Committees, Offices & Services

THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

The Office of Sustainability evolved out of the efforts of the Sustainable Campus Committee, Facility Services Sustainability Initiatives team, the ASUM Sustainability Center, and the Recycling Oversight Committee.  These groups coordinated various campus sustainability efforts and worked hard to create a united Office of Sustainability with a full-time Sustainability Coordinator.  The first Sustainability Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, Cherie Peacock, started January 2009. In September 2014, Eva Rocke filled the coordinator role. The Office of Sustainability currently includes the ASUM Sustainability Coordinator, two full-time recycling program employees, a 10-month AmeriCorps Energy Corps service member, and the students hired to collect and process recyclable materials.

The current focus of the Office of Sustainability includes: working closely with UM's police department and ASUM Transportation to improve parking and campus access using Transportation Demand Management strategies in order to reduce the emissions impact of campus commuting; build a Green Office Program including a network of employee Sustainability Ambassadors that receive training and resources to enable them to help spread a culture of sustainability across campus; establish a thorough and resilient electronics waste program that effectively accounts for the waste generated on campus in an environmentally, socially, and fiscally responsible way; and to engage students, faculty, and staff in our institutional sustainability journey. 

The Office of Sustainability is responsible for implementing recycling on campus and for coordinating a variety of efforts in support of overall campus sustainability.  Activities that have been ongoing for a number of years include alternative transportation, farm-to-college food services, facility energy conservation measures, energy-efficient new construction, and education on the environment and climate change.   The Office of Sustainability also networks and solicits feedback from the local Missoula community.

Contact: Eva Rocke

ASUM SUSTAINABILITY

Promote, develop and implement.

The ASUM Sustainability Center serves as a resource to help students promote, develop and implement sustainability efforts and activities at the University of Montana. The center organizes educational outreach events like SustainaGanza during Earth Week, the Eco Rep program, which provides sustainability programs in the residence halls, and the Conscious College Road Tour.  The ASUM Sustainability Center also houses the ASUM Community Garden and serves as the main point of contact for the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund (KRELF). The Sustainability Center aims to provide an outlet for students who want to be involved in campus sustainability initiatives.

If you're interested in volunteering or interning, please contact Kat Olson, ASUM Sustainability Coordinator: asum.sustain@mso.umt.edu

SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS COMMITTEE

Universities must play a leading role in education, research, policy development, information exchange, and community outreach in order to help create an equitable and sustainable future. The Sustainable Campus Committee recognizes the importance of this and aims to lead by example through the adoption of the Talloires Declaration's ten principles. By identifying and recommending projects that move the University towards sustainability, the Committee will provide momentum and guidance to UM administration, faculty, staff, and students to achieve environmentally and socially responsible living.

For more information visit: Sustainable Campus Committee


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INTERNSHIP SERVICES

To find internships that have a sustainability focus search the UM Internship Services

 

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