The University of Minnesota is committed to incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the institution and we are leading the way through our teaching, research, and outreach and the operations that support them.


Sustainability goals as outlined in the University of Minnesota's systemwide strategic plan, MPact 2025:

  • Build a fully sustainable future.

  • Demonstrate state and worldwide leadership in sustainability and environmental teaching, research, and convening power.

  • Develop system leadership and governance coordination for sustainability initiatives.

  • Establish next-generation systemwide Climate Action Plan for 2030.

Latest Sustainability News

Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). Learn More:

Storm drains fulfill an important purpose but can harm water quality because the water they collect, and all the pollutants it carries, goes untreated into the Mississippi and other local water bodies. Too many leaves or debris around/entering the storm drain causes excess nutrients, sediments, and pollutants to enter the river. Learn more!


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Net Total Emissions

Percent of Waste Recovered

UMN Twin Cities Campus Water Consumption by Year

Total Yearly Campus Electricity Consumption (mWh)