Senior Lisa Gentele, Omaha, Neb., to Assist with Sustainability Effort at the U of M, Crookston

Crookston, Minn.  -  With the first residence facility to earn Leadership in Energy and Gentele_Lisa 9036.jpgEnvironmental Design (LEED) certification in the University of Minnesota system, the Crookston campus has appointed a student to assist in furthering the campus initiatives in sustainability. Lisa (Gregoire) Gentele, Omaha, Neb., was recently hired to support the work of the Center for Sustainability on the Crookston campus under the leadership of its director Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D.

In her role, Gentele will serve as chair of the Crookston Students for Sustainability Development (CSSD) working closely with students and student government in sustainability efforts. She will assist the participation in Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon Initiative; the Ottertail Power Energy Challenge grant in consultation with Tim Norton, director of Facilities Management and Operations; and contribute to ongoing data collection for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions report and Climate Neutrality Plan for the campus.

Gentele is majoring in natural resources at the U of M, Crookston with an emphasis in park management and natural resource management and is also a member of the Natural Resources Club and vice president of U of M, Crookston Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The senior is planning to graduate at the end of fall semester 2009.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, sustainability, 218-281-8129 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (