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Crookston Students for Sustainable Development Plan Sustainability Week April 20-24, 2009, at the U of M, Crookston
April 14, 2009

What: Sustainablity Week

When: April 20-24, 2009

Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, 218-281- 8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


A week of events centers on sustainability at the University of Minnesota, Crookston during Sustainability Week, April 20-24, 2009. The Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD), an offshoot of the Crookston Student Association (CSA), the student governing body, is sponsoring the activities during the week. A theme highlights each day and a booth located in the Sargeant Student Center near the Bookstore will have educational materials to help provide information surrounding the theme of the day.

Themes and activities for Sustainability Week include:

Monday, April 20 – The theme for the kick off of Sustainability Week is food. Information will be available on the important advantages of local foods. The campus will go trayless as part of a trial run to collect data and opinions about removing trays from the dining room. Students, faculty, and staff will experience going trayless in the campus dining room along with an opportunity to have input.

Tuesday, April 21 – The theme for the day is hygiene and information will be provided on biodegradable products related to cleaning and cleanliness.

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22Water consumption is the theme for this year’s Earth Day and the campus will host a visit from Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program. Representatives from the program will be on campus in the morning to conduct brief energy assessment and to meet with members of the CSSD.

In the evening Richard Strong, M.S., from the Center for Sustainable Design at the University of Minnesota, will speak in on sustainable building design. The presentation is at 7 p.m.in Kiehle Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday, April 23 – With transportation as a theme, everyone is invited to meet at the Crookston High School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. for a Critical Mass Bike Ride. Eric Castle, assistant professor in the Natural Resources Department will address the group on bicycle safety followed by a local bike ride to draw attention to the energy and health advantages of bicycling.

Friday, April 24 Household energy is the theme. From 8 a.m. to noon, students, faculty, and staff will be involved in campus clean-up projects as part of Beautiful U Day and an effort to keep the campus looking its best. Students, faculty, and staff can go to the Prairie Room starting at 8 a.m. to find a project and any tools they will need to complete their project assignment.

From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a open forum on the University of Minnesota’s system wide sustainability initiative. Kathleen O’Brien, vice president for University Services along with Amy Short, sustainability coordinator from the U of M will lead the forum taking place in Youngquist Auditorium. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback on proposed sustainability goals.  VP O'Brien's schedule April 24

Patrick Welle, Ph.D., professor of economics and environmental standards at Bemidji State University, will also be on campus for a presentation at 1 p.m. The presentation will be held in Youngquist Auditorium on the topic “Sustainability makes good economic sense” and he will also provide an overview of sustainability efforts at Bemidji State University.

At 2 p.m. there will be a celebration of Beautiful U Day in the Nature Nook area, near Owen Hall. Students will be recognized for their work on sustainability as well as Beautiful U Day projects.  The Nature Nook was a Beautiful U Day project and students have been involved in the project’s development and construction.

Saturday, April 25 –The community is hosting an Earth Day Extravaganza and U of M, Crookston students, faculty, and staff will join members of the community in clean-up projects.

Senior Chris Waltz, Chisago Lakes, Minn., chairs the CSSD and encourages support for Sustainability Week. “This week culminates work by the Crookston Student Association,” Waltz says. “We have brought sustainability issues to the forefront on our campus, and we want to continue to inform the campus and community about the importance of working toward carbon neutrality. Our environment depends on it.”

The CSSD is commissioned by the Crookston Student Association and serves as the student group for exploration, research, and collaborative conception of sustainability initiatives that are important to the campus and community. To learn more about sustainability at the Crookston campus, visit www.UMCrookston.edu/sustainability.

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.