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What's New at ESSR

June 6, 2018

The University of Maryland is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as an Environmental Specialist within the Environmental Affairs unit of the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk (ESSR).

March 22, 2018

Positions are currently posted for Manager, Laboratory Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer and Senior Laboratory Safety Industrial Hygienist. 

March 13, 2018

The Office of Emergency Management has teamed up with UHR's Learning and Talent Development group to offer an emergency preparedness course to the entire UMD campus community.

March 7, 2018

The Assistant Director for Risk Management is a key leader within the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk and is responsible for oversight and direction in the areas of occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, insurance, and loss control. Click here for more information. 

February 1, 2018

Graduate students in the School of Public Health collaborated with staff members from the Office of Risk Management in the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk (ESSR) this past semester on their class projects to analyze and make key recommendations about the workplace health and safety environment at the University of Maryland.

January 25, 2018

Stormwater management, permitting, and pollution control is a major priority for the University of Maryland.

October 13, 2017

This senior level Laboratory Safety Industrial Hygienist position supports the goal of providing the UMD research community with the guidance and tools they need to manage safety in their laboratories. 

September 27, 2017

The Annual Fire Safety Report for 2017 is now available.  In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the report contains fire safety information about on-campus student housing.

September 1, 2017

The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $400,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.

May 26, 2017

The Senior Research Safety Program Manager position supports the goal of providing the UMD research community with the guidance and tools they need to manage safety in their laboratories.

May 10, 2017

The University of Maryland is committed to the safety of all individuals in its community. Get more information regarding camps and youth programs at UMD.

May 5, 2017

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk is proud to announce the SAFE initiative.

March 31, 2017

Starting this year, the University of Maryland is taking a historic step on its journey toward carbon neutrality. President Loh has approved a strategy to eliminate the climate impact caused by university-related student, faculty, and staff air travel through a new Carbon Neutral Air Travel Initiative.

October 11, 2016

The Office of Research Safety publishes a new Safety Culture webpage with resources for the research community.

October 11, 2016

Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost, Amitabh Varshney, Interim Vice President and Chief Research Officer and Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration and Finance renew their commitment to a strong culture of safety by issuing the expanded "Expectations for Conducting Safe Research"

January 11, 2016

I am so pleased to be returning to the University of Maryland as the Executive Director of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk (ESSR.) This is a wonderfully exciting time for the University with record research funding, the addition of new campus facilities, a continuing increase in student enrollment, and membership in the Big Ten (Go Terps!), among many other initiatives and accomplishments. The very capable staff of ESSR are here to provide the University with excellent support and services in line with our vision of a campus where safety and sustainability are core values. I invite you to explore our website ( for additional information about our programs and resources. I hope to meet as many of you as possible and I look forward to hearing from you with your comments, questions, and suggestions. Sincerely, Maureen Kotlas

March 5, 2009

Federal and state safety agencies investigate after UCLA university officials failed to address lapses before a Dec. 29 chemical accident left a research assistant with fatal burns. Read more in the Los Angeles Times.