SustainableUMD Progress Hub: 2020 in Review
New SustainableUMD Website Launched!
Sustainable Transportation Programs & Incentives
Meet Sustainability Staff: Emily Hightower, Sustainability Coordinator
O P P O R T U N I T I E S
Final Grant Deadline: Sustainability Fund
Be sure to submit your grant application by the final deadline of January 15th, if you missed the priority deadline of October 15th.
If you have ideas on how to make our campus more sustainable apply for a grant anywhere between $2,000 - $330,000 to help you launch your vision into reality! Approximately $330,000 is available each fiscal year.
SustainableUMD Outreach Ambassadors
3-5 hours per week | Volunteer
SustainableUMD Ambassadors gain skills and experience in raising awareness and mobilizing action to protect our environment. Ambassadors will educate and empower fellow students with information, tools, programs and motivation to make environmentally responsible choices.
Green Terp Events: Swag & DIYs
Meet our student sustainability ambassadors and our hands-on sustainable activities like making DIY herb planting, upcycled coffee scrubs, or aromatherapy pouches! Commit and certify as a Green Terp and receive a free reusable utensil or straw set to reduce your plastic consumption. Join us for our Green Terp events to learn more, take the Green Terp pledge, and receive guides and resources for living sustainably at UMD!
Tue, Nov 2, 12-2pm | South Campus Dining Hall
Wed, Nov 3, 11am-1pm | Farmer's Market at Tawes Plaza
Thu, Nov 4, 4-6pm | Ritchie Coliseum
Mon, Nov 8, 11am-1pm | Stamp (Outside)
Wed, Nov 10, 11am-1pm | Farmer's Market at Tawes Plaza
Mon, Nov 15, 12-2pm | Stamp Student Union Food Court
Tue, Nov 16, 5-7pm | The Diner (Ellicott Community)
Wed, Nov 17, 11am-1pm | Farmer's Market at Tawes Plaza
Thursday, November 11, 12pm– 1pm
Join over 140 UMD offices across campus in achieving Green Office Certification. Select one or more representatives from your office to attend our 1-hour training on how to adopt sustainable practices and achieve bronze, silver, gold, and platinum-level certification!
Litter clean-ups, virtual sustainability workshops, gardening, a food drive, and more: Good Neighbor Day organizes service and community engagement across our campus and the City of College Park!
This annual tradition hosted by the UMD Office of Community Engagement brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park.
Volunteer to Green our Campus
UMD is an Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and with the help of volunteers, we can transform our landscape to become even more sustainable from pollinator gardens to the community garden, and beyond!
Farmers Market at Maryland
Wednesdays, 11am-3pm, Tawe’s Plaza
Support local farms and businesses while eating healthy and sustainable. At the weekly farmers market, you can find the SustainableUMD Outreach table, fruits, veggies, coffee, baked goods, jewelry, honey, jams, and more! The last day of the Market for the season is November 17th.
Sustainability Progress Review: 2020-2021
Explore UMD's progress towards campus sustainability during 2020-2021 on the SustainableUMD Progress hub through our new feature story and updated interactive data visualizations. Alongside drastic changes, including remote campus learning and working environments for many, sustainability has become an even greater priority for our campus community.
As you explore and reflect on our recent progress, consider how you might advance sustainability in the coming year- and create new norms that are even healthier and more sustainable than before!
New SustainableUMD Website
We've launched a whole new SustainableUMD website! The content in the "Topics" section of the site has been redeveloped to summarize programs and initiatives from across campus and provide linkages to the variety of sustainability efforts taking place at UMD. Check out the newly updated and redesigned website and let us know what you think!
Transition to Sustainable Transportation
UMD Transportation Services (DOTS) has made it even easier to use sustainable transportation options: helping reduce emissions, traffic, & parking hassles.
Sign up for Smart Commute- UMD’s trip planner showing sustainable commute alternatives such as local transit (including Shuttle-UM), local UMD carpool opportunities, and bike routes. By logging your sustainable trips in the Smart Commute platform, you can earn rewards that are redeemable for prizes!
Incentives for sustainable transportation include:
pre-tax payroll deduction for transit costs
bike commuter parking passes and shower access
half-price permits for registered carpoolers
free & reliable guaranteed ride home
free electric vehicle charging
carpool matching support
Meet Sustainability Staff: Emily Hightower
Emily was promoted to Sustainability Coordinator in July 2021. In her role, she tracks and publishes sustainability metrics; supports the implementation of the climate action plan; and assists campus stakeholders with sustainability rating systems and other reporting. She joined the UMD community in 2019 as a Sustainability Associate splitting her time between the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Energy and Engineering.
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.