- The university is working on creating a formal sustainability plan.
- The school signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in June 2007.
- A sustainability committee addresses environmental, economic, and social responsibility issues.
- The university has adopted an Energy Star purchasing policy.
- All new construction and major renovations will meet or exceed LEED Silver standards and will be energy-efficient.
- The Library and Learning Center, currently in the planning phase, will meet LEED standards.
- Energy-efficient lights have been installed in parking lots. Motion sensors shut off these lights automatically.
- Solar tube windows are used for passive daytime lighting.
- Variable speed drives and energy management systems have been installed in campus buildings to reduce energy use and increase efficiency.
- Low-flow faucets have been installed in bathrooms, and buildings are metered individually for water.
- Weather-informed irrigation is used on the campus grounds.
- The university is planning to install a rainwater catchment system.
Climate Change & Energy
- The campus generates solar energy on campus for hot water and electricity.
- The university has also purchased wind power.
- UNMT is conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
- Campus computers have been set to save energy when not in use.
- The school newsletter contains tips to conserve electricity.
- The university recycles traditional materials including aluminum, glass, paper, and some plastics.
- Used printer cartridges are also recycled.
- The Green Technology Center teaches students about sustainability.
- Students can get involved with environmental issues by joining the Ecology Club.
- The university’s core curriculum includes a class on environmental science.
- The university provides free transportation to campus from a bus stop Park and Ride location, and it offers incentives to students and employees who ride the bus to campus.