“A Bold Peace” screening sheds light on Costa Rican history

By Vanessa Reis Students who gathered in South Campus Commons last Monday night to watch the screening of “A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization” learned about the journey that led Costa Ricans to be some of the happiest people on the planet. It’s true: Costa Rica ranks No. 1 in the Happy Planet Index, a site that measures how well nations are doing … Continue reading “A Bold Peace” screening sheds light on Costa Rican history

Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

By Vanessa Reis The university’s school of public health held its fifth annual Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities at Stamp Student Union Saturday. A number of panels discussed the usage of litigation as a tool for environmental and social change. One panel in particular discussed the impacts of President Donald Trump’s environmental policies and how to combat these policies through litigation. “What we’re … Continue reading Fifth Annual Symposium on Environmental Justice explores role of pollution in inequality

“Paris to Pittsburgh” screening inspires students to local action

By David DeWeaver President Trump was elected, he said, “to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” It was a line he used to justify pulling America out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a non-binding, overwhelmingly popular global accord which asked signatory nations to curb their greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. But Pittsburgh, along with many cities and municipalities across the country, was … Continue reading “Paris to Pittsburgh” screening inspires students to local action

GreenFest paves the way to a more sustainable campus

By Shruti Kumar The University of Maryland’s Denton Community Quad held its 7th Annual GreenFest on Thursday, April 18. The event focused on bringing to light more healthy, sustainable practices and environmentally-conscious habits for the UMD community. The event featured stalls tabled by over 20 organizations promoting GreenFest’s message, including Terps Recycle, Green Roots and the Farmers Market at Maryland. With a number of interactive … Continue reading GreenFest paves the way to a more sustainable campus

Spring’s annual Bike Week rolls around

By Shruti Kumar The University of Maryland held its annual Bike Week from March 30 to April 6. This event has existed since 2011 and promotes healthy, environmentally-friendly modes of transportation. Bike Week is sponsored by the university’s Department of Transportation Services in partnership with RecWell and is composed of cycling-related activities and giveaways each day of the week. Andrew S. Muir, the communications manager … Continue reading Spring’s annual Bike Week rolls around

Earth Week celebrations kick off with Earth Day Fest at UMD

By Greta Easthom The campus community joined 30 organizations at Stamp’s Grand Ballroom April 16 to celebrate Earth Day to learn about sustainable practices and environmental legislation. Live music floated about from the Radiographers and smoothies served as participants milled about the various stands. The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) and University of Maryland’s Student Government Association sponsored the festival. “This year, our festival theme was … Continue reading Earth Week celebrations kick off with Earth Day Fest at UMD

Green Week Fights Through Fire and Rain to Educate Students

By Cody Branchaw The University of Maryland’s Resident Hall Association Sustainability Committee celebrated Mother Earth with its annual Green Week this past week. The week of events hoped to raise awareness and provide fun, interactive activities for students around campus. RHA Sustainability Committee President Celeste Corona, a freshman government and politics and environmental science and policy double major, loved how the events unfolded, setting the stage … Continue reading Green Week Fights Through Fire and Rain to Educate Students

The Wildlife Society aims to make the College Park area more animal-friendly

By Mia Salenetri If you happened to encounter groups of students picking up dead birds at 4 a.m. last semester, you might have already met The Wildlife Society. For 10 days straight this past fall, groups of UMD Wildlife Society members picked up 22 dead birds that had crashed into windows around campus as part of the Lights Out Baltimore initiative — a group that advocates … Continue reading The Wildlife Society aims to make the College Park area more animal-friendly