USG is committed to environmental stewardship. Working with our partner institutions, students, and local schools and businesses, it is our goal to act as a facilitator of sustainability for the greater good.
Building a Sustainable Future
In 2007, The Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center was certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. Since then, the Universities at Shady Grove has made sustainability one of its core principles. From a recycling program that consistently performs in the top 30% of county businesses to green vehicle charging stations and carpool discounts, the Universities at Shady Grove embraces sustainability.
In 2015 The Universities at Shady Grove signed on to the President’s “American Campuses Act on Climate” pledge. Since then, we have retrofitted and recommissioned our existing buildings and constructed the crown jewel of our campuses’ sustainability program, the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building, or BSE. The BSE is a 220,000 square foot lab building that brings rigorous STEM programs from Maryland’s public universities to the heart of Montgomery County. Thanks to the innovative use of chilled beams, high efficiency condensing boilers, rainwater recapture, and an extensive array of solar panels, this building is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification. It is truly one of the most sustainable buildings of its kind.
As campus continues to grow, so do our sustainability efforts. Solar panel arrays were recently installed on both of our parking garages and on the roof of Building 1. We plan to pursue LEED for Existing Buildings certification in Building 1, and are in the process of retrofitting our streetlights to energy-saving LEDs. To view an interactive map listing the green features in our buildings and on our campus, click here. To learn more about our solar panels, click here. For more information on our sustainability program, please email Nick Kozak with the department of facilities management at Nkozak@umd.edu.