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Director of Eco-Affordable Housing Program at Minneapolis-based Dovetail Partners to Speak Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at the U of M, Crookston at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom
December 3, 2008

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (December 3, 2008) – With a focus on sustainability, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will feature guest speaker Allison Lindburg, director of the Eco-Affordable Housing Program at the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Dovetail Partners, Inc.  The event, sponsored by Crookston Students for Sustainable Development and a grant funded by the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), is at 7 p.m. in the Sargeant Student Center Bede Ballroom. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Lindburg, who holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a focus on sustainable design, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. Through her work at Dovetail Partners, Lindburg has worked with economic development and housing interests in many communities and presented at educational conferences across the country. Raised in a rural community herself, she is deeply committed to addressing housing challenges and is dedicated to energy-efficient design and the use of responsible building materials.

LEED, a green building rating system, provides technical criteria for environmentally sustainable construction.  A new residence hall, slated to open in summer 2009 on the Crookston campus, received LEED certification. Students, Chris Waltz and Erick Elgin led the effort for the certification of the $10.6 million, 128-bed facility. The certification verifies that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.

The mission of Dovetail Partners is to provide authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. To learn more, visit www.dovetailinc.org.

For more information on the event, contact Chris Waltz at waltz020@umn.edu.

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 www.UMCrookston.edu.