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Sustainability

It all adds up.

We join the rest of campus in a firm commitment to doing what we can to conserve water and resources, as well as promoting recycling and green living in our residential communities. The University is working toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In 2019, 41% of our electricity came from renewable sources, and our emissions have been reduced 37% since 2011, but there's still work to be done.

Turn off the lights, use recycling and compost bins in your building or dining hall, and keep your reusable water bottle and food containers on hand. Our collective decisions to change the little things, get us one step closer to conserving our natural resources and ensuring a healthier, more equal, and sustainable life for all.

In on-campus housing, we have taken many steps in the right direction including recycling programs, low-flow toilets and showers, water and energy-saving laundry facilities, and recycled material in hall offices. Read more in the accordion below.

Get Involved

Sustainability Advocates

Apply to be a volunteer advocate and become a zero-waste expert for your residence hall or apartment! Gain hands-on sustainability leadership experience educating peers on sustainable practices, plan (socially distanced) zero waste community events, and more.

Environment House

Join a Living Learning Community such as Environment House in Bailey Hall to connect and build relationships with students who share the same passion for the health and wellbeing of our natural world.

UMN Sustainability

On-campus and in our community, there are many ways to make active decisions about the choices you make in your daily life and to raise awareness for sustainability with friends and family!

Get Started

A student walks in front of the entrance to Pioneer Hall

Did you know?

Another way campus aims to decrease carbon emissions is by building and renovating better facilities—saving on energy consumption and increasing indoor air quality.

The recent renovation of Pioneer Hall included occupancy sensors in common areas, programmable thermostats in rooms, LED lighting, specialized windows, Energy Star-rated appliances, and a heat recovery system. There's even a 5-million-gallon rainwater capture system (shared with the health sciences building) that cleanses runoff water before returning it to the Mississippi River.