Our History

UMB’s History with Sustainability

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) leaders understand the importance of reducing our impact on the environment in a holistic way. Sustainability at UMB has come a long way — from the creation of the first Sustainability Committee on campus in 2008 established by former President David Ramsay, to the creation of UMB’s Office of Sustainability established by President Bruce Jarrell in 2021.

The Office of Sustainability works with campus and community partners and brings stakeholders together to collaborate on initiatives such as energy reduction, waste minimization, resilience planning, community building, and education and outreach.

UMB Sustainability Milestones

2019 - Present 




  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust through the Urban Trees program to plant 65 new trees on campus to increase the urban tree canopy in Downtown Baltimore.
  • Green Labs program is created on campus for research labs to implement more sustainable practices. 
  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Sustainability Strategic Plan is launched, which outlines the overarching goals and strategies for University sustainability from 2022-2026.  
  • In addition to the three power purchase agreements in which UMB participates, UMB also purchased Green-e Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to cover the remaining portion of UMB's electricity usage, bringing us to 100% renewable electricity for Calendar Year 2022. We have continued to purchase Green-e RECs to achieve 100% renewable electricity each year moving forward.


  • UMB Office of Sustainability created; President Jarrell re-signs Second Nature's Climate Commitment.


  • Energy Reduction Team formed, saving over $3 million in utility costs since the start of COVID-19 pandemic.

2013 - 2018 


  • President Perman commits to Paris Agreement Climate Goals by signing “We Are Still In” commitment. 


  • President Perman signs on to Second Nature's Climate Commitment, which includes a climate commitment and resilience commitment.

2008 - 2012 



  • Climate Action Plan revised.


  • First Climate Action Plan created.


  • President Ramsay signs Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, pledging carbon neutrality by 2050.