SELFsustain Conference

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SELFsustain 2019 – April 5th and 6th

UMN Twin Cities & Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Calling all student leaders! Each spring, Student Engagement Leadership Forum (SELF) Sustain brings students together from across disciplines and all University of Minnesota campuses to talk about sustainability and their shared interests. 

Initiated through the University of Minnesota’s Systemwide Strategic Sustainability Committee, the event is a two-day “retreat” with the intention of providing undergraduates the opportunity to share their sustainability efforts, learn about what their peers from other campuses are doing, and build lasting connections with students from other campuses. SELFsustain connects students to one another to share projects ideas and build collaborations.

The location of SELFsustain rotates between the different UMN campuses, providing students with the opportunity to meet people from their own and other campuses and experience the unique sustainability components of each campus. This year, the Twin Cities campus is hosting SELFsustain in conjunction with the Sustainability & Energy Expo. SELFsustain attendees are encouraged to consider presenting their work at the Sustainability & Energy Expo. More information will be provided to prospective attendees in the application (which is coming soon!)

Fast Facts About SELFsustain

  • SELFsustain is a free event (this includes food, lodging, and transportation)
  • Attendees will be staying at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Special accommodations of all kinds will be honored  
  • Space is limited, so early application is suggested

Past Schedule for SELF-sustain 2017 – Hosted by UM-Twin Cities


Sustainability & Energy Expo Noon-5:30 pm (or as early as 10 am)

Alternating years when SELF-sustain is hosted in the Twin Cities, students will have the opportunity to present in the Sustainability and Energy Expo, co-hosted by the Institute on the Environment and the UMN Energy Club.
SELF-Sustain Mixer & Dinner 5:30 pm
Robin Wall Kimmerer talk 7 pm
University Inn housing provided for non-Twin Cities students


Tour at Cornercopia, Student Organic Farm 8:45-9:45am
Tour at West Bank Community Garden 10:15-11:30am
“Uncomfortable” Lunch & food system discussion 11:30am-1:00pm
SELF-sustain Roundtable and wrap-up 1:00-3:15pm

Students from all University of Minnesota campuses are welcome! Limited spaces are available.


The Sustainability Education team invites you to join us for the 2019 SELFsustain Alumni Dinner April 5, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building in St. Paul. Connect with old friends and meet up-and-coming undergraduate leaders in sustainability from all five UMN campuses. SELFsustain is an annual leadership retreat for sustainability-focused students from across the UMN system and the Alumni Dinner is an opportunity for these students to learn more from all of you about what their futures in sustainability may look like. The event is free, although space is limited, so please RSVP soon using this form.