Want to be a part of creating a bright green future?Here's all you need to know about our campus and our city to help you make truly sustainable choices.
On my campus
The University of Minnesota's Sustainability Office has 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including responsible consumption and clean energy. UMN has an external advisory board to audit and ensure the University is environmentally friendly. Students can also get involved with monitoring UMN's sustainability by taking the campus sustainability walk!
My city and state
Minnesota has a few sustainability-focused goals. The first is the Next Generation Energy Act, which requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025 and 80% by 2050. You can monitor the progress of this goal through the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Report. The second is the Climate Action Framework, which aims to strengthen the economy, improve our health, and create a more equitable Minnesota through a focus on clean energy and other forms of sustainability.
What can I do?
The task of tackling climate change can at times seem overwhelming, but it is important that we remain hopeful as we navigate the challenges ahead. The world is full of positive stories that highlight how our creativity, solidarity, and engagement can help change mindsets and move environmental policies forwards. There is power in numbers and successes matter at all levels: whether it is something as big as your university divesting from fossil fuels, or as small as you turning down plastic bags at the grocery store, celebrate them all!