The UM community has a long tradition of working for environmental stewardship and democracy.
On Earth Day 2002, former UM President George Dennison signed the Talloires Declaration, rededicating UM to promoting sustainable development, self determination and social justice on local, state, national and global levels. President Dennison appointed a Sustainable Campus Committee (SCC) to guide and document UM's efforts in meeting the goals of the Talloires Declaration. The SCC recognizes outstanding efforts to build sustainability with an annual Greening UM award and provides an annual State of the Sustainable Campus report delivered each Earth Week.
In 2007, President George Dennison signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment(ACUPCC), dedicating UM to reduce its carbon emissions to zero -- a key part of making UM a model for sustainability. UM was one of the 100 charter signatories to the ACUPCC.
In 2008, the Montana Governor's office called on all state agencies to reduce their energy use by 20% (relative to 2007 levels) by the year 2010. UM has implemented several initiatives to comply with the 20x10 Intitiative, including setting a speed limit of 65 mph for university fleet vehicles to improve fuel efficiency and completing energy audits on sixteen campus buildings. Following the energy audits, several lighting and equipment energy efficiency upgrades were installed.
In addition to these upgrades, UM achieved several milestones in 2008. UM released its first-ever Greenhouse Gas Inventory and hired a full time Sustainability Coordinator and Recycling Coordinator, creating an Office of Sustainability at the University of Montana.
In 2010, UM completed a Climate Action Plan, which set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020 and an interim goal of reducing carbon emissions 10% below 2007 by 2015. UM is committed to working toward these ambitious goals. "Sustainability," along with diversity, engagement, and leadership, is one of the University's Core Values as outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan, further indicating our institutional commitment to social, environmental, and economic resilience.
ORGANIZATIONUM Office of Sustainability
UM Facilities Services
32 Campus Dr MS 9288
Missoula MT, 59812
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
ASUM Sustainability Center
University Center, Suite 113
Missoula, MT 59812
Sustainable Campus Committee
Suzanne Tilleman, Committee Chair
There are many contacts for various programs, operations and initiatives on campus. Contact information is provided throughout this site. For general questions regarding campus sustainability, please contact the Office of Sustainability.