UMD receives Sierra Magazine Special Achievement Award

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is located in the city of College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It is often referred to as UM, UMD or UMCP. Maryland University is the largest in the state and largest in the Washington Metropolitan area. With a fall 2010 enrollment it saw more than 37,000 students, over 100 undergraduate majors, and 120 graduate programs. The University is ranked 20th nationally among public universities and is also ranked 62nd in the 2015 U.S. news and World Report rankings of “National Universities” across the United States. In October, 2014 publication from Business Insider ranked the University of Maryland 39 in “Smartest Public Colleges in America”. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes athletically as a member of the Big Ten Conference.


Famous personalities who passed from this University are, President and CEO of CNN; Kevin Plank, The Muppets creator Jim Henson; The Wire creator David Simon, and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. Prominent alumni in business include Ed Snider, Chairman of Comcast Spectacor and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers; Jim Walton (journalist).
The University of Maryland has been awarded a Special Achievement Award by Sierra Magazine as a part of its annual Cool School rankings for excellence in campus waste reduction efforts. The institutional diversion rate reflects all materials the university diverted from landfills. It also includes construction and demolition waste. The 89 percent institutional diversion rate was an all-time high for the university, increasing by more than 10 percent from 2003.
In 2014, UMD gained recognition for the strength of solid waste and recycling programs. It achieved 89 percent institutional waste diversion rate and a 56 percent individual recycling rate.
“The university’s continuous rise in diversion and recycling rates represent an enormous commitment by the entire campus community,” said Sandra Dykes, Associate Director of Building & Landscape Maintenance at UMD. “It also reflects well on our educational and outreach programs, since the members of the campus community change yearly, but our message and expectations must remain consistent. Everyone on campus should take great pride in this award.”


UMD coolest schoolsranked #2 out of 153 schools, with a score of 103.66 out of a total possible 105points for the Waste Reduction category. The achievements do not end here, UMD finished first out of Big Ten Schools who made the list, with Penn State University coming second in the Big Ten, and finishing at No. 35 overall.
“We are honored to be recognized as the top Big Ten school in sustainability and for our achievement in waste reduction,” said Scott Lupin, Director of the Office of Sustainability at UMD. “The university has maintained a sharp focus on expanding its solid waste recycling and landfill diversion efforts over the past many years. From event-wide recycling at home athletic events to compost collection in the dining halls, everyone on campus has taken part to realize this award.”
It is a reason of pride for UMD to be among 6 of 22 Teams Awarded University Research Initiative Grants by the Department of Defence.
“The University of Maryland deserves much praise for going above and beyond in its efforts to divert trash from landfills,” said Avital Andrews, Lifestyle Editor at Sierra Magazine. “If more institutions heldthemselves to such high standards, we would be living on a much cleaner planet.”
It’s an honor for UMD for developing a culture of sustainability in the campus-wide engagement of staff, students and faculty.

A Sustainability Progress Report is due in October which will display campus achievements from the past year.


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