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Our Vision

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland utilizes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to deliver research, education, and engagement for policy impact. Launched in 2016, it features a core team of twelve leading scholar-practitioners and over 25 staff, students, and affiliates with an annual budget of roughly $3 million. Through analysis for ambition and collaborative action, CGS is helping drive the global engine of ambition critical to meet goals related to climate, development, and sustainability. We do this by integrating field-leading research, applied assessment, and policy analysis; and implementing it through partnerships and engagement at all scales.

CGS was created in response to the global need for integrated analytics and engagement to support higher ambition in achieving climate, development, and sustainability goals. In doing this, CGS fills a critical gap to link robust technical capacity closely to decision-making at all levels. CGS is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world both within our community and through collaborative research and action on local and global scales.

CGS has a growing portfolio of projects integrating analysis for ambition and collaborative action. As we look to expand our activities to serve this global mission, our vision for impact includes specific, new partnerships and programs in the following areas:

  • Fuse subnational with national action to raise global ambition
  • Support ambitious climate mitigation strategy analysis linked to decision making
  • Scale-up climate finance based on bottom-up actions and collaborative engagement Integrate climate resilience in local communities
  • Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in sustainability, climate, and energy
  • Catalyze universities’ thought leadership, educational and convening power

CGS is based at the University of Maryland, the major research university in the Washington DC area and a land-grant, sea-grant, public research university. It is ranked in the top 10 U.S. research universities with a $2.1 billion annual budget and combined $1.1 billion in annual research awards. The School of Public Policy focuses on blending governance at local, state, national, and international levels, with roughly 80 faculty and 1600 graduate, undergraduate, and executive students.