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


second nature marks of distinction

2021 MDE Sustainability Leadership Award Winner

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Featured News

Highlighting GES Grads at Today's Commencement Ceremony!

This morning was UMBC's graduate commencement ceremony! We had several students from our GES department in attendance, and we'd love to highlight them! The first photo features, from left to...

Posted: December 20, 2023, 1:49 PM

Compost Expansion Updates

Do you know what to compost on campus?

This semester our office has been all about compost, from our Eco-Ambassador projects to the focus of our behind-the-scenes operations. That work has paid off! We've succeeded in doubling the...

Posted: December 19, 2023, 8:20 AM

UMBC's Dr. Ellis Featured in Today's New York Times!

Give it a read and let us know what you think!

We are excited to share with you Professor Erle Ellis' Op-Ed in today's New York Times! It's fantastic to see a member of our department reach such a large audience. In his article "1.5 Degrees Is...

Posted: December 4, 2023, 1:03 PM