Corrected Version 7/19/21: Update to Associate position best consideration date and news about the NextGen energy project. Thanks for understanding!
The Office of Sustainability seeks students and recent grads to support campus sustainability programs, projects and initiatives
Please share with any students or recent grads looking to gain professional experience contributing to the sustainability field!
40 hours/week, paid with benefits
A full-time entry-level position for which a recent UMD graduate would be ideal. The associate will help run outreach programs and communications initiatives.
10 hours/week, paid & eligible for 3 class credits
Provide support, training, coaching, presentations, and event facilitation to Greek chapters pursuing Green Chapter certifications. Support the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Office of Sustainability in program coordination, support sustainability chairs for participating chapter, collaborate with outreach interns, and support the Resident Director (RD) Graduate Assistant assigned to the Green Chapter Program.
10 hours/week, paid & eligible for 3 class credits
Intern to help offices earn their annual certification by consulting and coaching, tracking, reporting, and updating each offices’ checklist.
3 hours/week, volunteer position & eligible for 1 class credit
Apply to join a select team of student leaders who conduct tabling to encourage action and awareness through hands-on activities, commitments, and events.
4 hours/month, volunteer position
Apply to join a select team of student leaders who provide an hour-long sustainability lesson to introductory classes during the Fall semester.
UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities
Aug 19th - 21st 2021
The 7th annual UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities will convene numerous community members, nonprofit organizers, and researchers for an in-depth examination of ongoing environmental justice and health disparity issues affecting the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.
No cost, Hosted by UMD’s Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH).
Free Climate Corner webinars occur every other Wednesday from 4-5:30pm, hosted by Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland College Park. Learn more!
July 7: Natural climate solutions: Letting plants reduce atmospheric CO2
July 21: Don’t mess with the carbon cycle & the path(s) to “net-zero”
Aug. 4: Your carbon footprint and how to shrink it
Aug. 18: Taming residential food waste
Sept. 1: Moderation in all things: Moving toward a plant-based diet
Sept. 15: How well do different policies work to curb climate change?
The Division of Administration hosted a Virtual Campus Briefing at the end of last semester on the NextGen Energy Program to share more information about the university’s plans to replace, renew, and modernize our campus energy system. The NextGen Energy Program will play a critical role in the university’s commitment to carbon neutrality and advancing campus wide sustainability goals.
During the briefing, Carlo Colella, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; Charles Reuning, Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer; and Scott Lupin, Director of the Office of Sustainability spoke about the role NextGen will play in improving the resiliency of our system.
If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch a recording of the briefing, check out a version of the presentation that was shared, and read more about the program at NextGen.umd.edu.
You can also sign up to receive updates at the bottom of the NextGen homepage.
Volunteer with the UMD Arboretum
Join the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden for monthly volunteer events including plantings, litter clean-ups, and invasive species removals. The Arboretum also offers tours of the sustainable features of the campus landscape and plantings including pollinator gardens, rain gardens, and vegetable gardens- virtually or in person. Support greening of the campus landscape by dedicating a tree, volunteering, and more! Your office, organization, or Greek chapter can also ‘adopt a garden’ to tend to consistently.
UMD sustainability research lead innovation to advance sustainability solutions on campus & beyond
California’s almond trees rely on honey bees and wild pollinators, but a lack of good habitat is making their job harder according to UMD professor Erik Lichtenberg. Read More
U.S. beekeepers continue to report high colony loss rates, UMD-led survey finds Bee Informed Partnership’s results used to help beekeepers, Researchers seeking solutions. Read More
Landfills are a much bigger source of the greenhouse gas methane than previously thought says UMDs professor, Russ Dickerson. Read More
The NGFS Climate Scenarios Portal- offers a common reference point for understanding how climate change, policy, and technology trends could evolve in different futures and risks. Read More
A 'tick explosion' could happen soon in DMV, here's how to keep you and your family safe- UMD Entomologist Michael Raupp weighs. Read More
Weather adds stress to America's crumbling infrastructure featuring Marccus Hendricks, UMD Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Justice Lab. Read More
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.