays 3-4pm, Thursdays 3-4pm, & Saturdays 10-11am

Drop in to any weekly work hours at the Community Learning Garden and assist with planting, pruning, weeding, planning, watering, or harvesting. As an added bonus, you can take home whatever vegetables, fruit, or herbs were harvested that day! For K-12 students this counts toward Service Learning hours.

There are also weekly volunteer hours for campus pollinators and flower gardens arranged through Facilities Managements’ UMD Arboretum unit.

Garden Volunteering


UMD Recognized as Top Performer in Sustainability

UMD achieved a Gold Rating on the national Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Report through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Today, UMD was recognized as a Top Performer in waste minimization and sustainable research by the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index as a result. The Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas.

Sustainable Campus Index Report

Pines Commits to Fossil Fuel-free Power Plant by 2035

“One of my very first announcements as president was to commit this university to carbon neutrality by 2025 on an accelerated timeline. A carbon-neutral campus is a significant step, but now it’s time to set our sights on greatly reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

I am announcing today that we are committed to a fossil fuel-free power plant under the NextGen Energy Program by 2035.” — President Pines

NextGen Energy Project

First Year Book: “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis,

This year’s First Year Book is an anthology of essays, poetry, and art by a diverse group of women leading the charge on climate solutions, a book entitled, “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.” UMD Provost Jennifer King Rice announced, All We Can Save illuminates why we need to find solutions to the climate crisis. Doing so can help us build a society of racial justice, better living conditions, and more equitable distribution of scarce resources... Our campus is committed to addressing this idea by exploring new and effective paths to a better future. As we read this book, we challenge our community to work together in developing solutions using the strength of our diversity. We are excited that UMD’s 2022-2023 First Year Book is All We Can Save and look forward to the conversations we will have on these important issues.”

All students, faculty, and staff may pick up a free copy from the Student Union or Marie Mount Hall. On October 26th, Favianna Rodriguez, one of the authors featured in the book will speak on campus.

Learn More & Get a Free Book

Getting Greener: Sustainability Fund Updates

Fall 2022 brings important updates for the Sustainability Fund. Explore projects from the previous academic year, hear from the new Sustainability Fund Review Committee Chair, and learn about new fund opportunities in the SustainableUMD Progress Hub article, “Getting Greener.”

Read the article

New Guideline: Tape All Batteries Before Recycling

All batteries dropped in the university’s battery recycling bins across campus must have their metal terminals taped to prevent fires and maintain safety, the Recycling and Solid Waste Unit of Facilities Management has announced. Lead-acid batteries and any that are swollen, leaking, corroded or burned should not be placed in battery recycling bins. The Environmental Affairs unit of the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk will collect lead-acid batteries and damaged batteries separately. Email to coordinate a pickup.

Battery bin locations will be updated on the campus web map throughout the fall semester. For questions or additional information about battery recycling, email the Recycling and Solid Waste Unit at

New Battery Recycling Guideline

UMD Smart Commute: Sustainable Incentives

As you plan for a new commute this semester, sign up for Smart Commute to learn about your sustainable commute options, find a carpool match, and earn rewards by logging your sustainable commute trips. Between August 29 and December 12, you can earn points for biking, walking, carpooling, or taking transit to/from campus by logging your sustainable trips in the Smart Commute digital platform. Redeem your points in the Fall Commute Store for great prizes including an AeroGarden and metal water bottle! One-way Biking, walking, transit, and carpool trips = 5 points and Telecommute trips = 1 point.

For every 10 bike commutes (5 days of roundtrip commuting), you can earn a free one-day parking pass for a rainy day. Learn how to enter and track your trips!

Commute Smart

UMD Smart Commute: Sustainable Incentives

Trails & Green Spaces: On & Around UMD

Explore our guide to green spaces, bike paths, trails, and more that are easily accessible from campus! Explore these paths and trails as sustainable commute alternatives, and/or for outdoor recreation and exercise!

Explore the UMD Hike/Bike Guide

Meet Sustainability Staff: Sara Coleman

The mission of Facilities Management is to create and care for the physical environment that enables the University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff to achieve excellence. Within FM, the Recycling and Solid Waste Unit leads programs to keep materials out of the landfill and comply with University recycling and solid waste management targets.

Sara’s role as the recycling coordinator is to develop, coordinate and manage projects and programs aimed at expanding and improving recycling on campus. Sara strives to develop the most economical and environmentally sound methods for waste collection on campus and aid in tracking waste diversion metrics. She works closely with students, faculty, and staff to provide education and training. She also produces communications and outreach materials and manages campus recycling social media accounts. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to the DMV region in 2017. Prior to UMD, she worked in several non-profit and government settings to advance coastal conservation and restoration. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, painting, and spending time outdoors.

Learn more about Terps Recycle

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.

Have a question or want to submit content for the SustainableUMD Newsletter? Contact with the subject line: “Newsletter Content”