UMBC recognizes that sustainability is about considering the complex and integrated nature of the variety of natural and human systems that maintain a thriving world. Facilities Management (FM) is a system that supports all other systems. The optimal impacts of sustainability are long term and belong in a strategic plan, and the best facility management organizations are already linking facility management strategy and sustainability tenets to those of the overall entity. UMBC’s Office of Sustainability is located within Facilities Management and ensures that multiple campus stakeholders are engaged in decisions about climate adaptation, energy efficiency, sustainable development, stormwater, and green growth.
What are some actions taken by Facilities Management to make UMBC a more sustainable campus?
Upgrades to our building systems: numerous efficiency projects and initiatives have been implemented across campus.
Maintain energy-efficient standards: through the use of energy-saving standards and energy-conservation guidelines.
Utilize renewable energy sources: each year UMBC increases its use of renewable energy sources.
Promote Responsible Waste Management: working to reduce waste generation, and increase recycling and composting.
Build more sustainable buildings: all new construction is designed to meet, or exceed, LEED Silver Standards. Explore UMBC’s green buildings on the virtual green building tour.
Planning for Climate Action: FM is a key stakeholder on campus for planning and implementing strategies related to UMBC’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).