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Campus-Wide Sustainability Efforts

The University of Minnesota’s Office of Sustainability’s It All Adds Up campaign works to provide direction and coordination for sustainability initiatives in the Twin Cities. The University is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

The ReUse Program collects surplus office furniture, supplies, equipment and parts from throughout the Twin Cities Campus and makes them available to University departments or individuals for purchase. The ReUse Program relieves 250 University buildings of unwanted materials, fixtures, and supplies and resell these items to the general public.

Campus Sustainability Organizations

The Minnesota Student Association’s Sustainability Committee looks for ways to make campus more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The committee meets every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. to work on sustainability issues important to students.

For other student groups, take a look at Sustainability Education’s Environmental Student Group List. Twin Cities students can also go to Gopher Link and filter groups by the Environment/Sustainability category.

Getting Involved in Sustainability on Campus

Career Resources

Interested in working or interning in a sustainability-related field? The University of Minnesota’s Career & Internship Services for the College of Continuing Education, College of Design, and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences hosts an Environmental Internship & Career Fair the first week of February on the St. Paul campus.

SUST4096: Sustainability Internship offers students the opportunity to work with local sustainability-related non-profits, businesses, and organizations. Students can apply for pre-identified internships or arrange one on their own. The course offers a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills while building a path to a future career in sustainability.

In addition, the following websites offer useful information and job listings:

Idealist – Idealist offers people and organizations an opportunity to exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – MCN is a statewide association of more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations. Through its website, publications, workshops, events, programs and advocacy, MCN informs, promotes, connects and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership – The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is a coalition of more than 80 environmental and conservation organizations working together to protect and preserve Minnesota’s environment.

Minnesota Green Jobs – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the state’s principal economic development agency, lists jobs from across the state.

Minnesota Works – MinnesotaWorks helps employers and job seekers can find each other.

State of Minnesota Jobs – This is the official site for employment with state government. Also check out local government websites, such cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) or counties (Hennepin, Ramsey, etc.).

University of Minnesota Employment – The University of Minnesota’s employment site provides the capability to search and apply for work-study, student, and other positions as well as manage your application for future opportunities.

Funding and Support

If you need support for your sustainability studies, here are a few possible sources of funding:

IonE Mini Grants


Scholarships and Grants for CFANS Students

CLA Resources

Ecolab Scholarships

Additional Opportunities

Following are additional opportunities to broaden your depth and understanding of sustainability:

Systems Thinking Resources

Women’s Environment Network

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy