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The Mission of Sustainable NMU

  • To promote environmental awareness and responsibility in personal and institutional choices
  • To inspire innovative sustainable solutions, behavioral changes, and environmental ethics
  • To educate students, faculty, staff, and the community about current sustainability initiatives on our campus


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NMU Sustainability Rating

Northern Michigan University's STARS rating, determined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as a measure of universities' performance related to sustainability, advanced to silver in 2020. The rating system factors in academics and research, operations, administration/planning and engagement.

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Kyler Philips

"Being able to use my communication and digital marketing skills to help promote sustainability on campus and in the Marquette community has been a very enlightening and fulfilling experience."

Kyler Phillips

Marketing Major

Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have questions, would like to learn more, or have an idea to share.

  • General sustainability - Sarah Mittlefehldt, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability,
  • Energy-related - Kathy Richards, Associate VP Engineering/Planning/Facilities,
  • Recycling-related - Brandon Sager, Assistant Director-Facilities,  
  • Food-related - Paul Schoonveld, Director of Dining Services

Other Sustainability Initiatives on Campus