SELFsustain Conference

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, SELFsustain 2020 will not happen this spring. Sign up here to be notified when applications open for the next event (either in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021).

SELFsustain 2020 – April 17th and 18th

UMN Crookston 

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. 

Applications are open! Apply at by March 27. 

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. More information will be provided to prospective attendees in the application.

Why attend SELFsustain 2020?

  • Chance to explore UMN Crookston’s campus – including a chance to meet the famous prairie chickens and UMN Crookston’s award winning Wellness Center!
  • Opportunity to share your sustainability story
  • Connect with sustainability leaders from all five UMN campuses

Fast Facts About SELFsustain

  • SELFsustain is a free event (this includes food, lodging, and transportation)
  • Attendees will be staying overnight in Crookston
  • Special accommodations of all kinds will be honored  
  • Space is limited, so early application is suggested

Past Schedule for SELF-sustain 2015 – Hosted by UM-Crookston


Buffet luncheon in the Prairie Lounge in Student Center.  

“Students taking a giant step for Sustainability Action on the UMC campus.” 

“Sustainability on the Crookston campus and the community – overview of ongoing activities

Campus tour, including Evergreen Hall Classroom, UMC’s LEED residence hall and the first in the U of MN system.

Discussion buzz in Evergreen Hall. Welcome by Director of Residential Life and Crookston Mayor, Gary Willhite.

Drive by look and “kick the tires” of the Castle Park Nature Space.  Comments by Linda Kingery and Eric Castle. More comments later during evening program. 

Dine-out at the Red River Valley Natural History Area Nature Center, featuring brisket and some local foods.  Fire in the fire place and in outdoor fire pits. 

Program at Nature Center at Red River Valley Natural History Area

Refreshments and presentation on, “Natural History of the Red River Valley” by Dan Svedarsky

Campfire, conversation, and s’mores.


Dark thirty (about 4:30 a.m.) Prairie grouse courtship viewing on the prairie booming ground. 

Breakfast at Dan’s House on the Prairie, in the midst of the prairie awakening of migrating birds and sunrises.

Workshop – Katie Lederman, Workshop coordinator along with individual campus attendees.  Fast and furious, lightening talks

Round-table discussions in breakout sessions. 

Buffet lunch and continue discussion of topics in Evergreen Grill.

What have we learned and what is the future of student leadership and sustainability activism?

Wrap up and disperse after Zugunruhe* sets in. (* Pre-migratory restlessness)

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


Stay tuned for updates regarding Alumni engagement!