Welcome to Greening UM
Greening UM represents the University of Montana's ongoing efforts to become socially and environmentally sustainable in our operations, classrooms, and facilities. Sustainability has been integrated into many aspects of our campus community and we strive to connect our understanding of sustainability to our lives both on and off campus. The UM Office of Sustainability and the ASUM Sustainability Center are responsible for the content of this site.
We appreciate your interest in UM's sustainability and always welcome comments and feedback!
UM BECOMES FIRST UNIVERSITY IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION TO EARN STARS SILVER RATING!
In Spring 2014, the University of Montana participated for the first time in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The tool helped guide a holistic assessment of UM's sustainability efforts that includes our greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the identification of sustainability-focused and -related courses, how UM addresses diversity on campus, sustainability in our planning and budgeting processes, and much more.
During the Fall 2012 semester, UM students collected much of the data that was included in the final STARS report, which was submitted in March 2014. We are proud to announce that the University of Montana received a Silver rating for our sustainability work and is the first university in our region to participate in this reporting process.
Find out more about STARS and what it means to participate in this rating system.
CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT: REPORTING ON THE CAMPUS CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS
In April 2013, a partnership of UM sustainability allies coordinated the campus’ second Campus Climate Conversation focused on the intersection of sustainability in academics and campus operations. Fifty-seven students, twenty staff and administrators, and fourteen faculty from across campus participated in this gathering intended to inspire new ideas and paths forward as UM deepens its commitment to sustainability in both campus operations and in its classrooms.
We asked participants, “How can we (the UM community) strengthen connections between education, operations, and decision-making to advance sustainability and UM’s Climate Action Plan at the University?” Click HERE to check out the report and see what participants had to say! The Resource Guides from October 2012 and April 2013 are also available.
MEET OUR 2014/2015 ECO REPS!
Applying sustainability concepts and practices in UM's residence halls has been the focus of student efforts for several years. This year marks the second year that UM Eco Reps will be compensated for their work in the residence halls thanks to the our student sustainability fee. Last year, four committed students worked in Knowles, Miller, and Duniway Halls. This year the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund will support 5 student sustainability advocates who will work in Knowles, Turner, Pantzer, Miller, and Duniway Halls.
Meet our new Eco Reps and learn more about sustainability in UM's residence halls!
GO GRIZ! GO GREEN!
Welcome to beautiful Missoula and the University of Montana! Interested in sustainability issues? Check out the following links and contact us if you are interested in working on one of our campaigns or have an idea for one! In the meantime, we've got tips on how to:
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OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
Director, Office of Sustainability
ASUM SUSTAINABILITY CENTER
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
Questions about recycling at UM or in Missoula?
Check out our RECYCLING PAGE!