Events & Funding

Students read posters while conversing and eating snacks

Sustainability studies minor students are encouraged to attend sustainability-related events. Opportunities include:

Sustainability Film Series

The Institute on the Environment, the Bell Museum of Natural History, University Services Office of Sustainability and University Dining Services host a Sustainability Film Series the first Thursday evening of the month from February to May at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Films are selected to reflect issues that resonate with University students, faculty and staff.

Each film is presented with a panel of experts who provide local, professional and personal insight into the issues addressed in the films in dialogue with the audience and related sustainability campus student groups. The goal is also for viewers to leave more informed, inspired and equipped with concrete actions to take in their lives and communities. Sustainably sourced food or snacks are served before each film.

Follow the Sustainability Studies program on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming films and activities. Email if you think a film would be a good opportunity for your student group to table and connect with the audience.

Sustainability And Energy Expo

The Sustainability and Energy Expo showcases the diversity of student sustainability work at the University of Minnesota. Sustainability Expo presenters hone presentation skills by sharing their research, enhance their resumes and connect with individuals sharing an interest in sustainability. Submission categories include conference posters, lightning talks (5-minute presentations) and multimedia pieces (artwork, design project, video, etc.). All graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota are welcome to submit abstracts for a chance to compete.

View posters from the First Sustainability and Energy Expo

AASHE National Conference & Expo

Each October, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education holds a national conference to address the best practices of incorporating sustainability into higher education. Over 2,000 college and university staff, students, faculty and other stakeholders participate, with presenters focusing on research, policy, outreach and methods that connect, inspire and inform those who are working to bring sustainability to campuses and communities.

University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students participate in the conference each year, as presenters and attendees.

AASHE’s call for proposal comes in the spring of each year. Watch the AASHE website and Sustainability Studies program Facebook and Twitter pages details about the conference and about partnering with the Sustainability Studies program regarding proposals and conference logistics.

SELF Sustain Conference

The SELF (Student Engaged Leadership Forum) Sustain Conference is a two-day event for students from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Duluth and Rochester campuses.

March 23rd and 24th, the University of Minnesota Duluth will be hosting our annual systemwide conference for students involved in sustainability from all five U of M campuses. The event is called Student Engagement Leadership Forum (SELF) Sustain, and will bring students together from across disciplines to talk about sustainability and their shared interests. 

Apply here!

Additional Opportunities

Following are additional opportunities to broaden your depth and understanding of sustainability:

Funding and Support

If you need support for your sustainability studies, here are a few possible sources of funding:

IonE Mini Grants


Scholarships and Grants for CFANS Students

CLA Resources