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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

The UMD Office of Sustainability is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.

Sustainability is often defined as “development that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Put simply, sustainability is about being responsible with our resources. It is about not using more than our share. It is making sure there is enough, for all, forever.

At UMD, we aim to lower our greenhouse gas emissions through improving operations and empowering individuals to lower their share of the campus carbon footprint.


Portrait of Dr. Julie Etterson in Swenson Greenhouse

Talking Climate Change in Duluth with Dr. Julie Etterson

March 27, 2019

Leading by example through sustainable living and climate change action. 
Text: A more sustainable new year. Icons: tree, recycle symbol, kayak, bike, reusable water bottle, clasped hands

6 Resolutions for Sustainability at UMD!

January 18, 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
Ben Fornear tabling during the Sustainability Fair with Uline catalog display and junkmail examples

Getting Rid of Junk Mail

November 29, 2018

The UMD mailroom has come to your rescue!
open pea pod with an earth as one of the peas

Focus on Food

November 14, 2018

Everybody eats. Two events talk about food choices and their impacts.