Campus solar energy production increased with the installation of over 7,000 solar panels on the rooftop of three campus parking garages;
Dining Services' new Anytime Dining program removed 6.3 million disposable items from the waste stream and improved the healthfulness and sustainability of food served on campus;
Compost collection expanded to more than 25 collection sites;
The Green Terp and Green Chapter programs launched through the Office of Sustainability, Department of Resident Life and Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
“Sustainability has become a way of life for our campus, as students, faculty and staff commit to the future of our planet,” said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh. “Faculty and staff are at the forefront of climate research. We made a promise and commitment to carbon neutrality. We’re keeping it.”
In October, the university announced Climate Action Plan 2.0, an update to the original UMD Climate Action Plan first published in 2009. The plan refines several key strategies with a focus on minimizing carbon emissions associated with university air travel, offering incentives to encourage carpooling and use of public transit, and continuing progress on the President’s Energy Initiatives, announced in April 2014.
The next significant Climate Action Plan milestone will be to reduce carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020.
In addition to highlighting campus actions and achievements, the Sustainability Progress Report provides the University Sustainability Council and the campus community with data that allows for future planning around sustainability issues.