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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 @ umd.edu 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!

Be A Good Neighbor - November 7, 2020

The Office of Community Engagement is hosting its first hybrid Good Neighbor Day, which will be in-person and virtual! This event will include 10 small, physically-distant in-person service projects, multiple ways to get involved in the food drive, and 13 virtual workshops. You can register for Good Neighbor Day on their website and sign up to participate in the food drive! Food insecurity has increased exponentially due to covid-19. Assist our neighbors in need by participating in the #GoodNeighborDay2020 Food Drive.

Green Terp Dialogue Series - Wed, Nov 11th, 11am-12pm

Join us for an interactive conversation to discuss sustainability issues, share your thoughts, and develop a plan of action to improve your environmental impact! Meet other students who are concerned about the environment and are looking to connect and take action.

 Our November event will be a discussion about energy:

  • Why energy is an important issue for the well being of people and the ecosystems we share with other species
  • How to reduce your energy emissions through daily habits, energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy, and more
  • How to find and use sustainable energy options on campus (& at home)
  • How to help raise awareness and advocate effectively to encourage others to join your sustainability effort
To register and find out more, please visit us at this link.

Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15 by taking the ARD pledge! Glass, aluminum foil, paper, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and magazines are just a few of the items you should recycle every day. Before you throw something in the recycling bin, make sure that it’s free of any food or waste. Don’t forget the three R’s this November: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! View this handy guide to see how to reduce, reuse, and recycle on the UMD campus!

Do you know what can be recycled or composted on the UMD campus? Do you know what you should put into the landfill container? This quick video will help you learn the differences!

Dear Dr. T,

When I go home for a holiday meal there are always so many leftovers! I try to eat the leftovers, but honestly it's just too much. I always end up throwing away food after holiday meals and I know this is a problem. How do I estimate food per person to avoid food waste? 

 

Sincerely,

Eyes Bigger Than Stomach


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Dear EBTS,

Holidays are known for excess...but they don't have to be! Who doesn’t love eating lots of food with family and friends around the holiday season? There are a few ways you can still enjoy your celebrations and limit food waste.

  • Start by planning the menu! Think about who is coming and use a tool like this one that helps you calculate how much food you need.
     
  • Make sure you know how many people to expect so you don’t overcook or over buy!
     
  • Leftovers happen! Encourage guests to bring reusable dishware to give away any leftovers!
     
  • Get creative and find new recipes to repurpose leftovers. Here are some tips to get you started! (My favorite is cranberry sauce in a leftover turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving).
Happy holidays!

- Dr. T.
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.
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