UMD is a living lab for sustainability where students, faculty and staff contribute to greening the campus.
In 2016, Maryland was ranked among the top universities for sustainability by both The Princeton Review and Sierra Magazine for its dedication to environmental sustainability. The university is committed to eliminating its carbon footprint; installing green roofs and rooftop gardens; using water-saving equipment; encouraging recycling and composting; and educating all students about sustainability.
The entire campus has been designated an Arboretum and Botanical Garden by the American Public Gardens Association, recognizing the significance of its broad diversity: 14,000 trees and plants grow on the university’s more than 1,300 acres.
Terp Farm, located 15 miles south of the university on its crop research facility, grows vegetables year-round. Kale, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and more are incorporated into select dishes in the dining halls and on the Green Tidings mobile food truck and are distributed to people in need in the College Park community.
Prince Frederick Hall (Pictured Above) opened in 2014, housing 462 students. The hall, which sits between Caroline Hall and the Mowatt Lane Garage, earned a LEED Gold certification as a “green” building for its many innovative features, including energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and elevators that generate electricity on each trip down.
Garden of Reflection and Remembrance In 2010, the university opened the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the south side of Memorial Chapel. It’s home to native plant and animal species, a landscaped labyrinth, pathways and water elements, designed to encourage quiet thought.
Community Learning Garden Here, students, faculty and staff nurture flowers, vegetables and fruits. Built by students, the garden serves a living classroom for agriculture courses.
Natural Aquatics The indoor and outdoor pools at the Eppley Recreation Center use moss to treat the water. By reducing chemical use, the system provides healthier water for swimmers, and costs less to operate than traditional water treatment techniques.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GREEN EFFORTS AT SUSTAINABILITY.UMD.EDU.