During spring semester, the Minor collaborated with student groups to host a Green Jobs Revolution event, where students and community members got to hear from professionals about all the different careers available in environmental fields.
We also worked with the Bell Museum to host some well-attended film and panel events about sustainable agriculture. You can learn more about these events and others here.
In April, Beth and I (Lance), along with the U of M's sustainability coordinator Amy Short and another student, attended the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability's annual conference. We got to meet many cool people from campuses around the region and even got to see nationally-known Anishinaabeg activist-writer Winona LaDuke speak.
Though spring semester ended a month ago, the sustainability studies minor is still as busy as ever. Mary Scott, the sustainability studies minor communications assistant, recently returned from a semester in India, and has been working diligently on improving our always-expanding website. I'm currently working on a big Welcome Week sustainability fair to educate and engage first-year students.
Earlier this week, Beth and I attended the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace's "Renewable Energy Showcase" at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. We got to hear experts from various energy-related careers.
I am registered for and excited to attend another conference next month, hosted by the Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability Education in Ashland, Wisconsin. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to attend great events like these, and be able to get reimbursed as an Institute on the Environment employee! Hopefully soon we will be able to get more sustainability students to attend similar events in the area. If you are interested in conferences and other events, remember to regularly check out our calendar.
We are also planning to do more work on the St. Paul Campus Sustainability Map, which is currently still in the beginning stages:
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Beth and Amy are also preparing for a fall conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. It's their annual conference, and it's taking place in Denver, Colorado in October. University Services is currently in the process of hiring a new sustainability coordinator for the campus, so we will soon be working with someone new! As you can see, we continue to be busy with numerous activities, and are excited to keep the momentum going!