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Students in Free Enterprise at the U of M, Crookston Sponsor Sustainability Seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009; Seminar begins at 3 p.m. in Youngquist Auditorium at NWROC
January 26, 2009

What: Sustainability Seminar

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in Youngquist Auditorium

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8129 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (January 26, 2009) – Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., head of the Natural Resources Department will be the guest speaker at a sustainability seminar on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the  University of Minnesota, Crookston. The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. in Youngquist Auditorium in the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Svedarsky’s presentation, entitled “What is sustainability anyway, and why should we care?” is sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). The event is free and the public is welcome.

A wildlife biologist and longtime faculty member at the U of M, Crookston, Svedarslu will present a general overview of sustainability and sustainable development. Not only is sustainability thinking and action good for the environment, human health, and rural communities, it’s good for the economy as well. Svedarsky’s insight and experience have made him a trustworthy and credible source for others, as he has made a significant impact in his community and region.

Svedarsky has been active on the national level through The Wildlife Society, his professional organization, and also at the regional and campus level by promoting conservation projects and initiatives. He is a member of the All-University Advisory Committee of the UMore Park Project, which is engaged in implementing a plan to develop a world-class sustainable community on a 5,000-acre tract of University land located in Rosemount, Minn.,at the southern edge of the Twin Cities Metro area.

U of M, Crookston campus students, faculty, and staff have become quite active on a number of fronts relating to sustainability, recycling, a LEED certified dorm under construction, energy conservation, and environmental landscaping projects; notably the Nature Nook.

SIFE is committed to connecting education, business and community and believes that environmental sustainability is a social responsibility of all people. Please join SIFE and the U of M, Crookston student body to learn more about this important issue.

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