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March 10, 2017

As a part of RecycleMania, our partners from the Office of Solid Waste and Recycling in Facilities Management are hosting a free electronics recycling and sensitive document shredding event on Wednesday, March 29 from 9am-2pm at Lot 3a.

January 12, 2017

The Division of Administration and Finance has a brand new website featuring information about campus facilities, community engagement, public safety, and much more. 

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"

August 16, 2016

OSHA and the CDC provide the following information for mosquito prevention. Zika is a mosquito-borne illness. General mosquito prevention activities can reduce your risks.

August 13, 2016

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (ESSR) has moved office locations from the Chesapeake Building to the Seneca Building located on Baltimore Avenue (Route 1.)

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

August 24, 2009

The CDC has prepared Swine Influenza and You, a document that answers some common questions about Swine Influenza.

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.