The Sustainable Endowments Institute just released their College Sustainability Report Cards for over 300 colleges and universities throughout the US. The University of Minnesota was one of just three schools to recieve an 'A' grade in all nine categories, and placed first among schools in the Big Ten Conference. See the complete list of the sustainability report cards.
Much of the research being conducted in the the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) focuses on ways that we can reduce our environmental impact. According to the Minnesota Daily (our campus newspaper), "The report card cited 16 sustainability-themed student groups, a student-run organic farm, and the option of living in a sustainability-themed hallway as a reason for the A grade."
Many of the student groups, the student-run organic farm, and the Environment House are based in CFANS. CFANS is also proud of its use of biodegradable fountain drinking cups in the St. Paul Student Center, biofuel research on algae, and the University's future plans to power University vehicles using excess cooking oil procured from our dining facilities. In addition, the U of M offers an interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies Minor that has become very popular among students in a wide variety of majors. (Stay tuned for a future blog post on the Sustainability Studies Minor!)