University of Montana

Missoula, MT, US

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Bronze - expired 42.13 Dec. 26, 2020 Eva Rocke June 30, 2017 Download
The University of Montana has several outstanding educational programs addressing sustainability. The Climate Change Studies minor is one of the first of its kind in the nation offered to all students. The recently approved Sustainable ... read more
Credit Status
Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
One of UM's most notable sustainability-related researchers is Nobel Laureate Dr. Steve Running. Dr Running won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Al Gore, for his work as lead author for the 4th Assessment of ... read more
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Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
The University of Montana's strongest reporting areas in STARS are related to co-curricular education and engagement. Our beautiful natural surroundings, strong sense of community, and nationally-recognized academic programs that support sustainability literacy contribute to a ... read more
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Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Complete
Public Engagement
UM is very involved in community service, public engagement, and partnerships. The recently developed Missoula Area Sustainability Collaborative is a partnership between UM, the City of Missoula, USDA Forest Service, and the public school system. ... read more
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Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Air & Climate
UM has accomplished real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions according to our 2014/2015 GHG emissions inventory. Our first interim reduction goal was to reduce emissions 10% below our 2007 baseline levels. We met our goal ... read more
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Not Pursuing

UM is improving the sustainability performance of buildings by retaining a full-time Energy Manager, inplementing real-time energy metering, completing energy efficiency retrofits, and requiring all new buidlings be LEED certified.

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Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
UM is reducing its energy consumption through efficiency and conservation as well as investigating sources of renewable energy. UM has utilized efficient groundwater cooling for many years. With renewed focus on energy use, further reductions ... read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining
UM's Dining Services has a nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable food system. Farm to College sources food locally and was initiated by students. This innovative program has been used as a model for universities across the ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing In Progress
Sustainable Dining In Progress

The University of Montana maintains its grounds with sustainability in mind as much as possible. Crews have reduced the amount of fertilizer and water used and conserve resources whenever they can.

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Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Complete

UM has a campus-wide Green Cleaning policy that encourages innovation by custodial staff.

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Sustainable Procurement Complete
Electronics Purchasing Not Pursuing
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Not Pursuing

The Associated Students of the University of Montana operate the outstanding Office of Transportation that provides free bus rides to students, rental bikes, community connections, and incentives.

Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
UM is reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting its waste and has goals to increase the rate of diversion. Students fund the campus recycling program and work to improve recycling on campus and in the community. read more
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Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Credit Status
Water Use In Progress
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning

Sustainability is one of four core values in UM's strategic plan, pointing to a high level commitment. UM also has had a formally adopted Climate Action Plan since 2010.

Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning In Progress
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability

Diversity, another core value expressed in the University's strategic plan, is an area where UM shines. Achieving almost all credits available in STARS shows the campus commitment to environmental and social justice.

Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity In Progress
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
Investment & Finance

The University of Montana has limited involvement in investment decisions that promote sustainability. That could soon change with efforts to advocate for the divestment in fossil fuels.

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Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Sustainable Investment Not Started
Investment Disclosure Complete
Wellbeing & Work
UM has incorporated sustainability in many of its human resouces programs. After learning about STARS, staff included sustainability in staff development and new employee orientation. Individual initiative such as this is what makes a big ... read more
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Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction In Progress
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Not Pursuing

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