BSOS Sustainability

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) is a leader in understanding and encouraging sustainability on campus and across the globe. Through technology and hands-on research, BSOS faculty and students are exploring how economic progress affects our physical environment and vice versa. By encouraging global sustainability, BSOS strives to "Be the Solution" to the world's great challenges.

BSOS was the first academic college to develop and launch a college-wide sustainability plan. In the plan, four main initiatives are outlined: Student Engagement, Green Office Program, Green Classroom Initiative, and Sustainable Curriculum.


Student Engagement

BSOS Sustainability Task Force

The BSOS Sustainability Task Force is made up of students from several departments within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as Public Policy and Engineering. Each semester the task force chooses a salient problem to campus sustainability and works toward finding a solution. From building a solar powered charging study station, to creating awareness of food behavioral impacts, to working toward decreasing electricity consumption, the students research viable alternatives or enhancements, survey fellow students, and write a grant for implementation funds.

To learn more about the task force, click here.

Green Office Program

BSOS actively participates in Sustainable UMD's Green Office Program. All but two of our 10 departments are participating, along with several BSOS research centers. Many are working toward their bronze certification, four offices have already achieved bronze certification, and four offices have gone further to receiving silver certification!

Silver Certified  
Name of OfficeGO RepCertification expires on:
Geographical Sciences - Hartwick OfficesEvan Ellicott, Giuseppe Molinario11-May-16
Anthropology - Department Chair & Administrative OfficeErik Hanson, Umai Habibah26-Jun-16
Geographical Sciences - LeFrak HallChristine Kang11-Aug-16
BSOS - Dean's OfficeSarah Goff-Tlemsani20-Nov-16
Bronze Certified  
Name of OfficeGO RepCertification expires on:
African American Studies DepartmentMarci Deloatch25-Jun-16
BSOS - Advising OfficeBrandon Clark, Bailey Kier, Christie Cradock, Maya Aduba 
Department of EconomicsLisa Geraghty30-Jun-16
Department of PsychologyCristina Garcia26-Aug-16
Participating Offices  
Name of OfficeGO Rep 
Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)Andrea Wise 
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)Sandra Carcamo 
Criminology and Criminal JusticeRebecca Johnson 
Department of Government and PoliticsMichael Mansfield 
Maryland Neuroimaging CenterSandy Collier 
SociologyAnne Chapman 

Many of the G.O. Reps listed above also serve on the BSOS Sustainability Committee. These staff and faculty meet quarterly to learn about new opportunities, discuss problems or obstacles, and find ways to synergize. The list of the members is here.

The Dean's Office, acknowledging the need to lead by example, achieved bronze certification in November 2015. Information about the tasks the Dean's Office took on to accomplish bronze goals can be found here. The Dean's Office silver certification checklist is here.


Green Classroom Initiative

BSOS is dedicated to keeping our classrooms green! That's why we are encouraging our faculty to utilize ELMS, our online learning management system for courses, to its fullest extent. Using less paper in the classroom not only helps the environment but helps students stay organized, and saves on printing costs. An increasing number of BSOS courses are using online resources rather than paper textbooks.


Sustainable Curriculum

Sustainability is an important topic, not just in environmental classes, but in nearly every class. That's why the Chesapeake Project was implemented. The project is a two-day workshop that trains current faculty to introduce topics of sustainability (environment, economy, equity) into their current courses. To find a list of BSOS courses adapted from the Chesapeake Project, click here.

Many BSOS courses also participate in the Sustainability Minor, UMD's largest minor. For a list of current BSOS courses approved for the Sustainability Minor click here.


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Dr. Evan Ellicott,
Chair, BSOS Sustainability Committee


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