News & Events
Social Sustainability Series
Join the Sustainable Business Council as they host three lively events on social sustainability on January 22, February 5, and February 19. Additional information can be found in the event flyer.
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.