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UMD Energy Action Plan

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UMD is a signatory of the Climate Leadership Commitment since 2008. To put action behind the words of that commitment, the UMD Sustainability Committee led the creation of an Energy Action Plan.  

UMD aims for a 25% reduction in emissions by 2020, with a carbon neutrality target date of 2050.

Initial priorities through 2020:

  • Energy efficiency upgrades and energy conservation strategies in buildings
  • Transportation changes and encouraging energy-saving campus commuting behaviors

To reach carbon neutrality by 2050:

  • Major changes in energy purchasing and fuel sources
  • Purchasing carbon offsets to account for all remaining greenhouse gas emissions 

Faculty expertise, academic research, and student involvement will be instrumental in implementing the UMD Energy Action Plan. The largest lever of influence that the UMD campus has is educating future generations of problem-solvers. In addition, as part of a land grant university, the University of Minnesota is dedicated to the community it serves.

Campus and community engagement action steps include:

  • Identifying and cataloging courses with a sustainability focus
  • Initiating campus conversations on climate change (through seminar series)
  • Continuing to focus on co-curricular and everyday campus experiences that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability 
  • Partnering to engage in research issues around energy, sustainability, and climate change 
  • Increase connections to existing resources to better communicate research results related to energy and water 

Click HERE for UMD’s Energy Action Plan, published June 2011.