Sustainability Symposium

The Sustainability Symposium brings together diverse sustainability projects, artwork, research, and other ideas at one platform. This year’s Symposium will also celebrate and honor this year’s Student Impact Awardees.

The Sustainability Symposium will be held at the Institute on the Environment on the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul campus from on Friday, April 12, 2024.

This year’s theme is Making Minnesota: Towards Equitable Urban Design. The theme centers Environmental Justice, the intersection of social justice and environmental issues, and for this event, particularly as topics relate to urban design.

Students of all academic disciplines are welcomed to present. All University students (undergraduate, graduate and professional), faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Presentation sites will be held at Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, and Morris. Folks from Rochester are welcome to participate virtually as well as in-person at the Twin Cities campus. Those out of town or needing accommodation are also welcome to participate online. Opening remarks, panel presentation and awards presentations will occur on campus and shared via Zoom.

Tentative Schedule

11:00: Networking & Lunch

12:00 – 12:50: Lighting Talk Session 1 

1:00 – 1:50: Lighting Talk Session 2 

2:00 – 3:00: Creative Works and Posters

3:10 – 4:00 Speaker/Panel

4:00 – 4:30: Awards

Read about the 2023 Symposium Here

What is the Sustainability Symposium?

In 2011, the Sustainability Symposium arose from a recognition that pressing environmental issues, such as climate change and environmental injustice require the collective expertise of diverse disciplines. At a large institution like the University of Minnesota, connecting across the campus can be a real challenge. Now, more than ever, we need to bridge the gap and collaborate with each other across academic, social, and cultural backgrounds, to confront some of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced.

At the Sustainability Symposium, we aim to bridge the gap in our understanding of what constitutes sustainability knowledge and action. We aim to bring together students, community leaders, practitioners, and scholars to communicate, share and collaborate over ideas needed to address the most pressing problems of today. These problems include environmental injustice towards minoritized communities across race, economics, and gender, food scarcity, diminishing biodiversity, and climate change. While applicants are encouraged to engage with the theme, all proposals related to sustainability are welcome.

Contact us

If you have questions about submissions or if your department might be interested being a co-sponsor, please contact the Sustainability Education team at sustainu@umn.edu