Sustainability at the University of Maryland

UMD Student/Alumni Green Businesses

These are just a few of the green businesses that University of Maryland students and alumni have created to address some of the world's biggest and smallest environmental challenges.

Clean City, LLC

Clean City plays an integral role in keeping business facilities LEED certified. They provide solutions for business facilities cleaning needs while keeping the environment safe through their use of Green products and practices. In operation since 2003, Clean City, LLC continues to service the Washington, DC, Metro Area specializing in a myriad of cleaning services to suit both residential and professional sanitation needs. Now, Clean City, LLC can also help businesses to get into the “Green” and become LEED certified. A Local Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LSDBE), Clean City, LLC has built a client list including the Washington DC Department of Public Works, Washington Convention Center and Maryland Stadium Authority with a professional work staff, dedicated management team, customized plans and competitive pricing.

FlexEl, LLC

FlexEl, LLC is a Silver Spring, MD based company developing a rechargeable, flexible thin film battery. FlexEl has developed proprietary 1) battery chemistry, for higher capacity and lower voltage recharging, 2) printable manufacturing process, and 3) integrated power management that preserve the advantages inherent in thin-film batteries while dramatically improving upon the current state of the art. Because of its unique attributes, the FlexEl battery is especially well-suited to power a wide range of ultra small electronics, including wireless sensor networks, backup power for mission critical applications, implantable medical devices, RFID devices, and smart cards. The FlexEl process is also highly amenable to the manufacture of hybrid capacitor/battery systems for use in devices that require a high burst power supply.

Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network started with students at the University of Maryland who wanted to address the issue of hunger in Washington, D.C. At first, the students recovered up to 200 pounds of food per day. Later a student group would bring the food to shelters in the metro D.C. area. The organization received a Sustainability Fund grant for more eco-friendly food transport in 2012. By the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the organization had donated 30,000 meals to shelters. In 2013, the organization was a finalist in VH1's 2013 Do Something Awards.


GreeNEWit is a comprehensive energy solutions firm that streamlines projects for residential, commercial and government clients. By utilizing the latest technology to diagnose inefficiencies in building infrastructures, they are able to provide their customers with prioritized economical solutions to drastically reduce energy consumption and cost; fostering a healthier lifestyle and safer environment. They work to obtain the best value for their clients with coordinated management and sustainable support.


Zymetis, Inc. is a biotechnology discovery company developing novel products for the emerging bio-refining and white chemistry industries. Derived from unique organisms, Zymetis products and processes are designed to achieve lower costs, improved yields and higher manufacturing efficiencies in the conversion of cellulosic biomass to usable sugars for fermentation or directly to desireable end products. Currently, Zymetis maintains programs in next-generation transportation fuels, biochemicals and other products derived from bio-conversion processes.