Sustainable Living While Visiting Campus

Students at the University of Maryland know that every person can make a positive impact on the Earth’s environment – through daily habits that reduce energy consumption and waste, reuse products before discarding them, and recycling all plastics, paper, cardboard, metal and glass.

Our entire campus has taken great strides in the last few years to be sustainable. This effort has ranged from facility improvements and purchasing procedures to better use of technology. Creating a sustainable campus environment requires the help and support of all campus citizens, from students, staff, faculty and the many visitors who come to our campus each year.

During your stay with us (and hopefully, even after you leave), we hope you will join our efforts to:

Reduce…Reuse…Recycle.

This may be easier than you think! To help you while you are staying in our Residence Halls, we have developed a checklist of daily sustainability habits. Every small effort helps!

  • In Your Traditional Residence Hall

    • Take shorter showers, ideally five minutes or less. Try getting wet, then turning water off or down while you soap and scrub, before turning water back on (or up) to rinse.
    • Turn faucets off while you brush your teeth, shave, etc.
    • Call (301)4-WORK (301-314-9675) to report water waste from dripping faucets, showerheads, etc.or report this to your service desk.
    • Remember to turn off the lights in your room when you leave.
  • In Your Apartment or Suite

    • During your summer stay, keep your thermostats at 78 degrees or higher. Keep blinds closed to keep sunlight out and retain cooler inside temperatures.
    • Turn off the fan in the air-conditioning unit (or at least set it to Low) when no one will be in the room.
    • Keep windows closed when air conditioning is on.
    • Report windows or doors that will not close properly to (301)4-WORK (301-314-9675) or report this to your service desk.
    • Take shorter showers, ideally five minutes or less. Try getting wet, then turning water off or down while you soap and scrub, before turning water back on (or up) to rinse.
    • Turn faucets off while you brush your teeth, shave, etc.
    • Call (301)4-WORK (301-314-9675) to report water waste from dripping faucets, showerheads, etc.
    • Use the recycling bin provided in your suite/apartment for all your recyclables: metal, plastic, glass, paper and cardboard and then take this to the recycling containers provided for your building and community. Single stream green recycling containers for paper, cardboard, metal, glass and plastic are located outdoors, next to trash dumpsters. Single stream recycling containers for paper, glass, metal and plastic are also located inside the Leonardtown Community Center, Annapolis Hall and the Harford Hall service area.
  • While out and about on campus:

    • Recycle – all together– METAL, GLASS, PAPER and PLASTIC You’ll find recycling bins throughout the campus both indoor and outside.
    • Carry a reusable water bottle or mug, and refill it at water fountains in the dining rooms, shops across campus, and “hydration stations” in the Stamp Union. Doing this will save you money, reduce the amount of plastic entering the waste stream, and reduce energy costs of producing plastic bottles.
    • Walk, bike, use shuttle instead of driving a personal vehicle, when possible.
    • Recyclable plastics (with through on the bottom) can be placed in campus recycling containers include beverage bottles; microwavable food trays; laundry, dish and shampoo containers; and common food containers for yogurt, butter, salad dressing, milk and juice.