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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.


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Black Environmentalists to Know

February 23, 2021

Learn about some of the many Black environmentalists who contribute to sustainability.
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Whiteness in Sustainability

February 2, 2021

White people and privilege are the faces of a movement that is rooted in Indigenous values and championed by people of color. This must...
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The Zero Waste Gift Guide

December 21, 2020

Dr. Bertossi's Environment and Sustainability students have compiled a list of zero-waste gift ideas.
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Winter Break Resource List

December 18, 2020

Continue learning about the intersections between sustainability and social justice this winter break.