USG is committed to environmental stewardship. Working with our partner institutions, local schools and businesses, it is our goal to act as a facilitator and heighten awareness regarding sustainability to our students and to the surrounding area. USG is a learning laboratory where community members and government leaders can work collaboratively with staff and faculty to propel new green initiatives that impact not only the campus but also the region.
Building a Sustainable Future
Leaders all around the world are concerned for the future of the planet. Every day it seems like there is a new environmental impact on humans. The leaders of The Universities at Shady Grove take this into deep consideration when planning for the campus' future. USG is a growing community, and with every expansion of the campus, the administration works continuously to ensure that USG remains a leader in sustainable development.
The Universities at Shady Grove has signed the White House's American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their strong support in taking action against climate change. To understand what this means for the future of our campus, check out Building for a Sustainable Future, blog post on the Discover USG website.
My Green Montgomery
Montgomery County has a whole website dedicated to teaching its residents about green ways of living. My Green Montgomery is a wonderful resource that encourages and engages residents to seek a greener lifestyle in the County. This site was designed to help county residents find local green sustainable programs, services, and resources all in one place. They welcome residents to share their personal "greening" stories and love getting suggestions for new ideas, new green projects, programs or resources.
The Shady Grove garage was completed in 2016. The garage is for students, visitors, and staff and contains 700 parking spaces and is handicap accessible. The following features can be found in the parking garage, in accordance with the sustainability efforts on campus: Discounted rates are offered to fuel efficient vehicle owners and to those who carpool. LED lights with motion sensors and photo voltaic panels mounted on the roof will generate onsite renewable energy. 99.5% of the construction waste was recycled or reused in the garage. 75% of the materials that were used for the construction of the garage was sourced regionally. Covered bicycle racks and bicycle self-serve maintenance station. Rain gardens surrounding the garage treat storm runoff. Native species and drought resistant landscaping.
Michael Sheehan was awarded the Purcell Sustainability Award for outstanding commitment to sustainability. Michael is the owner and manager of Citizens of Earth, Inc. a local CSA. Michael is studying Business Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Citizens of Earth promotes health, happiness and harmony. You can learn more about his business by going to Citizens of Earth. On Earth Day this year Michael led students in a garden clean-up and re-plant. Students can now enjoy the community garden located in between Building I and II.