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We are Moving

The Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk (ESSR) is moving office locations from the Chesapeake Building to the Seneca Building located on Baltimore Avenue (Route 1.) The move will begin on June 27 and is expected to take at least one week to complete. During this time, ESSR will have staff at the university to provide essential and most routine services. If you need to contact ESSR during this time, please call 301-405-3960 for assistance.

The following ESSR units will be housed at Seneca: Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Office of Research Safety, Office of Risk Management, Office of Sustainability, and ESSR Administration, Business and Financial Services. ESSR Environmental Affairs will remain at their location at the 344 Building (Hazardous Waste Facility) located near the Wye Oak Building and Research Greenhouse Complex.

The new ESSR address and contact information is:

Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
Seneca Building
4716 Pontiac Street, Suite 0103
College Park, MD 20742

Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report is now available.

Maureen Kotlas appointed Executive Director effective 2/1/2016

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.

Maureen Kotlas

URL Change

Our web site has changed to

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