The Institute on the Environment convenes meetings with global environmental leaders and decision makers to discuss and develop solutions to environmental challenges facing the world today.
Solutions Summit 2012 brought 225 dedicated sustainability practitioners and researchers from business, industry, the nonprofit sector and academia together to identify and advance strategies for collaboratively solving sustainability challenges. Keynote speaker Paul Hawken, an internationally renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur and author, shared his perspectives on the economic and ecological landscape in which innovation will be fostered in coming years with a focus on climate, minerals and oceans.
Since 2009, the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE) at the Institute on the Environment has convened meetings with environmental leaders from business, industry, consulting, academia, government and the non-profit sector. NiSE has emerged as a leader in collaborative sustainability research by hosting and participating in relevant events and meetings in Minnesota and around the world.
The Sustainability Symposium offers an opportunity for graduate, professional and undergraduate students to showcase their work and to improve their ability to communicate the sustainability implications of their research or creative work with others engaged in sustainability issues across the University.