The University of Minnesota, Morris, nationally recognized for collegiate involvement since its earliest days, is a leader in sustainability initiatives. Here are a few of the recent accomplishments and activities of the Morris campus community.
- Welcome Center receives 2011 Minnesota Construction Association Award
- American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (AC&UPCC) charter member and signatory;
- U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency competitive Green Power Leadership Club member;
- founding member of the Higher Education Steering Committee (HEC) of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE);
- only higher education institution to be part of creating the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and ServeMinnesota’s Minnesota GreenCorps program;
- charter member of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and its Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS);
- U.S. Senate panel invites Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson to speak at climate change hearing
- one of only five institutions chosen by Apple, Inc. and the American College and University President's Climate to provide a student-produced video showcasing the campus’s commitment to climate change;
- Morris administrators invited to the AAC&U annual meeting on the topic of green learning environments;
- campus received the first ACORE Campus Excellence Award for outstanding use of renewable energy;
- hosted the inaugural Home Grown Economy conference sponsored by Congressman Collin Peterson;
- appeared in the Sustainability Smarts “Best Practices Guide” for colleges
- Rocky Mountain Institute chooses Morris, and 11 other colleges, for sustainability site visit;
- campus faculty, staff, and students presented at the inaugural Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability;
The University of Minnesota, Morris’s vision for the future is to achieve carbon neutrality and energy self sufficiency. The campus plans to achieve this through steps outlined in its climate action plan, submitted to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in September 2009.