USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

Useful Links and References by Topic:

SUSTAINABILITY PAGES AT USM INSTITUTIONS

Bowie State University's C4 Program

Go Green at Towson

University of Maryland, Baltimore Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Matters at UMBC

UMES Solar Project

Sustainability at UMUC

UMCES Sustainability page

Climate-related activities at the University of Maryland, College Park

Climate Change activities at Frostburg State University

Coppin State University Sustainability activities

Climate-related activities at Salisbury University

Universities at Shady Grove

LINK TO INSTITUTIONAL CLIMATE REPORTS

ACUPCC Reports for Maryland
STATEWIDE INITIATIVES

Maryland Green Building Council Annual Reports

Maryland Climate Change Commission (and workgroups)

Maryland Green Buildings site

Transition Work Group Report on Environmental and Natural Resources

Center for Climate Change (Consultant to Maryland's Climate Change efforts)

Maryland Department of the Environment

USM Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative

USM Campus Best Practices

 

NATIONAL BENCHMARKS AND INITIATIVES

ACUP Climate Commitment  Note the Implementation Guide and resources

The Campus Climate Challenge

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Clean Air - Cool Planet (guide for reducing carbon emissions)

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Sustainability Resource Page

U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

 

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
USM Projects

USM Green Building Nominations and Awards

US Green Buildings Council 

US Green Building Council - LEED Certification checklist for NEW Buildings
For a summary of the LEED certification checklist for NEW buildings, please refer to pages 8- 9 of the referenced web-based document

US Green Building Council - LEED Certification checklist for EXISTING Buildings
For a summary of the LEED certification checklist for EXISTING buildings, please refer to pages 11-13 of the referenced web-based document.

Green Buildings Rating System

 

USEFUL REFERENCES

"How To" article on green buildings (existing) from Buildings magazine

Article on energy alternatives from Buildings Magazine

 

BUYING GREEN

The Green Electronics Council - The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)

California Integrated Waste Management Board

Buy Recycled (from the California Integrated Waste Management Board)

Green Guard Institute

 

OTHER (NON-MARYLAND) STATE/HIGHER ED REFERENCES
See other client states of Climate Strategies

University (System) of California policy on sustainability

UC Global Warming newsletter (research, etc.)

LA Community College District = Largest public sector "green" building effort

UC Center for Sustainable Suburban Development

The Chronicle's Sustainability page (resources and links)

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

Duke University

University of Florida

University of California, Berkeley

Cornell University

Northern Arizona University (includes a LEED "Platinum" building)

Michigan State University

Harvard's Green Campus Initiative (includes good audit info)

University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Office and GHG Inventory (UNH became a model for the ACUPCC and others)

University of New Hampshire Greenhouse Gas Report 1990-2003

 

TECHNICAL REFERENCES AND RESEARCH LINKS

Carbon Audit Calculator from Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Carbon Audit Calculator from Clean Air, Cool Planet

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Interesting simulation of global warming from National Geographic

NOAA's global warming FAQs

NWF/Campus Ecology - Guide to Climate Action Planning: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus

Pew Center for Climate Change

EPA's Global Warming site

EPA article archive

Kyoto Protocol (from The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

 

MISCELLANEOUS GRAPHICS AND LINKS
Graph of global temperature change

Focus of temperature variation

Global Warming Predictions Map

Forbes Magazine Rates Maryland as one of the "greenest"states

Please send your ideas and comments regarding campus sustainability to green@usmd.edu