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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.


Students and staff standing with the sorted trash

The NRRI Waste Audit: What We’ve Learned About our Trash

September 16, 2016

During the summer of 2016, the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) sustainability program Sustainability@NRRI conducted...

Remodeled VenDen Goes Green

June 1, 2016

The VenDen underwent major remodeling this past year.

UMD Library Recommissioning

August 6, 2014

The University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library uses about $144,080 worth of electricity per year, and much of that...