Students interested in helping the University of Minnesota move forward in sustainability next year should apply to be on the Twin Cities and/or Systemwide Sustainability Committee. These committees allow students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests to work on projects involving stormwater and grounds management, transportation, food, energy, communications, and other areas.
The Twin Cities committee focuses on operational, teaching and research objectives and is a great place for students interested in operational programs and implementation. Meanwhile the Systemwide committee is a better fit for students interested in planning, governance, and policy. Members of the Systemwide committee find ways to make connections across all University of Minnesota campuses and consolidate annual campus reports into an annual sustainability report for the President and Regents.
The Twin Cities committee requires approximately two to three hours per month while the Systemwide Committee requires two to four hours each quarter. Becoming active on a task team will increase these expectations. Accepted students commit to one to two years of service.
To apply, email the following to Amy Short, Sustainability Director (email@example.com) before Tuesday, May 28:
1. Your name, major, minor, focus and planned graduation date (You must be a U of M student.)
2. A brief paragraph describing your interests
3. Indicate which committee(s) you are interested in
4. Attach a resume if available (not required)
Going home for the summer? This is your chance to share simple sustainable practices with family and friends. Here are some little changes anyone can make that will really add up.
Close your blinds when you’re not in the room. Letting the sun heat up an empty room while your air conditioner is running can be an enormous waste of electricity. So close the blinds when you leave– it’s even better than turning off the lights.
Wash your clothes in cold water. This can cut your washing machine’s energy consumption by 85 percent.
Use a drying rack or clothesline instead of a dryer. It will reduce your gas consumption and make your clothes last longer.
Use drought-tolerant plants in your garden. You’ll hardly need to water them at all.
Use a refillable water bottle. Whether you’re working out, gardening, or traveling, refillable water bottles save money, plastic, and energy.
Visit a farmers’ market. Get fresh produce at great prices while reducing your food miles and supporting local farmers.
You wouldn’t go grocery shopping with a blindfold on, would you? Many of us want to know where our food at the U comes from. The student group “U Students Like Good Food” has been working with University Dining Services over the past year to figure out how the U can source more local, sustainable, fair, and humane food.
Join U Students Like Good Food this Tuesday for a panel discussion on food at the U now and in the future, and what we’d like to see. Panelists include:
- Karen DeVet, Director of Dining
- Scott Pampuch, Chef and Sustainable Foods Activist
- Valentine Cadieux, Assistant Professor of Geography
- Naomi Scheman, Professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
- Eric Larsen, Stones Throw Urban Farmer
- Evelina Knodel, Officer of U Students Like Good Food
The Sustainability Education team is looking to put together a group of students who are already involved in, or are looking to become involved in sustainability on campus. The Students for Sustainability group will meet throughout the semester to discuss various items surrounding sustainability at the University, including: events, courses, curriculum, initiatives, the Sustainability Education team, and any other items that you would like to discuss! We will also be planning fun events and field trips within the realm of sustainability! To be a part of this exciting new group on campus, please fill out the following form with your information and we will be in contact with you!
For additional information and other inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus will host students and youth from across Minnesota at the Next Generation Environmental Congress. The Congress participants will influence the future of Minnesota’s environment, gain recognition as young leaders and broaden their networks.
The Next Generation Environmental Congress is a collaboration of Minnesota Youth Environmental Network (MNYEN), statewide MPIRG and the Youth Environmental Advocates – Minnesota (YEA! MN), affiliated with the Will Steger Foundation. It will be followed on Monday, February 25, by a youth lobby day at the Capitol.
The Next Generation Environmental Congress will provide youth with direct influence on the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board’s (EQB) Environmental Congress, which will be held March 15th. The EQB is a “super-agency” of all state environment agencies and the Environmental Congress is intended to be a conference of organizations, agency leads, and policymakers in order to provide the Governor with several succinct policy recommendations.
The Next Generation Environmental Congress aim is to find a unifying voice of the “next generation” of Minnesota leaders and provide the EQB with a vision for the environment they will inherit.
Although hosted by the St. Paul Campus, the Next Generation Environmental Congress is not a program of nor are the views expressed endorsed by the Sustainability Studies Minor, the University of Minnesota or the EQB.