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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.


Backdrop of camps set up on waste site. Cartoon girl in a wheelchair holds up a protest sign that says "We Need Change."

What is Environmental Justice?

September 25, 2020

Everyone deserves to have a clean, healthy, and green environment.
black cartoon character holds up protest sign that reads "There is no Planet B" in front of a leafy tree

Sustainability: So Much More than Recycling

September 9, 2020

"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is just the beginning. 
Mealat Worku posing next to her compost bin structure at the UMD Land Lab

Compost Engineering

August 17, 2020

A new research project at the UMD Land Lab is not your average compost pile. 
Tri-fold image display. Left image is of produce aisle in grocery store; middle photo is of a sea turtle and final image on the right is people crossing the street

UMD Tackes the Earth Day Ecochallenge

May 6, 2020

A UMN system-wide team joined a worldwide commitment to sustainability through the month of April