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Initial Indicators of Resilience

Social Equity & Governance


Current status and metric of measurement

Food Supply

Qualitative.  Majority of dining services food is sourced from <250 miles away, there are programs available (i.e., Retriever Essentials) to help address food insecurity

Public Information Warning & Protection

Quantitative.  100 percent of the campus population has access to at least one type of public information warning system

Student Success

Quantitative.  67 percent of the 2012 cohort who were recipients of a Federal Pell Grant graduated within 6 years

Academic Success

Quantitative.  In 2019 Times Higher Education ranked UMBC #3 in the nation for achieving social and economic impact – the University Impact Ranking measures how well universities deliver on UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Gender Equity

Quantitative: 2019 Times Higher Education ranked UMBC #5 nationally (#56 internationally) for the University’s work to support women in STEM at all levels — undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate, and faculty.

Health & Wellness


Current status and metric of measurement

Access to Healthcare

Qualitative.  All students have access to the University Health Services.  There are several hospitals located near the university.  Employees have access to health insurance coverage.

Access to Mental Health

Qualitative.  All students have access to University Counseling Services.  Employee health insurance options cover mental health services.

Wellness Program

Qualitative.  The UMBC Wellness Initiative (WIN) is committed to the health and well-being of our campus community and understands the importance of making healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Ecosystems Services

Indicator Current status and metric of measurement

Invasive Species Management

Qualitative: The university monitors and manages invasive species in accordance with the Integrated Pest Management Plan.  The student run Environmental Task Force holds weekly invasive specifies clean up days where invasive species are mechanically eradicated.

Climate Appropriate Plantings

Qualitative: The university ensures that a diverse and regionally appropriate landscape exists by only selecting regionally appropriate species for planting.

Erosion Controls

Qualitative.  Soil erosion is mitigated on campus with strategic plantings and mechanical mitigation when necessary.

Wildlife Management

Qualitative.  The campus maintains areas that are in conservation status that can support wildlife.

Habitat Preservation/Restoration

Qualitative.  Natural resources are protected through appropriate planning and management.  All identified environmentally sensitive areas are managed in accordance with all Federal, State, and Local laws.

Ambient Air Quality

Quantitate.  In 2018 Baltimore experienced 16 days where the eight-hour ozone concentrations exceed the 2008 health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard

Canopy Fire Risk

Qualitative.  The university actively removes dead/diseased trees and maintains mutual aid agreements and/or memorandums of understanding with other local, state, of federal agencies that can provide assistance in the event that the university’s capabilities are exceeded.

Tree Maintenance Plan

Quantitative.  UMBC maintains a GIS inventory of over 3,000 campus trees.



Current status and metric of measurement

Backup Power Systems

Qualitative.  Critical buildings and systems currently have backup power generation.

Contingency Plans

Qualitative.  The campus maintains a Continuity of Operations Plan which supports the campus with a unified and coordinated operational structure and process that appropriately integrates all critical stakeholders and supports the execution of core capabilities.

Stormwater Infrastructure

Qualitative.  UMBC ensures that stormwater infrastructure is adequately design and properly maintained to manage stormwater in full compliance and as sustainable as possible.

Potable Water Supply

Qualitative.  Provide safe, clean drinking water to all students, staff, and faculty.

Water/Wastewater Systems

Qualitative.  Ensure sufficient capacity and maintenance of campus systems.  Provide alternative means of wastewater management if needed.

Dam Safety

Qualitative.  To stabilize dam infrastructure functions and minimize health and safety threats and provide all decision-makers with decision-relevant information regarding the nature and extent of the hazard.

HVAC Systems

Qualitative.  Ensure adequate redundancy of systems and monitor the efficacy of air filtration systems throughout campus at current and projected air quality readings.

Critical Transportation

Quantitative.  100% of roads/paths on campus are maintained in good working order.  In the event of extreme weather, roads are serviced to keep them passable.



Current status and metric of measurement

Energy Efficiency

Quantitative.  $/square foot saved when energy efficient technologies/systems are installed.


Qualitative.  Adequate funds are reserved for emergency preparedness and response.


Qualitative.  Maintain adequate levels and appropriate types of insurance for the campus.


Qualitative.  To promote, galvanize, and support the advancement of public education at UMBC through leadership and engagement.  The University System Maryland Foundation makes no direct investment in the Carbon Underground 200 companies, is a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and joined the Intentional Endowments Network.