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University of Montana Climate Action Plan

The University of Montana’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) outlines strategies for achieving climate neutrality by 2020. Not all of the emission reduction strategies in the diverse portfolio identified are within the funding ability of the University. Overall success of the plan is dependent on obtaining external funding for a few strategies with large emissions reduction potential. Even with this uncertainty, the campus community advocated for the aggressive carbon neutrality date of 2020 to spur deep cuts in emissions quickly.

An interim emission reduction goal of 10% below 2007 levels by 2015 was selected based on strategies with foreseeable funding. It may seem to be a huge leap to then attain carbon neutrality by 2020, but if funding is realized for the larger emission-cutting strategies, this may be achievable.

This Climate Action Plan is just the beginning of UM’s efforts to mitigate its contribution to climate change. It is intended to be a living document that is amended as new information becomes available and the success of efforts evaluated. The ACUPCC recognizes the rapidly changing situation surrounding climate change mitigation and accommodates updates to plans at any time.

Check out the 2010 UM Climate Action Plan.

UM is considering building a biomass plant to help meet our goal of carbon neutrality by 2020.  Check out information on the plant here.

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