Sustainability in Action
In 2007, former UM President George Dennison signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now known as just the Climate Commitment, launching UM’s more structured pursuit of greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The commitment sparked the formalization of the Office of Sustainability in 2008, when we hired our first sustainability coordinator and recycling coordinator. In 2009 we completed our first greenhouse gas emissions inventory, our Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2010.
In 2018, Sustainability takes a variety of forms on campus. Our office and campus partners collaborate to implement a variety of programs; our Green Office Program, energy conservation projects, Campus Thrift, our student-funded campus recycling program, Climate Change Minor Internships, and sustainable dining options are all part of UM's efforts to be a more socially and environmentally responsible institution. Check out the corresponding tabs to learn more about sustainability projects at the University of Montana.