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” 2013
— Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges (2012)
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 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.
To produce their guide, Princeton Review partnered with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a national nonprofit organization best-known for developing the LEED green building certification program. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012 to tally its “Green Ratings” (scores from 60 to 99) it reports in school profiles in its annual college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The rating provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.
Specifically, the Green Rating includes:
- Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable.
- 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.
- How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.
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.