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Application Period Open for Sustainability Fund Grants

By Maryland Today Staff

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15 for projects funded through the University Sustainability Fund. Approximately $400,000 is available to support proposals that bolster the University of Maryland’s environmental performance and enhance the student experience.

Since 2011, more than $2 million have been granted through the fund to 145 sustainability projects, including the biowall at McKeldin Library, Terp Farm, the sphagnum moss water treatment system at Eppley Recreation Center, Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) projects, lighting upgrades, rain gardens and much more. Learn more about past grant recipients.

The fund allocates money to projects that increase renewable energy use and energy efficiency of campus facilities, reduce waste creation and consumption of material resources on campus, encourage sustainable behaviors, and integrate sustainability into teaching, research and service at the university. The Office of Sustainability also encourages projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or have other measurable environmental benefits, and involve and or benefit undergraduate students. Grants are supported by student fees and administered through the University Sustainability Council.

To discuss potential project or find out more about the process, contact Sally DeLeon in the Office of Sustainability at 301.405.4549 or email

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