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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!

Sustainability Design Thinking Workshop Friday, 12/11, 12-1pm

Join the SCOOP, the Green Terp Program and the Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for a workshop to build our capacity to collaborate and to develop a vision for a more impactful sustainability movement at UMD! Sign up at 
Hi all - just a reminder to fill out this form if you'd like to leave your bike on campus during the break. DOTS provides secure and indoor storage for your bike or e-scooter, at a discount rate of $10 from now until the start of the spring semester. Drop off at your convenience at Regents Garage. More info, just email
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.
Want to investigate how continuing impacts of climate change, introduced species (including COVID-19) and the world political and economic stage have shaped the land and culture of New Zealand in the past and will continue to do so? Experience New Zealand virtually from live presentations and interviews with local experts on how the government approaches several aspects of sustainability, including but not limited to energy production (geothermal, hydropower, wind), ecological conservation programs (biodiversity), tourism, and low-impact urban design including stormwater management and architecture. Watch this short video clip to learn more!

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible. The courses offered count toward the Sustainability minor. Register in Testudo for the following three credit course:
Did you miss the 2020 UMD Environmental Justice Symposium? Great News! It was recorded and has been posted for you to watch now! View the playlist here!
Thinking of a way to reflect on your organization's past or current service? Terps for Change is offering one-time dialogues for student organizations on campus through a Pop-Up Series!

Dialogues are an hour long discussion about the topic of your choice, which include social identity introduction, social issue education, practicing inclusion, professional development, and community voice.
Discussion and reflection on service, whether virtual or in-person, increases participants' understanding of the work they're doing and allows them to have a deeper, more meaningful experience. All dialogues are online via Zoom and scheduling is flexible!

Sign your student organization up at!!
Email with any questions!

Fighting Phantom Flushes

Device Created by Terps Helps Keep Unnecessary Water—and Money—From Going Down the Toilet
Read more.

Water for Food Deserts

Student Aquaponics Project Could Help County Grow Urban Agriculture in Empty Buildings
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Dear Dr. T,

I never know what types of gifts to buy people! It doesn't matter if it's my family, my friends, or my colleagues! I see lots of cool trinkets and widgets, but honestly - does the world need one more of these things in it? 

What kind of gift can I buy that doesn't just add more junk?



Anti-Junk Junkie


Dear Junkie,

That's a toughie! Luckily, the fine folks over in the Office of Sustainability have posted this amazing Guide to Sustainable Gifting! It's full of ideas for mindful and ethical gifts this season!

The guide has ideas for ways to gift thoughtfully and reduce waste with solid recommendations for useful, functional, and sustainable alternatives!

Happy holidays!

- Dr. T.
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