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Students from across the University of Minnesota will vie for top honors in the 3rd annual Sustainability Symposium this Friday, April 11, 1:30-5:00 p.m. at Institute on the Environment.
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students from such diverse programs as civil and mechanical engineering, psychology, architecture, music, finance, chemistry, animal science and more will present past and current projects, describing how their work supports or advances sustainability goals.
This year's Sustainability Symposium kicks off with a keynote address from Chuck Bennett, former vice president of Earth & community care at Aveda Corporation. Bennett, whose career spans more than two decades of corporate citizenship advocacy, will talk about "leading from every chair," the idea that everyone--no matter their level of expertise or chosen discipline--has important contributions and must be willing to engage in developing sustainability solutions if we are to be successful.
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Photo: poster competition, Sustainability Symposium 2013, courtesy of Madeline Geifer
Well, a lot of them are in graduate school where they're preparing to take on some of the world's greatest challenges. So, are they getting the skills they need?
Trekking across Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories, Aaron Doering's dogsled of supplies crashed through the ice. Most would see a disaster; Doering saw an opportunity to educate millions around the world.
Doering, an Institute on the Environment resident fellow, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, and director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab, discussed online distance and adventure learning in his Frontiers in the Environment lecture - "North of Sixty: Narratives of a Changing World" earlier this month.
"Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek" was supported by an IonE Mini Grant. Proposals for Spring 2014 Mini Grants are being accepted through March 16.