• Middle Brook Hall 8 Team PhotoClaire Warren and Seth Wester's floor dominated the U's residence hall sustainability competition this fall. Details >>>
  • Game Day Recycling ChallengeFrom September through November, the University of Minnesota competed with more than 85 universities across the country to reduce waste during football game days. Details >>>
  • Campus Becomes Living LaboratoryThe Twin Cities Sustainability Committee is now reviewing proposals to utilize space on campus as a living laboratory, making our campus grounds a medium for innovation, testing, demonstration, and learning. Details >>>
  • Mike Berthelsen and Fred Clayton reveal the new ENERGY STAR plaque in Burtion HallBurton Hall, Wulling Hall, the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building and Roy Wilkins Hall have been named ENERGY STAR buildings, bringing the institutional total to seven. Details >>>
  • MN Daily: U to save energy in parking structuresParking and Transportation Services has installed high-efficiency lighting in three campus parking ramps as part of a two-year conversion. The project will significantly reduce long-term energy use and costs. Read MN Daily article >>>
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The University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy: Sustainability and Energy Efficiency identifies the importance of the university community taking collective action to become a more sustainable organization. It calls for the incorporation of sustainability into research, teaching, and outreach, and the operations that support them.


It All Adds Up is the U's sustainability campaign. Designed to enlist the university community's help in making campus more sustainable, It All Adds Up encourages individual and collective actions to reduce our environmental impact, conserve resources and demonstrate sustainable practices.

Making the U Work, Sustainably

University Services creates and sustains a physical environment and service culture that advances teaching, research and outreach at the University of Minnesota. The department’s work encompasses the critical infrastructure and services needed to support the university’s mission and overall academic plan. More than 3,000 U Services employees support six major functions that are critical to the day-to-day operation of all University of Minnesota campuses, including Auxiliary Services, Capital Planning & Project Management, Facilities Management, Public Safety, University Health & Safety and Management Services.


U Services units ensure sustainability is integrated into business practices, providing an example for the rest of the university community. For example:

• Capital Planning & Project Management includes debris recycling in construction contracts.

• University Dining Services composts to reduce waste.

• Facilities Management and Housing & Residential Life purchase “green cleaners.”

• Parking & Transportation Services supports sustainable transportation options.

The U Services sustainability director and coordinator help lead and coordinate sustainability initiatives both in the Twin Cities and system-wide. It All Adds Up serves as a vital link connecting this sustainability work to the broader campus community.


In 2011, the Sustainable Endowments Initiative graded the University’s sustainability initiative efforts with straight "A's" — one of three schools across the nation to receive the honor.

Live Green Games

Help the U become Big Ten residence hall energy champions the spring. Details >>>