Maryland Food Co-Op celebrates 44 years amid Stamp’s decision to close it

  By Rina Torchinsky The Maryland Food Collective celebrated 44 years of the cooperative May 10 in the wake of the Stamp Student Union’s decision to shut down the eatery at the end of the month. The event welcomed students and alumni to a photo-lined exhibit that showcased the history of the Co-op during the 12-hour event in the North Atrium. While the event celebrated … Continue reading Maryland Food Co-Op celebrates 44 years amid Stamp’s decision to close it

“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

“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

UMD continues going green with Smart Commute Program

By Megan Sayles Avoiding traffic and taking a break from the daily grind are just two reasons Dan Wray participates in UMD’s carpool program. A result of the university’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) sustainability efforts on campus, the carpool program was created to help participants save money on gas and reduce the amount of emissions coming from campus commuters. “The carpool program has been … Continue reading UMD continues going green with Smart Commute Program

A bike with a rusty chain and a DOTS warning.

DOTS bike impounds go to groups in need

By Nathan Stiff With rusty chains, torn saddles and missing wheels, abandoned bicycles on bike racks around campus are more common than one might think. UMD’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) eventually takes unclaimed or illegally parked bikes off of the racks, donating them to nonprofits that offer bikes and mechanical skills to communities in need. According to DOTS sustainability coordinator Marta Woldu, bikes should … Continue reading DOTS bike impounds go to groups in need

UMD Dining Services partners with Menus of Change in ongoing effort to improve sustainability, diversify menu

By Maya Rosenberg This semester, University of Maryland Dining Services will be partnering with Menus of Change, an organization that promotes better food choices and menu development, and an increased focus on health sustainability. According to the UMD Dining Services website, as a member of Menus of Change, dining services aims to “advance healthier, more sustainable life-long food choices among students” through the changes they … Continue reading UMD Dining Services partners with Menus of Change in ongoing effort to improve sustainability, diversify menu

LEAFHouse brings sustainable housing to Maryland Day

By Meghan Thompson The Maryland Day visitors who ventured past the Xfinity Center, away from the chaos of main campus funnel cakes and fire trucks, toured an educational open house of a modernly designed sustainable home. The open house was hosted by the American Institute of Architects Potomac Valley Chapter and the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation to promote sustainable housing and educate Maryland Day visitors … Continue reading LEAFHouse brings sustainable housing to Maryland Day

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

Student organization works to ban fracking in Maryland

Anti-fracking organizations held two events this week to promote the banning of fracking in Maryland in light of National Day of Action. The Student Sustainability Committee at the University of Maryland screened a fracking documentary titled “Triple Divide” on Tuesday. The documentary is directed by the founders of Public Herald, an investigative journalism company that focuses on the true effects of the energy industry. “It … Continue reading Student organization works to ban fracking in Maryland