U of M delegation participates in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference

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Todd Reubold, Institute on the Environment, (612) 624-6140

DENVER (10/11/10) – Nearly a dozen faculty, staff and students from the University of Minnesota are shining a light on the U of M’s sustainability efforts by participating in the annual AASHE conference taking place October 10-12 in Denver, Colorado.

AASHE provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in areas ranging from governance and operations to education and research.

The University of Minnesota has long been a leader in system-wide sustainability efforts and in 2010 was named a Campus Sustainability Leader receiving the highest grade awarded by the College Sustainability Report Card.

U of M presentations at this year’s AASHE conference include:

  • University of Minnesota System- Wide Sustainability panel with by Amy Short (System-wide Sustainability Coordinator, University of Minnesota), Mindy Granley (Sustainability Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Duluth), Troy Goodnough (Sustainability Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Morris) and Beth Mercer-Taylor (Sustainability Studies Coordinator, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota)
  • Cultivating a Culture of Sustainability on Campus with Jacqueline Johnson (Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Morris and AASHE Board Member)
  • Financing Renewable Energy Installations on University and College Campuses with Lowell Rasmussen (Vice-Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Morris)
  • The Forgotten Art: Art Toxins and Safety by Jennifer Schmitt (Post-doc, University of Minnesota)
  • Community Organizing for Energy Conservation: The Power Police by Robert Bauer (Student, University of Minnesota) and Andy Pearson (Student, University of Minnesota)
  • Extreme Energy Efficiency: Building the Sustainable Bagley Classroom at UMD presented by Mindy Ganley (Sustainability Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Duluth) and Anne Rittgers (Student, University of Minnesota, Duluth)

In addition, University of Minnesota posters will highlight outcomes from sustainability internships and efforts to create a bike culture on campus.

“The U of M participants at this year’s conference share a vision for campus sustainability that connects our academic mission and the day-to-day work of managing our facilities and properties,” said Beth Mercer-Taylor, Sustainability Studies Coordinator.  “We’re working towards making our campuses ‘living learning laboratories’ for sustainability and involving all of our students, faculty and staff in these efforts.”

For more information on the AASHE conference, visit http://conf2010.aashe.org/.