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Applications Welcomed for $300K in Sustainability Fund Grants

By Maryland Today Staff

The University Sustainability Fund will award $300,000 this year to projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at the University of Maryland. Applications are being accepted for 2020-21 projects through Oct. 15.

More than $2 million has been granted through the fund to 137 sustainability projects since 2011, including the Biowall at McKeldin Library, Terp Farm, the Sphagnum Moss Water Treatment System at Eppley Recreation Center, the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), lighting upgrades, rain gardens, research projects. Learn more about last year's grant recipients.

The University Sustainability Fund allocates money to projects that increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency of campus facilities, reduce the amount of waste created and material resources used on campus, encourage sustainable behaviors and integrate sustainability into teaching, research and service at the university. Projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or have other measurable environmental benefits are encouraged.

Grants are supported by student fees and administered through the University Sustainability Council.

To discuss potential projects or ask questions, contact Sally DeLeon in the Office of Sustainability at 301.405.4549 or sdeleon@umd.edu.

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