"The Greening of the U. of Minnesota"
By Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education Buildings & Grounds, January 24, 2008
President Bruininks had refused to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment until January 8, when the University became the first Big 10 school to make the commitment. The University administration believed that some of the goals, specifically climate neutrality, weren't feasible. Deborah Swackhamer, interim director of the Institute on the Environment, a College of Design partner, is cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education Buildings & Grounds article, expressing her previous concern about the commitment's "fuzzy language and its push to include sustainability in the curriculum, which is set by faculty members, not the University president."