The President's Message

President's Message, Bruce Jarrell

Each month, The President’s Message updates the UMB community on University initiatives; spotlights faculty, staff, and student achievements; and promotes upcoming UMB events.

Well-Being and Sustainability: Energizing Our University

October 2022

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is an impressive institution. We receive all kinds of accolades, are a hub of innovation and discovery, and support our city. The reason behind it all — the PEOPLE. When I talk about UMB and how great it is, I’m speaking about the people who work, teach, and learn here. I am talking about YOU, and I want every person at UMB to have a sense of belonging and be supported to succeed. I also know that your connection to UMB is only one part of your life and that UMB is part of a greater ecosystem. For those reasons, I’m so glad that our core values include Well-being and Sustainability.

Having Well-Being and Sustainability as a core value means that we care about the welfare of our people, planet, communities, and University.

Since I established the Office of Sustainability in 2021, there is a new level of energy to our sustainability work. UMB is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2045, and we are finding ways to reduce our energy consumption on campus. The effort to update to LED bulbs around campus has already saved nearly 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy (the equivalent to powering 134 homes for one year), and we’re only 25 percent into the project.

For the first time, starting this calendar year, we will purchase all of UMB’s electricity needs from renewable sources. This is accomplished through three current renewable power purchase agreements, executing additional power purchase agreements in collaboration with other University System of Maryland institutions, and purchasing renewable energy credits for the portion of our electricity that’s not covered under power purchase agreements. As I shared in my recent President’s Q&A, the recycling center also is home to our new electrical substation.

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more and get involved. You can check out the UMB Campus Green Map to see bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations, LEED-certified projects, and more.

As I mentioned above, UMB derives its success and achievements from the amazing people who are part of this community. That’s why I want to reiterate the importance of focusing on your well-being. UMB offers many free resources to do just that.

Recently, UMB received the “Healthiest Maryland Business Exemplar” recognition, the highest awarded by the Maryland Department of Health. That means we are part of the “statewide movement that works to build and promote a culture of wellness in the workplace — fostering an environment that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice.” At UMB we have many work-life and well-being benefits such as Launch Your Life and UMB Guidance Resources, where you can chat with a guidance consultant about any range of issues — from child care, legal guidance, or financial advice to home improvement resources, recipes, and even pet care questions. You also can take advantage of URecFit and Wellness or perhaps participate in this year’s Ultimate Mileage Battle and challenge classmates and colleagues to see who can get in the most steps. Please take advantage of these benefits — UMB is only as strong as our people, and I want you all to be healthy, happy, and successful.

Look around and you’ll see Well-Being and Sustainability at work at UMB — and where you can take part in creating a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable UMB.

Sincerely,

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

President