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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Bronze

STARS v2.1

University of Montana

Missoula, MT, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Bronze 41.99 Eva Rocke June 30, 2017 Download
The University of Montana has several outstanding educational programs addressing sustainability. The Climate Change Studies minor is one of the first of its kind in the nation offered to all students. The recently approved Sustainable ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 3.32 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 0.45 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 2.40 / 4.00
One of UM's most notable sustainability-related researchers is Nobel Laureate Dr. Steve Running. Dr Running won the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Al Gore, for his work as lead author for the 4th Assessment ... read more
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 3.71 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 0.00 / 2.00
The University of Montana's strongest reporting areas in STARS are related to co-curricular education and engagement. Our beautiful natural surroundings, strong sense of community, and nationally-recognized academic programs that support sustainability literacy contribute to ... read more
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 0.24 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.00 / 2.00
UM is very involved in community service, public engagement, and partnerships. The recently developed Missoula Area Sustainability Collaborative is a partnership between UM, the City of Missoula, USDA Forest Service, and the public school system ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 3.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 1.61 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 0.67 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
UM has accomplished real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions according to our 2014/2015 GHG emissions inventory. Our first interim reduction goal was to reduce emissions 10% below our 2007 baseline levels. We met our ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 4.27 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00

UM is improving the sustainability performance of buildings by retaining a full-time Energy Manager, inplementing real-time energy metering, completing energy efficiency retrofits, and requiring all new buidlings be LEED certified.

Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.88 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.75 / 3.00
UM is reducing its energy consumption through efficiency and conservation as well as investigating sources of renewable energy. UM has utilized efficient groundwater cooling for many years. With renewed focus on energy use, further reductions ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 5.46 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.00 / 4.00
UM's Dining Services has a nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable food system. Farm to College sources food locally and was initiated by students. This innovative program has been used as a model for universities across ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing In Progress 0.00 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining In Progress 0.00 / 2.00

The University of Montana maintains its grounds with sustainability in mind as much as possible. Crews have reduced the amount of fertilizer and water used and conserve resources whenever they can.

Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.03 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00

UM has a campus-wide Green Cleaning policy that encourages innovation by custodial staff.

Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.25 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.61 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00

The Associated Students of the University of Montana operate the outstanding Office of Transportation that provides free bus rides to students, rental bikes, community connections, and incentives.

Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.17 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.26 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.04 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 1.60 / 2.00
UM is reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting its waste and has goals to increase the rate of diversion. Students fund the campus recycling program and work to improve recycling on campus and in the community. read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 1.98 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.91 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use In Progress 0.00 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 0.50 / 2.00

Sustainability is one of four core values in UM's strategic plan, pointing to a high level commitment. UM also has had a formally adopted Climate Action Plan since 2010.

Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning In Progress 0.00 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 1.50 / 3.00

Diversity, another core value expressed in the University's strategic plan, is an area where UM shines. Achieving almost all credits available in STARS shows the campus commitment to environmental and social justice.

Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.67 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity In Progress 0.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.01 / 4.00

The University of Montana has limited involvement in investment decisions that promote sustainability. That could soon change with efforts to advocate for the divestment in fossil fuels.

Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Started 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
UM has incorporated sustainability in many of its human resouces programs. After learning about STARS, staff included sustainability in staff development and new employee orientation. Individual initiative such as this is what makes a big ... read more
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 2.10 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction In Progress 0.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.