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2015 GREENING UM AWARDS: NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS!
Since 2005, UM has been recongizing sustainability leadership on campus by asking all campus community members to nominate their peers and colleagues for this award.
The Sustainable Campus Committee (SCC) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Greening UM Awards for outstanding participation in creating a sustainable campus! Nominees should represent one of the following categories: student; staff; faculty; or administrator. A total of four awards will be given.
Please include the following in your nomination:
- Name of your nominee
- The nomination category (student, staff, faculty, administrator)
- The nominee's departmental/unit affiliation or title
- Nominator’s name and contact information
The following criteria will be used to judge the nominees:
- The scale of impact including size, longevity, and number of people reached
- Demonstrated success over the last year creating projects that reduce the University's carbon footprint, increase resource use efficiency, and/or build a more ecologically aware campus.
- Nominations are to be 300 words maximum. Those going over will be disqualified.
- Past Greening UM award winners are not eligible nor are current SCC members. Please see the list of past award winners and committee members.
Please submit your nominations by email to Eva Rocke at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight April 1. Award recipients will be recognized at UM’s Sustainaganza celebration on April 22nd and presented with a plaque (and they’ll get to eat free cake, too!).
Thank you in advance for helping us recognize individuals on campus doing this important work!
UM WELCOMES NEW SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR!
The University of Montana is excited to welcome its new Sustainability Coordinator to campus as of September 2, 2014. A recent alum of UM's environmental studies graduate program, Eva Rocke has been on campus for the last 3 years as a graduate student and as the ASUM sustainability coordinator. Excited by the sustainability goals and challenges ahead, Eva welcomes communication from all members of our campus community and can be found in Main Hall, room 130.
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. Currently, courses that are taught at UM can be assessed by the faculty who teach them by completing the assessment in Moodle called "Green Teaching," which can be found in the left hand navigation bar when signed in to UMOnline.
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 new map can be accessed HERE and includes live energy data from campus buildings with smart meters, the locations of recycling stations around campus, bike racks, and the locations of renewable energy technology. Take the virtual UM sustainability tour!
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.