The sustainability policy adopted by UMinho is defined in the Strategic Plan of UMinho 2020. It contains the administration, management, operational management, educational activity, research activities, the dissemination of its performance and its impact which is based on a holistic vision. This vision is a fundamental element to assure the quality levels of life in the campi, among the Academic and the surrounding communities.
 
Educational Activity: increasing concern and responsibility in matters related to Sustainability challenges, give the students profound knowledge and a cross-cutting set of tools in their field of studies that allow them to put Sustainability in action, by inducing new behaviours, inside and outside the campi which also influencing the surrounding community.
 
Research activities: Physical and administrative structures allow the development of inter and multi-disciplinary teams in the fields of action of UMinho. These enable the search and discovery of new solutions for global challenges which can be demonstrated in the campi, as often as possible.
 
Administration, management and operation: put sustainability challenges into action in different activities, with a balanced use of available resources. This creates a natural environmental balance and increases comfort levels in th​e physical spaces which contribute to a new development paradigm.
 
Sustainable performance: UMinho's performances in the Environmental, Social, Economic and Cultural dimensions are disseminated, on a regular basis, according to the best international practices. This communication should also be a tool for communicating strategy and the paths taken, and as an instrument for demonstrating and inducing new behaviours, as well as for promoting new partnerships with other institutions that share the same view as UMinho's.