UMD is a living lab for sustainability where students, faculty and staff contribute to greening the campus.

In 2017, 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 solar panels; 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: 15,000 trees and plants grow on the university’s more than 1,300 acres.

Terp Farm, located 15 miles south of the university at one of its agricultural research facilities, 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) The residence hall, located between Caroline Hall and the Mowatt Lane Garage, opened in 2014 and houses 462 students. It earned a “green” building designation for its many innovative features, including energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and elevators that generate electricity on each trip down.

The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance


Garden of Reflection and Remembrance In 2010, the university opened the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the south side of Memorial Chapel. An experiential learning opportunity for horticultural and landscape management students, the garden features native plant species, a labyrinth, pathways and water elements.

Maryland natural aquatics pools


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.

Community Learning Garden


Community Learning Garden Here, students, faculty and staff nurture flowers, vegetables and fruits. Built in part by students, the garden serves as a living classroom for agriculture courses.