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“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

The UMD Office of Sustainability is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.

Sustainability is often defined as “development that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Put simply, sustainability is about being responsible with our resources. It is about not using more than our share. It is making sure there is enough, for all, forever.

At UMD, we aim to lower our greenhouse gas emissions through improving operations and empowering individuals to lower their share of the campus carbon footprint.


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Pollinator Power

May 4, 2021

Save the bees (and other pollinators) in your own backyard.
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MN Student Sustainability Network

May 4, 2021

Last summer, in the midst of a global pandemic, two sustainability leaders went looking for connection to their peers across the state, and...
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The Ultimate Mend & Repair Guide

April 27, 2021

Being able to rescue your clothing for more uses allows you to save money, reduce waste, and be more intentional with future purchases!
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Backpacking with Emily Ford

April 23, 2021

This winter, Emily Ford hiked approximately 1,200 miles through Wisconsin’s Ice Age National Scenic Hiking Trail (IAT).