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The NextGen Energy Program

The Path to Our Renewable Energy Future.

A carbon neutral campus is a significant step, but now it's time to set our sights on greatly reducing dependency on fossil fuels. I am announcing today that we are committed to a fossil-fuel free power plant under the NextGen Energy Program by 2035.

UMD President Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines, President, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is committed to being a responsible steward of our financial and shared resources, including the air, water and land we all rely on every day.

Carlo Colella
Carlo Colella, Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, University of Maryland

A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, UMD is home to more than 40,700 students, 14,000 faculty and staff, and 388,000 alumni, all dedicated to moving Fearlessly Forward. Our College Park campus is a small city unto itself.

Solar Canopy on Parking Garage

To support this expansive enterprise, the university relies on a variety of energy sources, including wind, solar and natural gas.

Cogent Plant

NextGen plays a critical role in ensuring UMD will have a path to a renewable energy future to support our campus energy needs for decades to come.

NextGen will serve as one of the key platforms that will allow the university to meet and surpass its sustainability goals - including improving the university's energy infrastructure and achieving a fossil-free energy system.

We Are One University Community. Together, We Will Power Our Future.