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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.

  • SEA's Sustainable Yard Sale featured in The Retriever

    Shannon Carney for The Retriever STUDENT LIFE Sustainability for sale BY SHANNON CARNEY   •   SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 The student-created project group, Retriever Treasures, braved the...
    Posted: March 17, 2017 1:59 PM
  • Env. Task Force's campus clean ups featured in The Retriever

    Pig Pen Pond is a site of UMBC research. Photo by James Gallagher. STUDENT LIFE Environmental task force strives to beautify campus BY CARRIE COOK   •   MARCH 16, 2017 CARRIE COOK...
    Posted: March 17, 2017 1:58 PM
  • Energy Saving Tips: hibernate computers & take stairs

    There are many ways in which students and faculty can play their part in energy conservation at UMBC. The campus has reduced carbon emissions by 15.5%  since 2007 (when President Hrabowski signed...
    Posted: March 13, 2017 3:11 PM
  • Energy Saving Tip: Mindful use of Handicap Door Buttons

    Why you shouldn't necessarily push the handicap button... Waste of Energy: Heating & cooling of the building escapes Reduces the lifespan of the equipment A campus estimates the cost...
    Posted: March 13, 2017 2:32 PM
  • UMBC plans alternatives to reduce need for campus parking

    Below is an excerpt from a recent Baltimore Sun article about UMBC. The...
    Posted: March 9, 2017 4:56 PM
  • What You Can Recycle @UMBC

    Items You Can Recycle Paper Newspaper Envelopes Junk mail Phone books Brochures Magazines Cardboard Ream wrappers File folders Poster board Frozen food boxes Cardboard boxes...
    Posted: March 8, 2017 5:44 PM
  • Questions about Compost & Recycling @UMBC? Ask Me Anything!

    Did you know...  UMBC has a color coded composting, recycling and trash collection system: There are 3 types of bags, blue bags in recycling bins, special green compostable bags in compost bins,...
    Posted: March 8, 2017 4:21 PM
  • Costa Rica field course applications DUE Friday, March 10th

    More details on the class (including how to apply) are available via this link: Applications are due by...
    Posted: March 7, 2017 9:40 PM
  • Costa Rica summer field course info session TODAY!

    Join us for our second information session on the upcoming summer field course to Costa Rica, co-led by faculty from GES & CBEE.  Information session to be held TODAY (2/27) in Rm 210...
    Posted: February 27, 2017 9:29 AM
  • Waste & Dinner Discussion: Think Globally, Act Locally

    Think Globally, Act Locally Waste and Environmental Justice Awareness Dinner:  Wednesday, March 15th , 7pm-9pm Register:  What is RecycleMania:...
    Posted: February 22, 2017 4:36 PM