UMD Sustainability

With 90% of UMD emissions coming from heating and power buildings on campus, UMD is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. All new construction projects from 2015 on have been designed to meet Minnesota’s B3 Sustainable Building Guidelines. With numerous buildings on campus being LEED certified, and a Energy Action Plan in place, UMD is working towards a more efficient campus.

To get the highest and most efficient performance out of all buildings on campus, a Building Systems and Controls team (BASC) monitors heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. By making improvements to classrooms to reduce energy consumption when they are not in use and identifying times when buildings can be put on essential heating only, UMD is making strides in reducing its carbon footprint.

Get involved

Now that you’ve learned more, the best way to create change is by getting involved! Donate your money or time, find support, and take action. Citizen climate action means a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Duluth!

Learn more about UMD’s current and completed sustainability projects.