What UMBC is Doing

44.02% Reduction in GHG Emissions from 2007 – 2020

397 Tons of Organic Waste Composted since 2016

26.18 Million kWh of Renewable Energy used in 2020

Over 20 sustainability web tools to explore campus features, review green data, and measure your own impact

UMBC has a history of working to implement sustainable practices on campus while also researching sustainable opportunities in the classroom. These actions create and demonstrate positive social, economic, and environmental impacts both locally and globally. 

Ratings & Recognition


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2021 MDE Sustainability Leadership Award Winner

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Featured News

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UMBC to Pursue Plastics Reduction Partner Program

National Wildlife Federation & Campus Race to Zero Waste

The National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste Program is excited to announce a new certification program for colleges and universities taking action to reduce the purchase and...

Posted: January 6, 2022, 12:23 PM

Got Plastic?

30+ new locations on campus for plastics recycling!

UMBC now offers collection and recycling of all clean plastic bags, films, and wraps! These items can be placed into one of the 35 yellow bins located throughout campus. The bins will be placed on...

Posted: August 31, 2021, 10:45 AM

Celebrate America Recycles Day!

Help UMBC go #BeyondtheBag

You’re invited to join us in celebrating America Recycles Day! America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promote recycling. Help UMBC go #beyondthebag starting...

Posted: November 14, 2019, 1:35 PM