the free, hybrid Charm City Circulator
making custom UB recycling bins
Penn Station: UB's transportation hub
solar panels on the Academic Center 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:
UB is following through on this commitment in a variety of ways, including:
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
The projected savings that will result from this upgrade will finance its cost. In other words, going green will pay for itself.
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:
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 planet will benefit from greening your home and yard. These sites offer ideas for greening projects and using native plants in your landscaping:
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.
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.
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.