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For Earth Week News & Events please see: Earth Week | Press Release & PSA | Conservation Calendar

SAVE THE DATE for Earth Week 2014!  April 21-25, 2014

Earth Week at UM looks different each year, depending on who is involved and what sustainability initiatives or milestones we hope to celebrate. If you would like to be involved in this fun and diverse week of sustainability-themed events, please contact the ASUM Sustainability Coordinator! (asum.sustain@mso.umt.edu)

UM's Earth Week celebrations always involve the presentation of the Greening UM Awards, awards given to sustainability advocates from around campus who have been nominated by their peers. We also support and advertise a variety of community-centered events around the Missoula area, so make sure to check our Conservation Calendar above. If you have an Earth Week event to advertise, please email Vicki Watson (vicki.watson@mso.umt.edu).

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UM STUDENTS COLLECT DATA FOR FIRST AASHE STARS SUBMISSION

As the centerpiece of a course titled "Sustainability Evaluation & Monitoring," University of Montana students collected data on their institution's sustainability progress during the Fall 2013 semester. The course used the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) designed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to guide students and instructors through a thorough examination of sustainability practices around campus. 

The Office of Sustainability and the ASUM Sustainability Center are putting together the final pieces of UM's first STARS Report to be submitted in February 2014. Please check back for a link to UM's STARS report!

HOW "GREEN" IS YOUR COURSE?

Several UM faculty and staff have been working on developing a tool to help faculty "green" their courses' footprints and give themselves a score based on criteria like paper use related to the class, energy-conscientious behaviors during the course, and more.

COMING SOON: PUTTING SUSTAINABILITY ON THE MAP

If you find yourself scrolling the UM homepage and want an interactive sustainability experience, check out the new UM interactive map! The map will debut during the spring 2014 semester and will include real-time energy data in various buildings around campus, as well as the location of bus stops, bike racks and hubs, and recycling stations.

REINVEST MONTANA!

A major part of the campus sustainability conversation that gets omitted is the part about our institutional investment practices. In UM's case, the UM Foundation manages the investment of private funds in order to provide monetary support for the mission and vision of the University of Montana.

REINVEST MONTANA is a group of student activists encouraging the UM Foundation to divest its endowment from fossil-fuel related companies and to REINVEST in more sustainable businesses and projects. Check out the group's article in a recent Missoula Independent HERE.

ENERGY AUDIT UPDATE

The first major round of energy audits is complete. Audits of this type had not been done on UM’s campus for 15 years, and the projected energy saving potentials are enormous. To learn more about the audits, click here.
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The Office of Sustainability
UM Facilities Services PP 110
32 Campus Dr MS 9288
Missoula MT, 59812