Sustainability at the University of Maryland

What Can You Do?

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In Your Residence Hall (On-Campus Students)

At Home

Waste Management

Dining (On and Off Campus)

In Your Classes


At Work

  • Think About Your Influence. You have many opportunities at your workplace to reduce consumption of materials. For example, if you work in a retail store and a customer is buying a pair of socks, ask them if they need a bag instead of automatically giving them one. If you work in an office and want to send a memo or newsletter, do it electronically instead of using paper. Think of all the wasteful practices in your workplace and act to correct them.
  • Think Sustainability. When selecting equipment and products, select those that minimize water and energy use and generate the minimum amount of waste products, including wastewater. When contracting services, select vendors who have incorporated sustainability into the services they provide, including the products they use and the means by which they manage waste products resulting from the services they perform.
  • Reduce Chemical Usage and Hazardous Waste. Purchase chemical products that are "environmentally-friendly", that is, non-hazardous, whenever possible. Only buy the quantity needed. Unused chemicals make up the majority of the hazardous waste requiring disposal. If you are not responsible for making these purchases, talk to the person that is.
  • Be a Role Model. People constantly learn from their surroundings. If you model sustainable behavior, others will follow your lead. "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Post this Energywi$e flyer in your office kitche area to Conserve in the Kitchen




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