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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

The UMD Office of Sustainability is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.

Sustainability is often defined as “development that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Put simply, sustainability is about being responsible with our resources. It is about not using more than our share. It is making sure there is enough, for all, forever.

At UMD, we aim to lower our greenhouse gas emissions through improving operations and empowering individuals to lower their share of the campus carbon footprint.


Front view of a Costa Rican house with tag that reads: Sustainability Abroad #1: La Casa Tica

Sustainability Abroad #1: La Casa Tica

February 12, 2020

Sustainability plays an integral part in the running of a typical Costa Rican home.

UMD Earns a Gold STAR

January 20, 2020

UMD earned a Gold ranking in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS program, along with only 128...
plane wing surrounding by clouds. Green banner in upper left corner that says "What is... #6: Carbon Offsetting?"

What is Carbon Offsetting?

December 12, 2019

As Peter Pan [probably] said, “You can fly, you can fly, you can fly [sustainably]!”
Picture of UMD building and greenhouse covered in snow

How to Have a Sustainable Holiday Season

December 9, 2019

Even the Grinch wants you to have a green winter break.