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University of Montana Green Thread

Green Thread is celebrating its sixth anniversary with the Spring 2014 workshop! The initiative has served 90 faculty members from UM and Missoula College and 20 faculty members from other regional campuses.

Each academic year, approximately 2,000 UM students enroll in courses that have been revised to integrate sustainability in the curriculum.  

UM faculty members are invited to apply for participation in the 2014 Green Thread Faculty Development Initiative. Sponsored by the Office of the President , Green Thread is an ongoing initiative to help faculty members incorporate the theme of sustainability into their existing courses.

Green Thread requires participants to attend a two-day summer workshop and follow-up meetings during the autumn semester. The workshop will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 21-22, 2014 on the UM campus. Through brief talks by campus and community resource experts, group discussion, and outdoor activities, participants will observe how sustainability pertains to their home discipline. Subsequent meetings will encourage sharing of course content and pedagogical strategies.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend. The application can be found on this site under Green Thread Application.  The deadline for applications is March 8th. Applications should be sent to

For further information or questions, please contact co-organizers Lisa Swallow ( or Steve Schwarze (


                          Faculty and Staff Testimonials


Teresa Sobiesczyk

Associate Professor, Sociology Department, The University of Montana

Teresa Sobieszczyk

"UM's Green Thread movement inspires professors to incorporate vital

sustainability issues into their courses. It led me to develop new

courses related to sustainable development, and to apply for a Fullbright

award on Teaching and Curriculum Development in Sustainability.

I received the award and spent 10 months in 2012-13 at Can Tho University,

Vietnam, broadening the 'Green Thread' from Missoula to South Vietnam."

Cherie Peacock

Sustainability Director, The University of Montana

This is a picture of Cherie Peacock.

"Green Thread is an innovative workshop that that offers facutly a rare

interdisciplinary experience. Every year I am amazed how people

creatively infuse sustainability into their curriculum. I find their work

and passion inspiring."

Workshop Activities 

This is a picture of Alicia Gignoux's students voting for which nature spanish poem is the best. This is a picture from the Campus Conversation.
                Touring UM Flat                                  Campus Climate Conversation

Greening UM

The Office of Sustainability
UM Facilities Services PP 110
32 Campus Dr MS 9288
Missoula MT, 59812