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Greening UM

The University of Montana


In signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, President Dennison pledged to make UM more sustainable and to "ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on campus." Recently, President Dennison has also committed to pursuing LEED silver certification for all new campus buildings.


The Native American Center will be the first building on The University of Montana campus designed to nationally recognized Green Building Standards. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council, and UM intends to pursue certification under USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program

Native American Center 2010

Salvaged logs from the Bonner Mill will be used as columns in the building's gathering space, while existing trees will be reused as mulch and for flooring, for UM forestry research, and for use in a ceremonial sweat lodge. Steel rebar on the project contains at least 60 percent recycled content. An estimated 50 percent to 75 percent of construction waste will be diverted from the landfill during construction by recycling or salvaging materials. Solar panels and wind power may be used to offset energy use, as well as geothermal cooling from the local aquifer. Wood will be used from forest restoration projects in Montana and the Northern Rockies. Use of toxic materials, including adhesives, sealants and paints, will be low. Wall panels will be made from renewable agricultural fiber product. Some 10 percent to 20 percent of the building materials will be extracted, processed and manufactured locally within 500 miles of the project.
To keep up-to-date on the construction process visit: NAC's blog

UM FLAT - Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology

UM FLAT - Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology

The UM FLAT is an experiential live-in resource (house) for UM students demonstrating the practicality of sustainable living. By experimenting with and educating others about the social, ethical, and environmental benefits of appropriate technology, the UM FLAT will help to establish the University of Montana as a model for exhibiting efficient building practices. The ultimate goal of the UM FLAT is to encourage the development of efficient and affordable homes for a sustainable society. By retro-fitting an existing home the utility of the UM FLAT demonstration resources could be easily applied to the Missoula community.

To learn more visit: UM FLAT

Contact: Derek Kanwischer, VST Graduate Program

Greening UM

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