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Resources for Voters: Making Voting Easier

November 3, 2014MadelineGeneral, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off

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Tomorrow is election day, when we’ll be choosing the Minnesota Governor, federal Senators and Congresspeople, and our state legislature. So whichever candidates you believe have our best interests in mind, be sure to cast your vote.

And remember, even if you haven’t registered yet, you can register at the polls tomorrow.

To find your polling place and answer other logistical questions, visit this webpage provided by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Public transit is free all day, and you may be able to secure a sponsored free ride to the polls.

Information for voters without a Minnesota driver’s license is available here. Just bring another photo ID plus plus a bill (utility, cable, etc.) with your name and address on it, or another registered voter who can vouch for you.

If you live in Minneapolis but aren’t sure who you’ll vote for, check out this voter information packet provided by the League of Women Voters.

Voting is both a right and a civic obligation, so please help ensure the best government possible for Minnesota and the nation.



Image credit: Alan Cleaver

Apply now for paid National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Internships

Three times a year, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition offers paid, full-time internships in its Policy and Grassroots departments.

NSAC is currently seeking a Policy Intern for the winter and spring, beginning in mid-January 2015 and ending in May 2015.  This position is full time and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. Find the full description here: NSAC Policy Internship

NSAC is currently seeking a Grassroots Intern for the winter and spring, beginning in mid-January 2015 and ending in May 2015. This position is paid, full time, and is located at NSAC’s DC office on Capitol Hill. Find the full description here: NSAC Grassroots Internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 3, 2014.

Student Unions Coca-Cola Grant Helps Send Six Students to AASHE

October 25, 2014MadelineGeneral, Graduate News, Undergraduate NewsComments Off

Six UMTC students will be attending the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Portland, the largest conference of its kind in the world. The conference will run this Sunday through Tuesday and allow students, faculty, and other university staff from around the United States and beyond to exchange ideas and experiences on bringing sustainability to campuses, communities, and the world.

Our campus could not have been this well-represented without the help of a grant from the Coca-Cola Company through Student Unions and Activities.

Stay tuned for more stories, and keep up on Twitter for photos and updates on this enormous, diverse conference!

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Growing Cities Film Screening

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It’s a crisp October afternoon on campus, where fall semester is in full swing. Amidst the bustle of students walking to class, you sit at a table on Northrop mall, downtrodden. You’re thinking back to spring semester 2013, when you attended an installment of the Sustainability Education department’s annual film series. Those times were so good, learning about sustainable living and development with like-minded peers, eating popcorn donated by Wise Acre Eatery. But spring 2014 is so far away and you don’t know how you’re going to make it until then. You go in for full nostalgia and start perusing the posts on “What’s this?” you think, as you see a post titled “Growing Cities Film Screening.” Your eyes light up and you skip to class, giddy for October 24th.

That’s right, folks! The Sustainability Education department here at the University of Minnesota is proud to announce a film screening of Growing Cities, a film about urban farming in America. Preceding the film, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Urban Ventures and Gardening Matters. These Minneapolis organizations focus on combating urban poverty and supporting urban community gardens, respectively. This topical panel discussion will take place at 7:00pm on National Food Day (Friday, October 24th) nestled in the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus at the Bell Museum, with the film screening following at 7:45.

This event is sponsored by the Sustainability Education department in partnership with the following UMN student groups: Students for Sustainability, U Students Like Good Food, and the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (CFANs) Ambassadors. These students groups work year-round to promote an informed and active student body, and we’re excited to bring this event to fruition with them!

Tell your friends, tell your professors, tell the person sitting next to you on the campus connector all about it because this event is free and open to the public! The free Wise Acre Eatery popcorn will also make a return appearance while supplies last. Now stop pouting about our annual film series being so far away and get excited for Food Day 2014!

IonE Undergrad Sustainability Leaders Program

September 24, 2014Kate FlickResources, Undergraduate NewsComments Off


What’s your passion?  What’s your sustainability vision?  How can your vision be fused with others to help create a more sustainable future?

The Undergraduate Sustainability Leaders’ Program is a leadership accelerator within the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The Leaders Program develops emerging undergraduate leaders into real world change makers committed to solutions-focused leadership.  Our goal is to grow a cohort of students who are committed to becoming the next generation of community, regional, and world leaders.  We encourage holistic thinking and respect the diverse skills and perspectives each leader brings to the table.

The ideal Institute on the Environment Leader candidate has impactful environmental and/or social leadership experience, shows a passion for environmental and social change, and has a strong academic track record.  All undergraduate majors are open to apply.

2014-2015 Focus themes: equity and reciprocity

  • How can we use lenses of equity, reciprocity, justice, and diversity to define and think about sustainability?
  • How can we bring together science, creativity, art, healing practices, and diverse ways of knowing in communication to make sustainability more interdisciplinary and inclusive?
  • How do these versions of sustainability fit into the big picture governance and policy frameworks?

 Timeline and Flow:

Starting in November, 2014, the Leaders Program will open with a day-long introduction and workshop, and continue with experiential learning through the academic year.  As a final action project this year, we will have an opportunity to shape a student component of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) National Conference 2015 that will be hosted in Minneapolis, MN.  Let your voice be heard in this planning and sustainability’s future at one of the largest sustainability conferences in the nation.

 Cohort Learning and Action

  • Kick Off Workshop (ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED): November 8, 2014
  • Create change agent alumni piece for Sustainability Education website
  • Sustainability Symposium (Leaders present creative work): Spring 2014
  • Participate in Earth Day (April 22)
  • Present 1 of 4 Sustainability Film Series Films
  • Work towards AASHE Minneapolis 2015 Student Action Plan

Amp up your sustainability know-how by participating in

  • Once-a-month Leaders meeting/field trip (First Thursday of every month)
  • Food Day (October 24th, 2014)
  • At least 1 Frontier in the Environment Lecture Series (Wednesday @ 12)
  • Sustainability Film Series Events
  • Student Engagement Leadership Forum (SELF) Sustain (Spring 2015)
  • May Celebration at Eric Sannerud Family Farm, Sandbox (Ham Lake)


The application period for the 2014-2015 Leaders Program is now closed.  Check back early next fall if you are interesting in applying next year!

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.