In November’s Issue:


  • UMD Sustainability Grants Deadline

  • SustainableUMD Ambassadors


  • Green Terp Events: Swag & DIYs

  • Green Office Training

  • Good Neighbor Day

  • Volunteer Events

  • Farmers Market at UMD


  • SustainableUMD Progress Hub: 2020 in Review

  • New SustainableUMD Website Launched!

  • Sustainable Transportation Programs & Incentives

  • Meet Sustainability Staff: Emily Hightower, Sustainability Coordinator


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.

Apply by January 15, 2021
Photo by Emily Hightower

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.

Apply by November 29, 2021


Photo by Emily Hightower, featuring Taylor Brinks

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

Green Terp Events
Green Office Representative Training 10.21.21

Green Office Training

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!

Register for the November 11th Green Office Training

Good Neighbor Day

Saturday, November 13th

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.

Register for Good Neighbor Day

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!

Volunteer with the UMD Arboretum

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.

Explore the UMD Farmers Market


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!

Explore Sustainability Progress: 2020-2021 in Review

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!

Explore the new Sustainability at UMD site

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

Transition to Sustainable Transportation

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.

Learn more about UMD’s Office of Sustainability

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.