The iconic turkey dinner at Thanksgiving. The classic birthday cake. A warm bowl of chicken noodle soup when you’re under the weather. These are just some of the ways great food has come to symbolize the many events of our lives. But for many peoples across Minnesota, America, and the world, food does not have these luxurious attachments. Every day, over half a million people in Minnesota are unsure when or where they will have their next meal. That’s where Food Day comes in.
Food Day is a national initiative that was created in 2010 in response animal cruelty and the growing number of people affected by obesity, diabetes, heart disease, environmental degradation, and unfair working conditions. Food Day prompts Americans to look at these problems and their relation to food in order to inspire solution-driven action. Specifically considering the recent deepening of socioeconomic gaps, Food Day 2014 will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers.
You are invited to this year’s Food Day UMN-TC event on October 24th at the University Recreation and Wellness Center. An artfully blended vinaigrette of education, advocacy, and free samples, UMN’s Food Day is a great opportunity to learn about delicious local food options and the privilege that is often required to have access to many of them.
This April 11 and 12, the Institute on the Environment and University Services will host students from across the University system for the Student Engaged Leadership Forum (SELF) Sustain conference, a two-day summit for students of all disciplines to network and discuss sustainability and campus development. We are looking for students engaged in sustainability through clubs, internships, coursework, organizations, or research who aim to make meaningful contributions to sustainability in the future.
The conference will take place at the Twin Cities campus from 12:00 pm on Friday, April 11 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 12. After a visit to the Sustainability Symposium, students will be paired up to exchange ideas on campus sustainability, have dinner, and spend the evening exploring the Bell Museum of Natural History. On Saturday students will engage in roundtable discussions, prepare presentations on their own involvement in sustainability, and have time to network and continue their conversations on sustainability. To learn more about this experience and how it may impact your future as a sustainability leader, check out the recap from the 2012 SELF Sustain.
Accommodations for non-Twin Cities students will be provided at the University Inn.
Fill out this form to apply!
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact:
Beth Mercer-Taylor: 612-624-9430
In spring of 2013, Sustainability Education provided the opportunity for students across the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities to form a student group dedicated to promoting sustainability on campus and connecting students from a variety of fields to sustainability events. This summer the student officers of Students for Sustainability, or “SFORS” (pronounced “S-Force”), thought about how to engage UMN students before settling on their mission statement: “We are a student group aimed at providing leadership opportunities to University Students interested in becoming involved with sustainable events and programs on campus and in the surrounding Twin Cities communities.” They plan to live out this purpose by collaborating with students of a variety of interests through sustainable farm tours, zero waste events, Earth Day functions, and other activities.
Their first step was to communicate with students about both environmental concerns on campus and opportunities for them to be leaders in solving these problems. The first event they were involved in was the “Sustainability Action!” Welcome Week event, at which the officers asked hundreds of incoming freshman about the issues and activities they would want to become involved in. Answers varied from tailgating at football games with compost bins to allying with other initiatives like the Children’s Water Festivals and Students Against Hunger. Later on September 20th, SFORS participated in Minneapolis’s (Park)ing Day to engage with students as well as the Twin Cities community. The officers are continuously seeking local events to take part in, and we have already taken part in Minnesota We Day, TCF Gameday recycling initiatives, and the Power Shift student energy conference in Pittsburgh. They have also teamed with Congressman Keith Ellison’s office to help host a citywide climate rally taking place on Wednesday, November 6th. They are enjoying a successful first year and hope you join them in making a more sustainable University of Minnesota!
SforS is open to students with a variety of interests and experiences. If you would like to become involved, below are a few ways to reach us:
Meetings are held every-other Wednesday with the next general meeting occurring on October 30th at 6:30 pm in STSS 330. Come and join!
A new Student Environmental Art Exhibit opening this January will provide a forum for students and alumni to showcase creative perspectives on the environment through photography, painting, drawing, and more. It will be run entirely by students including one exhibit curator and a submission review board. All students are invited to submit artwork and apply for one of these positions.
Artwork must be submitted framed and ready to hang by Monday, November 25 to be featured during Spring 2014.
Students interested in becoming a curator or serving on the review board should apply soon. The curator will manage logistics of the exhibit including soliciting submissions twice a year and communicating with artists. The student review board will meet twice a year to vote on submissions.
For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Carli Ewert at email@example.com.
Sign up to intern in sustainability – a few openings remain for fall 2013.
For-credit sustainability internship opportunities still open for students interested in greening cities, urban agriculture, campus-based sustainability, or projects with non-profits in renewable energy, recycling, farming, education or environmental justice. In addition to internship hours, class meets once a week Thursdays at 4:40 p.m. in Science, Technology and Student Services building on the Mississippi River. Students from any major.
Sust 4096 Sustainability Internship, 2-4 credits
Prerequisite: Familiarity with sustainability concepts through academic work or other experiences
Description: Four to ten hour per week internship experience related to a sustainability theme or approach, such as sustainable foods, green building, renewable energy or environmental justice. Intern in a nonprofit, governmental, educational or business organization, from choices provided or approved by instructor.
Classroom component: Class meetings weekly 4:40 P.M. – 05:30 P.M., Th (09/03/2013 – 12/11/2013), STSS 114
Instructor: Dave Wanberg, Architect, Landscape Architect and Instructor in Sustainability Studies Minor