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Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Dartmouth College (NH)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Leaders from a half-dozen U.S. academic institutions with dedicated sustainability programs share five recommendations, distilled from their own experiences, for universities seeking to improve their ability to both create ...


Organic Educational Opportunities at the University of Minnesota: The Role of a Student-run Organic Farm

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Although the number of students in conventional production agriculture is declining, there is increased interest and opportunity in growing organic fruits and vegetables. Land grant universities need to invest in ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Earth Day at the University of Minnesota

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

At the Earth Day fair, we hosted a free succulent planting for students that posted "5 sustainable selfies" with the hashtag #MySustainableU. The planters were donated from the ReUse program ...

  • Posted April 27, 2016
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Peer Pressure for Good: Behavior Change in Campus Sustainable Action Campaigns

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Want to engage your campus more effectively in sustainability campaigns? Join Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to learn how it leverages behavior change science to help Minnesotans take action on ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mapping Campus Connections: Using GIS Story Maps as part of Place-based, Art-led Environmental Education

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • River's Edge Academy (MN)
  • National Park Service (DC)

Place-based, art-led environmental education can engage students and community with the immediate world around them and help them make connections between local sustainability issues in a community and global context ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Educating Energy Professionals of the Future

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Xcel Energy

What's needed in our programs to educate future energy leaders? How will the gap of 50% of the utility workforce retiring in the next decade be filled? How can ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bike Commuting Counts! Rewarding Bicycle Transportation with ZAP

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Dero Bike Rack Co. (MN)

Traffic congestion, obesity, and environmental conservation are receiving critical attention both nationwide and globally. North American institutions of higher education are at the forefront of efforts to understand and ameliorate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Voices from Minnesota's Youth Climate Movement: Organizing at the Intersection of Climate Change & Social Justice

  • Grand Aspirations (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (MN)
  • Will Steger Foundation (MN)
  • Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MN)

This panel discussion will feature stories from 6 vibrant Minnesota youth organizations working at the intersection of climate change and social justice. Across the state, youth are leading campaigns and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Successes & challenges of a Community-University experiment in local food system development in Southeast Minnesota

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Highlighting cohort experiences & research outcomes of the Southeast MN Foodshed Planning Initiative (SEFPI), our panel will engage participants in a broader discussion about effective practices for community-university partnerships that ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Educating About Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecosystems of the World

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This panel discussion will (virtually) bring together instructors collaborating on a course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities titled 'Agroecosystems of the World.' The course evaluates agroecosystems in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Minting Gold; Creating a Gold-level Bicycle-Friendly University at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Nearly a third of greenhouse emissions are generated by the transportation sector. Oftentimes universities and colleges are one of the largest traffic generators in their communities. The cost of maintaining ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Identity Caucus: The Intersection of Sustainability and Identity

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

During this section attendees will split into different groups depending on the identity that most resonate with them. The discussion will focus on how the intersection of these identities correlates ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Art as Vital Agent in the Spiral of Sustainable Change

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

What is the role of art in the process of sustainable transformation and education? Recognizing that environmental issues, historically, have shaped the arts, we examine how the arts have shaped ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability in the Workplace: Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum of Human Resources and Industrial Relations

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Organizations throughout the world are shifting to sustainable practices. They recognize that their long-term success depends not only on their economic performance, but also on their social and environmental performance ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Experiential Learning: A Win-Win-Win for Higher Education, Communities, and Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • City of Saint Anthony Village (MN)

This panel discussion provides an inspiring and informative overview of how the University of Minnesota's capstone course in its sustainability minor program has successfully built an ongoing and collaborative ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Multiple Methods Approach to Exploring Conservation Decision Making on the Farm: From Theory to Application

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Balancing agricultural production and water resource protection is a major challenge across the U.S. In Minnesota, where both water and agriculture are fundamental to the state's heritage, modern ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Open-Ended Cases for Improving Farm Sustainability

  • Dordt College (IA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The method of open-ended cases is an ideal format for students when they are analyzing the sustainability of a farm. Students learn about several of methods used for analyzing an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Combined Heat and Power: Bridge to a Carbon Neutral Future

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Universities and colleges often use district energy systems to supply heat to campus buildings. Most of these systems are fossil fueled and comprise a significant percentage of an institution's ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing Sustainable or Resilient Initiatives: Drivers and considerations in the Midwest

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Universities are in a changing and interconnected landscape. Some of the key challenges they face are how to respond to new patterns of funding for higher education, issues of a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Greening Collegiate Sports: Facility Tour and Networking Event

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

Over the past decade, an increasing number of collegiate athletic and recreation departments have initiated or expanded sustainability programs. This workshop builds on this momentum, providing both green sports novices ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mapstories

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Mapstories, 2011, is a large, interactive, multimedia artist's book with moveable, layers of map and photo images under plastic film, mounted on a fabric-covered plywood base. Viewers/participants explore ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Using Green Chemistry to Introduce and Promote Sustainability in the Chemistry Curriculum and Profession

  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NY)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum (MN)
  • Beyond Benign (MA)

Through its guiding principles, green chemistry provides a means for introducing topics of sustainability, ethics, and human health and safety into chemistry and related STEM curricula. It is the science ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Solar Endowment: A PV Investment Roadmap for US Universities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (MO)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)

US colleges and universities are currently in a position to make substantial solar project investments on their campuses and associated properties. With the near nationwide adoption of the Prudent Management ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Plenary: Are we succeeding? 3 Approaches to Assessing Sustainability Education

