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30% of our energy is sourced from renewables

UMBC has reduced emissions by 18%

 Together, we collaborate, catalyze, and celebrate sustainability in all our practices. UMBC strives to protect, restore, and generate a healthy and just environment for all.


Collaboration between students, faculty and staff has led UMBC’s greening initiatives for many years, in many ways!

Each of us has the power to contribute to UMBC’s carbon neutrality goal.

To dive deeper, take the Green Pledge and plug in to UMBC’s many groups and initiatives.

  • Winter Break Checklist! Before you go...

    Winter break is on the horizon! With over 30 green offices, and hundreds of retrievers who have pledged to adopt greener habits, more and more people at UMBC are taking action to be more mindful...
    Posted: December 14, 2017 3:33 PM
  • Clare Maffei's Summer 2017 Research- New Life for Old Fields

    This past summer, Clare Maffei was involved in monitoring sites to evaluate the pollinator community during peak blooms and make recommendations for future restoration efforts. To find out more...
    Posted: November 28, 2017 11:10 AM
  • Jeff Halverson discusses the iconic 1950 Thanksgiving Storm

    Follow the link below to one of the most intense 20th-century storms you may have never heard of.
    Posted: November 27, 2017 2:49 PM
  • Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay

    UMBC Professor Andy Miller discusses Conowingo Dam and how it could hinder Chesapeake Bay cleanup in this article and podcast with NPR.
    Posted: November 22, 2017 11:26 AM
  • Out of Sync in a Warming World

    UMBC Ecologist Colin Studds discusses how climate change is altering seasonal events in the natural world in this podcast with WYPR.
    Posted: November 22, 2017 11:20 AM
  • America Recycles Day: Single Stream Recycling Announcement!

    Happy America Recycles Day everyone (yes, November 15th is known as America Recycles Day)!  You have have noticed bins around campus that say "paper only". New changes are coming this January...
    Posted: November 15, 2017 4:04 PM
  • UMBC adds sustainability requirements to dining contract

    UMBC is about to renew or start a new contract for dining services. ...
    Posted: November 15, 2017 1:49 PM
  • Sustainability Suggestions for UMBC Facilities Master Plan?

    If you haven't heard of the Facilities Master Plan, it develops a vision and proposal for state investments in UMBC's infrastructure over the next 5-10 years. The proposed vision for the plan is...
    Posted: November 15, 2017 1:29 PM
  • Classifying Hurricanes

    Samantha Durbin, class of 2017, environmental science, discusses issues with how hurricanes are categorized in this Capital Weather Gang article for The Washington Post.
    Posted: November 7, 2017 8:51 AM
  • Tour UMBC Herbert Run Greenway: forest/pond/stream/gardens!

    Tour UMBC's Herbert Run Greenway!  Friday Oct 20th: 2 PM - 3:30 PM Saturday Oct 21st: 2 PM - 3:30 PM This walk will highlight the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Garden, the Knoll, the Events...
    Posted: October 19, 2017 3:57 PM