In 2009 the Climate Action Plan became an important part of the University’s strategic direction. The plan was reviewed by the campus community and endorsed by the University Senate and President. The Climate Action Plan set phased milestone targets, ultimately resulting in carbon neutrality by 2050. Learn more about UMD’s steps to a smaller carbon footprint. NASA Earth Observatory

In support of these campus goals, we continue to find ways to minimize our energy use and reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Dining Services installed advanced exhaust hood technology from Intelli-Hood to reduce heating, cooling and electricity usage with variable control exhaust hoods.
  • “Combi Ovens” have replaced gas convention ovens. These ovens are more efficient and also cook more quickly leading to greater energy savings.
  • The windows in South Campus Dining Hall were replaced with new energy-efficient insulated windows. The roof and ductwork in the Diner were insulated and inefficient air conditioning systems were replaced with energy efficient environmentally friendly systems. This will reduce heating and cooling energy use by 10-15%.
  • Lighting in production, storage and office areas is being switched to compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • All public restrooms and storage areas have lighting system motion detectors to turn lights off when the spaces are not in use.
  • Hallways have had the lighting levels reduced by 50 percent.
  • We are developing standards to ensure all renovated facilities qualify for LEED certification.

We are proud of the our ongoing renovations of the dining halls!

  • 251 North was opened fall 2011 and was one of the first LEED Silver Certified Dining Facilities in the state of Maryland.
  • Features of the 251 North building include a green roof, Energy Star® equipment, triple paned windows, variable controlled HVAC systems, skylights and occupancy sensors.
  • The Diner also had a “Green Upgrade” including energy efficient equipment and lighting, occupancy sensors, improved insulation, reduced-water fixtures in restrooms, and roof mounted AET solar collectors.