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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.

NEWS 

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Sustainability Abroad #4: Consorcio Porlamar

March 23, 2020

This sustainable cooperative protects local fishing zones and promotes wellbeing for both the sea and surrounding community.
Rob Greenfield stands on stage in auditorium with screen behind him of a picture of him covered in garbage

Sustainability Abroad #3: Universidad VERITAS

March 11, 2020

Universidad VERITAS prides itself on sustainability and celebrated with multiple activities during Sustainability Day on March 3

Garbage Disposal

March 1, 2020

Increasing the awareness of proper trash sorting was the goal of a class project.
farm with students working

Sustainability Abroad #2: Finca la Flor

February 24, 2020

From barren pasture to a reforested, sustainable community, Finca la Flor has empowered the community and environment around it for decades...

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