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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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'Gather' Explores the Power of Community

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UMD: 125 Years of Sustainability

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Scarecrow Competition

October 12, 2020

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Coolest Schools of 2020!

September 28, 2020

We're honored to make the list for the 6th year in a row!