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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

The UMD Office of Sustainability is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.

Sustainability is often defined as “development that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Put simply, sustainability is about being responsible with our resources. It is about not using more than our share. It is making sure there is enough, for all, forever.

At UMD, we aim to lower our greenhouse gas emissions through improving operations and empowering individuals to lower their share of the campus carbon footprint.


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Divesting and Company Acountability

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The divestment movement aims to make progressive and ground-breaking economic, social, and political changes by pulling funding from...
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an eco-hero saving the day!
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Indigenous Land Beliefs

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How to Have a Sustainable Thanksgiving

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Decolonize your celebration this year by honoring and supporting the lives, voices, and efforts of Indigenous peoples.