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Sustainability Efforts

Solar panels on the rooftop of The School of Extended & Lifelong Learning building, University of MontanaFor several years, the Princeton Review has saluted the University of Montana as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The School of Extended & Lifelong Learning strives to be a leader in sustainability initiatives on campus.  Our green initiatives range from physical changes such as reducing hard copy materials at conferences and eliminating the use of bottled water to attitudinal changes such as promoting online learning and sharing information electronically.  Our most visible sustainability undertaking has been the installation of solar panels and energy monitoring.

SELL Solar Panels

Installed in 2011, UM’s James E. Todd Building sports 10 operating solar panels that can produce up to 2,300 watts of power. The building joins the student-run Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology to become the first auxiliary building on campus with solar panels.  The solar panels will serve to “foster inquiry, learning and applied research” via an energy-monitoring system that tracks how much power the system produces throughout the day.

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