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Sustainability Symposium: Bridging the Gap

April 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

About the Event:

The Sustainability Symposium (previously the Sustainability & Energy Expo) 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 12:00 – 5:30 pm on Friday, April 14, 2023. All University students (undergraduate, graduate and professional), faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Twin Cities attendees are expected to be in-person, unless there is a reasonable conflict. In-person nodes will be held in Crookston, Duluth, and Morris. Attendees in  Rochester are encouraged to participate with a virtual option, but are also welcome to be in-person at the Twin Cities campus.

There are three ways to participate in the Symposium:

  • Present at the Symposium (students only)
  • Nominate a student or team for an Impact Award (students, faculty, and staff)
  • Attend (students, faculty, staff, and community members)


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.



 12:00 – 12:45 pm  Check-in, lunch & networking  Atrium
 12:45 – 1:00 pm  Opening Remarks  R390 / Zoom
 1:00 – 2:00 pm  Lightning Talks Session I  Breakout Rooms / Zoom
 2:15 – 3:15 pm  Lightning Talks Session II  Breakout Rooms / Zoom
 3:15 – 3:45 pm  Creative works, posters & tea break  Atrium / Zoom
 3:45 – 5:00 pm  Panel Discussion  R390 / Zoom
 5:00 – 5:30 pm  Awards & group picture  Atrium / Zoom


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


April 14, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Food and Bioproducts Engineering Organization
Institute on the Environment and Office of Sustainability
UMC Center for Sustainability
UMD Office of Sustainability
UMM Office of Sustainability


Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108 United States
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