In the December Issue:


  • Green Office Internship

  • Sustainability Fund Deadline

  • Power Down for Winter Break

  • Sustainable Gifting Guide


  • Holiday Market


  • Progress Hub: Energy Data Dashboard

  • Meet Sustainability Staff: Taylor Brinks, Outreach Associate


Green Office Intern

Paid, 10 hr/week

The Office of Sustainability seeks an intern to support the implementation of the University of Maryland Green Office Program for the Spring 2022 semester. The Green Office Intern will support offices in achieving certification with the Green Office Program and in their implementation of sustainability practices.

  • Support, advise, & consult staff across campus in greening their offices

  • Assist in Green Office Representative (GO Rep) training & events

  • Contribute to the monthly Green Office newsletter

  • Update the Green Office Program website

  • Assist with the development of new tools and strategies

Apply by December 21st

Final Deadline: Sustainability Fund Grants

Submit grant applications 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!

Apply by January 15, 2021

Power Down for Winter Break

Before you leave campus for winter break, you can conserve energy and reduce emissions with these simple, quick steps! Please remind your colleagues, classmates, and roommates to power down for winter break as well.

Save Energy

Sustainable Gifting Guide

Looking to reduce consumption, waste, and clutter this year? Check out some suggestions for sustainable gifts for the holidays such as experiences, shopping secondhand, and more!

Gift Guide


Holiday Market: Buy Local!

Wed, Dec 8th, 11am-3pm, Tawe’s Plaza

Support local farms and businesses and shop for holiday gifts at UMD’s Holiday Market! Visit the SustainableUMD Outreach table where you can make DIY natural holiday décor. Local vendors include coffee, baked goods, honey, wine, and more. At noon there will be a cooking demo with samples featuring rice crispies and warm cider! The campus weekly Farmer’s Market will be back on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Explore the UMD Farmers Market


Progress Hub: Energy

From 2020 onwards, all of UMD’s purchased electricity has been sourced from renewable energy. Overall, more than 68% of UMD's electricity comes from wind, solar, and other green energy sources.

You can also purchase renewable energy and improve energy efficiency at home, and the Maryland Department of the Environment provides guidance on this! Whether as a winter break project or New Year’s resolution, consider exploring your own sustainable energy sources.

UMD’s Progress towards Sustainable Energy
Photo by Emily Hightower, featuring Taylor Brinks

Meet Sustainability Staff: Taylor Brinks

Taylor joined the Office of Sustainability in September 2021 was an Office of Sustainability’s Associate! She works closely with Tanvi to support the Green Terp Program (including weekly outreach events, @greenterp on social media & the Green Terp Newsletter), and the SustainableUMD Outreach Ambassador Team. She mentors two of the four outreach interns and coordinates approximately three outreach events each week.

Taylor is a returning Terp who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Science and Technology. As an undergrad, Taylor worked with the Office of Sustainability as a LEAF Outreach Team member where she fell in love with sharing her passion for sustainability. She carried this passion into her two-year position with FoodCorps-AmeriCorps where she educated students about food, gardening, and environmental stewardship. Taylor is excited to be back at UMD to continue sharing her excitement about sustainability and motivating others to join the effort to protect our planet.

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.