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UMD Sustainability Banner: Commitment - The choices we make as a university community - students, staff, faculty, and administration - add up to something that affects us all.

With efforts from students, faculty, and staff from across the UMD campus, together we can lower campus emissions to 50% of 2007 levels by 2020 and operate a carbon neutral campus by 2050, as outlined in UMD's Energy Action Plan.

Reducing UMD's Carbon Footprint

Students, Faculty, and staff who work, learn, and live on campus all have a responsibility to help lower our carbon footprint. By following these tips for conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and encouraging sustainability, we can all make an impact. Reducing our carbon footprint is beneficial to the environment, the UMD community, and UMD's bottom line.

These tips go way beyond UMD, and can lay a framework for anyone to live more sustainably. Of course it's not a complete list of what can be done, expanding the list of what can be done requires input from a variety of people. A small, innovative idea can spur big changes. We would appreciate any ideas you have to add to this list.

Students living on campus can also read our Sustainable Living at UMD guide. The guide will help you to explore the UMD campus from a sustainability standpoint, as well as what you can do to live more sustainably.

Conserving Energy and Water

Live on campus?

Working in a lab?

Click here for more information on energy use at UMD

Reducing Waste

Click here for more information on waste and recycling at UMD

Travelling Wisely

Click here for more information on sustainable transportation at UMD

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Green Your Office

Small changes can yield big results, especially at a workplace as big as UMD. Being a leader in making sustainable changes in your office can be a challenge.

The Sustainability Office at UMD offers a "Green Your Office" program, which gives practical tips about topics related to sustainability including: recycling, energy conservation, reducing paper use, making better consumer choices, and hosting green events. Want to start the discussion in your office? E-mail the Sustainability Office at to schedule a presentation.

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