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Sustainability Education

Job Opening: Sustainability Fellow at College of St. Benedict

February 19, 2015MadelineGeneral, Undergraduate NewsComments Off


The Department of Sustainability and the College of Saint Benedict invite applications for a full-time, 2 year position of Sustainability Fellow. This position is responsible for assisting the College of St. Benedict Office of Sustainability in its charge to advance campus sustainability goals. Goals include implementing the Sustainability Master Plan to instill sustainability into the seven identified priority areas and to bring CSB to carbon-neutrality by 2035. This includes implementing the requirements to support CSB’s commitment to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The Fellow will report to the Director of Sustainability.

This position also exists to provide a job-based learning opportunity for a recent college graduate interested in a career in campus or corporate sustainability. The position provides for advanced development of sustainability knowledge, development and application of analytical and organizational skills related to sustainability, and hands-on experience working with multiple stakeholders in a complex operating environment. Opportunities for collaboration with faculty, staff, and students will be provided, as will support for professional development both on and off campus. Development of at least one sustainability-related project of choice is encouraged and expected.


  • Support the work to implement ACUPCC including conducting research, preparing reports, and developing programs for education of the community.

    Support the work to advance the Sustainability Master Plan goals and objectives.

  • Update and maintain the greenhouse gas inventory and STARS audit.
  • Oversee Stash It, Don’t Trash It, The Big Sale, the fall Week of Sustainability and the spring energy challenge.
  • Maintain budgets, equipment, and records necessary to ensure ongoing support for sustainability.
  • Seek out grant funding for sustainability-related projects and work to apply for those grants.
  • Serve as a resource for campus offices and individuals.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with staff, faculty, students, monastics, visitors and beyond the campus to provide opportunities for education, volunteering and research on campus sustainability.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Seniors graduating Spring 2015 will be considered.

    Enthusiasm for and experience with sustainability and a willingness to share knowledge with diverse groups.

  • Basic understanding of the 3 pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, equality).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Desire to increase skills and knowledge of campus sustainability through on the job training, individual study, classes, workshops and other means.
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple projects simultaneously without daily supervision.
  • Computer knowledge and ability/willingness to remain current with software including web page updates.
  • Familiarity with program implementation, greenhouse gas inventory audits and grant writing is desirable.


A complete application includes completion of the application form and submission of a resume and cover letter.

Deadline Extended: Present at the UMACS Conference in Bemidji


Submit a presentation idea to the UMACS conference! Scheduled for June 17-19 in Bemidji, UMACS is a biannual conference drawing campus sustainability leaders, including many students, from around the Upper Midwest. It’s a great place for students, faculty, and staff to network and exchange ideas.

Presentations may include a poster, a 30-minute talk, a workshop, or something else. Presenters may work individually or in a group.

Abstract submission (New deadline: February 20)

Apply now to present at national sustainability conference in Minneapolis in October 2015

Minneapolis Convention Center

If sustainability inspires your work, you’re invited to submit your proposal to present at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 10th anniversary conference in Minneapolis by Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

This year presents an incredible opportunity for University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students and community partners who are involved in sustainability research, initiatives or activity that is transforming sustainability in higher education and beyond. AASHE is accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for “Transforming Sustainability Education,” its 2015 Conference & Expo Oct. 25–28:

● Case Study ● Panel Discussion ● Think Tank ● Round Table Session ● Poster ● Student-Summit Workshop ● Pre- or Post-Conference Workshop ● Art Installation ● Interactive Art Installation ● Live Performance ● Film or Documentary ● Networking Meeting

The University of Minnesota is a sponsor of the event, and the Institute on the Environment’s Sustainability Education program is convening the planning committee in collaboration with Macalester College.

For more information and to submit a proposal, go to

Proposals are being accepted until 11:59 pm ET Monday, March 2.


Photo Credit: Minneapolis Convention Center

A Retreat on the Prairie: Student Engagement and Leadership Forum for Sustainability

February 4, 2015Kate FlickEvents, Undergraduate NewsComments Off
13822789874_9f52afa5cf_hPrairie wilderness, campfire, and sustainability.  If those words sound good to you, sign up for this amazing adventure for students interested in sustainability. We offer a free opportunity for UMN-Twin Cities to embark on an awesome retreat with other students and sustainability professionals from all UMN campuses on April 24-25.
We are going to get pumped about sustainability at the 4th Annual Student Engagement and Leadership Forum for Sustainability.  It is a 2-day student-created event aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences to build a network between people looking to change the world.UMN-Crookston will be hosting this year.  It’s a great opportunity to check out that part of the state and get out of dodge.Oh, and there’s prairie chickens.It is free and transportation is provided, but there is an application process.  Applications are due February 20th.  We will get back to you by Feb. 27th.Check out the fun from last year.

Sustainability Film Series: Green Gold

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The Sustainability Film Series returns with a screening of Green Gold, an uplifting depiction of environmental and agricultural restoration around the world. The film will begin with in an interactive place-based art experience at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 5 at the Bell Museum followed by tasty snacks from UDS!

The story begins on China’s Loess Plateau, once a thriving cradle of Chinese civilization, now an impoverished desert. But permaculturists still see its potential, and are working to restore the fertility and well-being of the people who live there. The filmmakers also venture to degraded regions of Jordan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Bolivia uncovering the varied techniques for these diverse countries.

Green Gold proves real environmental solutions exist and restoration is possible. The event will close with a brief guided discussion of permaculture’s potential for the developing world and our own community.

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The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.