  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • Oakland Community College (MI)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability educators need to measure the impact of their programs but find few widely accepted methodologies for doing so. Panelists will describe three very different approaches for evaluating sustainability education ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Twin Cities, North Hennepin Community College and Bemidji State University are offering a one day Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum workshop for ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Uncomfortable Dinner Parties and Farmer Photo Booths: Interactive Session on Discovering and Sharing Campus Food Sustainability

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark (PA)

This session offers a chance to practice exercises from a toolkit archive developed with Aramark at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to support campus food sustainability discussions. Engaging participants ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Students Powering the Energy Transition

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

How can students make a positive impact on public policy and decision makers to help our energy system transition to a sustainable future? Ellen Anderson, former energy advisor to Governor ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Uncomfortable Dinner Party: Bridging Local, Regional and Global Perspectives around Sustainable Food Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark (PA)

Tour Meeting Time: 5:45 PM Tour Meeting Location: 1st floor lobby, located right by the Visitor Information desk and Dunn Coffee. Tour Departure: 6:00 PM Tour End/Return ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Real Food Challenge: Empowering Students, Creating Just, Local Food Systems

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Campus food service is a $18 billion dollar industry that spends $5 billion on food annually. This food is largely sourced from unsustainable sources due to the complex supplies chains ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Teaching Sustainability In Place: A Workshop and Field Experience at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Will Steger Foundation (MN)

Since an understanding of ecology underlies any notion of sustainability, teaching about sustainability means teaching fundamental ecology. Sustainability envisions a system in which humanity and nature are inextricably and forever ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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College & University Recycling Coalition Zero Waste Workshop

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

Recycling, zero waste, sustainability coordinators and campus student leaders are welcome to attend the Fall regional workshop presented by the College & University Coalition in partnership with the University of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability, the Musical: A Case-based Exchange of Ideas for Integrating the Arts, Popular Culture, and Creative Expression into Environmental Pedagogy, Research, and Service on Campus.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The goal of this session is for all participants to exchange ideas about integrating the arts into campus sustainability initiatives. In other words, it is a GIFTS session (Great Ideas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Self-Care, Resiliency and Emotional Intelligence Into Your Sustainability Career and Advocacy

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability issues have reached a critical peak of importance. We need all hands on deck to address the urgent goals of environmental justice by utilizing the best political and personal ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Sip of Science

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Participants will pick-up bus/rail passes at the registration desk upon checking-in for the convention. Names will be checked off tour registrant list before departing MCC. A Sip of Science ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Global Cities as a Learning Environment for Sustainability: Comparing Field Experiences in Austria, China and India.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This presentation will bring in students and faculty from from multiple courses offered at different Schools who have participated in and/or delivered study abroad courses on sustainability, focusing on ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Developing Sustainability Leaders - Skills and Experiences from a Leadership Development Program for Graduate Students

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In this workshop participants will both experience and learn about a cutting-edge leadership development program for graduate students. The Boreas Leadership Program, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Engaging Beyond the Sustainability Circle

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Our universities have the potential to create diverse ways of producing sustainable change both on and off campus. This student summit presentation would be a collaborative brainstorm cafe of ways ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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MinuteEarth: Sustainability Science Education through Online Videos

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We propose to discuss the diversity of approaches to sustainability science education. As one example, we will share some of our MinuteEarth videos (https://www.youtube.com/minuteearth) with the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Toy Totem

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Toy Totem is constructed small plastic toys of the McDonald's Happy Meal variety. The toys are cheap and cute or fun. However, their use is limited and often discarded ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Bike Tour

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Participants - limited to 20 - will take the Green Line light rail from DT Mpls. to the University's East Bank station. Once on campus, participants will be provided with bikes ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ark of the Anthropocene a model for preservation and survival in a changing climate

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sean Connaughty has been making biosphere floats, they are self sustaining ecosystems that float in water. they range from seven feet in diameter to a few inches. The largest of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Degrees to Careers: A Case Study on How Letting Students Work with Professionals Prepares them for Life After Graduation

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the Spring of 2014, a group of students from various disciplines at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities partook in the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition. Throughout the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Innovations and lessons learned in distributed graduate education on sustainability science: a replicable teaching model

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

We present innovations and lessons learned from teaching a distributed graduate seminar on sustainability science across multiple institutions in Latin America and the US. Sustainability science is a problem-driven science ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable polymers in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The topic of plastics and their negative effect on the environment and human health is a relevant and important topic appropriate for the diverse population of students enrolled in a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mitakuye oyasin (All My Relations): Manifesting Sustainability through Cultural Understanding

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Culture provides the structure for how we interact with our natural environment. For centuries, proclaiming a religious right to manifest destiny has justified actions that have enabled cultural values which ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Integrating sustainability education and workforce development: filling the gaps in research and education

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The green economy remains a poorly defined and it remains unclear what a green economy would look like. The most optimistic outlooks argue that it will be built on a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Collective Action and Sustainability

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainability problems including climate change, hyper-consumption, water stress, deforestation, etc. are all wicked problems. A few underlying elements are pervasive in these sustainability issues. Each problem is at a scale ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Systems Management Curriculum

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

A new Sustainable Systems Management major is being planned for implementation in Fall 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for the first time. The context surrounding the introduction ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Cornercopia Student Organic Farm at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Cornercopia is an organic farm that provides students hands-on whole farm learning opportunities, food for the local community and a place for community building, multi-disciplinary education, research and outreach. Started ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Student Farms and Gardens Meet-up

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Come meet Students, Staff and Faculty Members who work with Student Farms and Gardens at their Universities. We will exchange ideas about what's working, what's not and brain ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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