The Sustainability Office was established in Fall 2008 to communicate, coordinate, and assess sustainability efforts on the UMD campus. Our goal is to make sustainability a central theme for everything we do at UMD.

Why we're here

The U of MN Board of Regents Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Policy defines sustainability as "a continuous effort integrating environmental, social, and economic goals through design, planning, and operational organization to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

(You can read the Sustainability Annual Report submitted to President Kaler for 2010 -2011.)

How do we help to create a sustainable future for our campus? By doing whatever we can to ensure that UMD is a thriving university that provides high quality education with effective budgets and affordable tuition, all whlie making UMD a healthier and more environmentally friendly place to learn, work, and live.

Campus Commitment

UMD is a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. To meet these commitments, UMD conducted a campus greenhouse gas inventory to determine how much carbon we are emitting, and look for ways to cut back our emissions.

In January of 2009, a UMD Sustainability Committee was formed to :

Members were appointed by and report recommendations to UMD's Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations. The Committee meets regularly to discuss sustainability and energy issues at UMD, and has been charged with submitting a Climate Action Plan for UMD to meet the requirement for the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

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