The University of Maine at Farmington is committed to environmental stewardship and to graduating students who care about our environment.

As an educational institution, the University of Maine at Farmington has the opportunity to be a leader in promoting the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.

At UMF, students  learn about and understand sustainable environmental practices — making environmental benefits apparent to students, faculty, staff and the community. Environmental issues are studied throughout the curriculum.

In addition to educating our campus and the community, UMF demonstrates by its policies and practices that the institution is a good environmental steward. Sustainable practices are an integral part of the campus culture: in management and operations in building and renovating, in reducing pollution and waste, in using appropriate energy resources and materials, and in protecting and incorporating the native environment in campus spaces. UMF believes indoor and outdoor environments should be healthful and aesthetically pleasing.

“A Top Green College” 2014
— Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. It is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability.

Princeton Review evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. Specifically, the Princeton Review Green Rating considers:

  • Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable.
  • How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.
  • How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities.

A 2014-15 “50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College”
— Best Choice

The University of Maine at Farmington was named a 2014-15 “50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly College” by Best Choice, a noted college search website. It reviewed more than 300 universities across the U.S., and selected just 50 fifty it believes to be the very best eco-friendly schools under $25,000 a year. Best Choice Schools recognized UMF to be among a number of colleges that have proven themselves as dedicated to the idea of sustainable living.

Best Choice noted UMF’s two new LEED-certified campus buildings (Frances Allen Black Hall and Education Center). It also mentioned the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, a campus orgnization that initiates a number of projects to encourage campus sustainability. The website singled out one popular UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition project — its annual Recycled Sledding Contest, brings students together to create sleds out of recycled materials.

The Sustainable Campus Coalition

The Sustainable Campus Coalition is a coalition of students, faculty, staff and community members that promotes environmental sustainability on campus and in the area community. The organization started in 2001 with a focus on the green design of the UMF Education Center, which earned LEED green building certification.

The mission of the Sustainable Campus Coalition has broadened to include public education, collaborations with community organizations, municipalities and schools, assessment and mitigation planning associated with greenhouse gas emissions, improvement of recycling on campus, development of a campus organic garden and orchard, encouragement of local food and institutional composting, and reduction of automobile idling.

Goals of the Sustainable Campus Coalition:

  • To reduce the environmental impact of the campus
  • To educate ourselves, the campus, and the community about environmental sustainability in order to encourage everyone to reduce their impact
  • To promote collaboration, camaraderie and a bond among students, faculty, staff and the community
  • To have fun pursuing the first three goals.