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Green Initiatives


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Contact us:
Jeff LaNoue
Project Planner
Office of Facilities Management and Capital Planning
Academic Center, Room 608

UB's sustainability initiatives address nearly every aspect of campus life—from recycling to roofing, from carbon emissions to curriculum expansion.

Charm City Circulator

the free, hybrid Charm City Circulator

Environmental Law Society

making custom UB recycling bins

Penn Station

Penn Station: UB's transportation hub

solar panels

solar panels on the Academic Center roof

UB's green roof

the green roof of UB's Learning Commons

Here's just a sampling of what we're doing to ensure a healthy future for Baltimore and beyond:

  • participating in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

    UB President Robert L. Bogomolny signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment  on Dec. 11, 2007. This pledge, signed by representatives from more than 600 colleges and universities, aims to reduce our impact on the environment by:
    • neutralizing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions
    • addressing the problem of climate change through research and education.

    UB is following through on this commitment in a variety of ways, including:

    • adopting a Climate Action Plan in December 2009
    • streetscaping and transportation initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
    • continued integration of environmental concerns in its curriculum.
  • upholding an Energy Performance Contract that will cut UB's energy consumption by 30 percent

    One of the University of Baltimore's most critical sustainability initiatives is reducing UB's energy consumption. Through its energy performance contract with Energy Systems Group (ESG), UB has reduced its carbon footprint by 35 percent, from 18,000 metric tons in 2008 to 11,000 metric tons in 2012, ahead of the state's 2015 goal of 30 percent reduction.

    ESG projected the energy and costs that UB could save by switching to more energy-efficient equipment is an estimated $11 million over the next 15 years. ESG handles installation of cutting-edge equipment, such as

    • more efficient lighting
    • skylight units with photovoltaic solar panels that use captured daylight to produce energy
    • automatic on-off sensors for electrical equipment, including vending machines
    • plumbing fixtures that conserve water.

    The projected savings that will result from this upgrade will finance its cost. In other words, going green will pay for itself.

    Carbon Footprint
    What is your carbon footprint? Use the carbon calculator to discover your personal footprint on the environment. These sites offer ideas for shrinking your impact:

  • implementing green building practices

    As the University of Baltimore goes green, it's leading the way in better building. Given the University's urban setting, revamping existing structures is often the smartest choice.With each step, UB becomes a more energy-efficient campus. Take, for example:

    • skylights installed in the roof of the University's Recreation Center to "harvest" daylight through photovoltaic solar panels—not only do the skylights cut down on the need for artificial light, the solar panels convert captured daylight to electrical energy
    • the roof of the Learning Commons is green, literally; plant life on the roof's panels has transformed it into a structure that reflects sunlight and heat, reduces the energy used to cool the building, reduces storm water runoff and produces oxygen rather than greenhouse gases
    • the John and Frances Angelos Law Center is anticipating a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating of platinum—which would make UB's one of the first law schools in the country to have this status.

    The planet will benefit from greening your home and yard. These sites offer ideas for greening projects and using native plants in your landscaping:

  • increasing low carbon footprint transportation

    Because UB is in the heart of the city, we're an exceptionally accessible campus. This means you can get to us through a variety of public transportation options, all of which help to reduce your carbon footprint.

    If you life close enough, consider bicycling to campus when the weather permits.

    UB's commuter options, as well as links to other relevant sites covering public transportation are located here:
  • expanding UB's recycling program

    Recycling at UB

    Help us reach our campus-wide recycling goals, and please recycle in your community. UB has single-stream recycling, which means you don't have to sort your recyclable items. Look for the blue recycling cans throughout campus for your convenience. UB recyclables are picked up by campus housekeepers and recycled by our contracted hauler, Waste Management Corporation.

    UB recycling accepts : office paper, confidential paper (by work order), newspaper, magazines, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, disposable egg cartons, unsoiled cups, plates, cutlery and take away-containers with a recycling No. 6 triangle.

    UB recycling does not accept: food, candy wrappers, potato chip bags, waxed cups, styrofoam, coffee grounds, tea bags, paper towels, toilet tissue, Kleenex (facial tissue) and other items that are soiled.

    Recycling literacy

    Plastics come with a 1-7 numerical recycling code. Look at the underside of plastic containers to find the code number within the recycling symbol. All seven numbers are recyclable, but 1 and 2's are the easiest to recycle.

    Here you'll find information on drop-off locations for bulk trash, recycling and trash pickup schedules and Single Stream Curbside Recycling. These sites contain information on green initiatives in Baltimore and ways that schools and businesses can participate: