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Sustainability


We are responsible for managing and maintaining UB's sustainability efforts, and we implement a prioritized, cost-effective approach to managing energy and utilities with goals of improving reliability, saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

 

The UB campus is integrated in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, so investing in our campus translates into an investment for Baltimore.

UB is dedicated to sustainability through energy conservation, waste reduction, education, research and civic engagement. These efforts include:

 

 Circulator

the free, hybrid Charm City Circulator

Penn Station

Penn Station: UB's transportation hub

Solar Panels

solar panels on the Academic Center roof

LC Green Roof

the green roof of UB's Learning Commons

 

  • Energy Efficiency

    One of the University of Baltimore's most critical sustainability initiatives is reducing UB's energy consumption. Through its energy performance contract, 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.

    We project energy and cost savings by switching to more energy-efficient equipment to be an estimated $11 million over the next 15 years. Campus upgrades include:

      • installing more energy-efficient mechanical equipment, including new chillers and boilers across the campus
      • utilizing a computerized building control system to manage building temperatures during occupied and unoccupied hours
      • installing more efficient lighting
      • installing skylight units with photovoltaic solar panels that use captured daylight to produce energy
      • providing automatic on-off sensors for electrical equipment, including vending machines
      • replacing plumbing fixtures with ones that are designed to conserve water

    The projected savings that result from these upgrades will finance their cost. In other words, going green pays for itself.

  • Green Buildings

    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:

      • the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, which has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of platinum, making it one of the first law school buildings in the country to achieve this status
      • 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 green (literally) roof of the Learning Commons; 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.
  • Carbon Footprint

    The University of Baltimore has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. 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:

      • 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.
  • Waste and Recycling

    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 bins throughout campus for your convenience.

    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.

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

  • Your Contribution

    We all contribute to the greening of UB's campus. If you work here, follow these simple tips to make your office more sustainable.

    • Turn off your monitor and log off your computer. It's easy to turn off your monitor every time you leave your office for more than 20 minutes.
    • Turn off the lights. If you leave your office for more than five minutes, turn them off. Many of our offices now have sensors that automatically turn lights on and off.
    • Unplug any devices not in use. Plugged-in devices consume energy, even when you're not using them. Consider unplugging before vacations.
    • Use a power strip. Switching off a power strip allows you to turn off devices all at once. Turning off appliances is more efficient than leaving them in idle mode.
    • Use energy-efficient devices. Use Energy Star equipment; it pays for itself.
    • Be smart with your blinds. Block extreme heat or cold by closing your blinds. At normal temperatures, turn off the lights, open the blinds and allow natural sunlight to brighten your office.
    • Dress appropriately. If it's cold, put on an extra sweater. Avoid energy-hogging space heaters.
    • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Print less, use less, print in black and white, recycle what you can and use recycled items.
    • Take the stairs. Not the elevator.