Sustainability Education Summit

3rd Annual Sustainability Education Summit

February 28th, 2020

The third annual Sustainability Education Summit is an online and in-person event that shares tools and stories on teaching sustainability.

Participants will have the chance to participate online and in-person, and will go home with an understanding of common struggles, tools, and successes in teaching sustainability topics.

This year we are focusing on growing sustainability education. The summit will feature University of Minnesota educators who share how they root in sustainability, tools for teaching and persevering, and a harvest of student successes. They come from fields of international development, media libraries, Veterinary Medicine, and campus sustainability.

Stay tuned for updates and resources regarding the Summit here!

A few resources to be shared during the Sustainability Education Summit:

Locations + Time

Twin Cities: Learning + Environmental Sciences R-380

Duluth: Kirby Plaza 173

Morris: Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) 45

Crookston: Bede Ballroom

Rochester: Collaboration Hall at One Discovery Square 

Live Online:


 8:30am – 12pm U.S. Central time

Streaming presentations begin at 9


Contact – Peter Levin, (IonE Educators Graduate Research Assistant)

The Sustainability Education Summit 2020 is designed by and will feature presentations from current IonE Educators.

IonE Educators at the Sustainability Education Summit 2020:

David Wilsey
Twin Cities , Public Affairs
International Sustainability
Mindy Granley
Duluth , Office of Sustainability
Student engagement 
Thomas Beery
Kristianstad University , Environmental Education
Sustainable Development Goals
Dominic Travis
Twin Cities , Veterinary Medicine
Ecosystem Health

Scott Spicer
Twin Cities , Libraries
Media & pedagogy in sustainability

Looking back – Sustainability Education Summit 2019

The Sustainability Education Summit 2019 brought together faculty, students, staff, and people interested in sustainability education from across the University of Minnesota system and online from over 20 different states and 3 countries! It featured presentations from Institute on the Environment Educators on how to teach sustainability in chemistry, engineering, art & science, sustainable life seminars, and through story-telling. The UMN Morris, Duluth, Crookston, and Twin Cities campuses also presented videos displaying how they teach sustainability through place-based education, sustainable infrastructure, and action.

Did you miss the Summit? Not to worry, you can still watch it!

The entire Summit was recorded and is still available to watch with captions on youtube. See the links below and check out the conversation on the Summit Flipgrid.

Full Stream – Full stream

IonE Educators – Teaching Sustainability 

Dr. Linda Buturian  – Story Telling

Dr. Jane Wissinger – Green Chemistry (Q&A with Dr. Lee Penn)

Dr. Katy Chapman – Sust. Life Seminars

Dr. Paul Imbertson – Experiential Engineering

Dr. David Syring – Art & Science

Campus Visits Duluth Morris Crookston Twin Cities

Also check out our Summit blog post by Anna Treimer!

Thank you to all of our collaborators!

Center of Educational Innovation Office of Sustainability, Twin Cities UMN Libraries The Summit student workers And all of our collaborators on the Morris, Crookston, Duluth, and Rochester campuses The Sustainability Education Summit 2019 was a collaborative project led by the IonE Educators.