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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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Opportunity to Lead!

July 11, 2019

Are you the next UMD Student Association Sustainability Director? 
Intern Juliana Epstein stands next to chart showing LSBE waste sorting percentages of proper disposal -- based on observations of disposal behavior

LSBE Pilot Project Results: Classroom Bin Removal

May 7, 2019

Classrooms without trash bins. What happened? 
Ed Kruse, Nick Blotti, Dave Herrera, and Julie Etterson

2019 Sustainability Inspiration Awards

April 29, 2019

Recognizing outstanding leadership in integrating sustainability into campus life. 
Portrait of Dr. Julie Etterson in Swenson Greenhouse

Talking Climate Change in Duluth with Dr. Julie Etterson

March 27, 2019

Leading by example through sustainable living and climate change action.