Office of Sustainability

There are unprecedented challenges facing our community and world that can be addressed by actively engaging in sustainable practices on personal, community, and global levels. Institutions of higher education are critical in preparing future generations to address the many issues we face as a global community. Through implementation of the Sustainability Strategic Plan, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) strives to make the changes that are necessary for a sustainable and equitable future.

As part of its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, UMB has unveiled an updated set of core values, including Well-Being and Sustainability. This core value demonstrates the care that we at UMB take to protect the welfare of our people, planet, communities, and University.

Many aspects of sustainability such as climate change, energy savings, and waste reduction have taken the forefront in our society. However, sustainability encompasses a much broader area and is multidimensional. At UMB, our definition of sustainability is comprehensive and encompasses three central pillars: equity, economy, and environment. UMB has a longstanding commitment to sustainability through implementing initiatives that fulfill all three of these pillars, and we look forward to continuing the work of building an inclusive culture of sustainability at UMB and in the city of Baltimore.

A Message from President Jarrell

‌The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recognizes its responsibility for careful and considered stewardship of the built environment and is committed to preserving the world's natural resources.

It is further recognized that UMB is in a unique position of leadership and influence in the community to serve as a model to promote progressive ideals in the areas of energy conservation, the elimination of global warming emissions, and the use of green design.


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS