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April Sustainability Events at UMD

UMD Sustainability Coordinator Mindy Granley and NRRI's June Kallestad put this message together.

Perhaps you feel like author Ellis Peters about spring, “…a perpetual astonishment.” Or maybe you’ve got your head to the wind, bearing down on the end of the semester.

In either case, you can’t escape the invigoration of spring and UMD is feeding the frenzy with a mother-load of activities for Mother Earth. Sustainability is the word for April and starting on the 15th you can explore, grow, connect and help UMD green-up for spring

The kick-off is the first annual State of Sustainability at UMD. What is going on at UMD for sustainability, and how can you help? Everyone’s ideas are welcome. It will be held Wednesday, April 15 at 11:30 am (refreshments), with the program from noon to 1 pm. Location is the Library Rotunda.

That evening, take in Taking Root: Environment, Human Rights, and Democracy, a dramatic film about the simple act of planting trees that grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. April 15, 4-6 p.m., 90 Bohannon Hall.

Start your weekend by joining The Free Democracy Summit which starts on Friday, April 17 with local music at 9 pm at the Venue at Mohaupt Block (2024 West Superior Street, Duluth, Minn.) On Saturday, be ready to learn, engage, and get motivated to become more active citizens in the democratic process. Saturday sessions start at 9:30 am at Greysolon Plaza (231 E Superior Street, Duluth, Minn.) This year’s theme is “Local Actions Solving Global Problems” and the schedule is loaded with workshops ranging from “Global Food Systems” to “Advanced Citizen Activism” and “Green Jobs.”

And sign up today if you want to make a difference now. Join the Better Neighbors Annual City Cleanup on Saturday, April 18 at 1 pm. Wear your maroon and gold clothing and meet in Portland Square (15th Avenue & 4th Street E) to get your gloves and garbage bags. Volunteers will be dispersed to pick up garbage in assigned areas throughout the east hillside and neighborhoods surrounding campus. At 3:30, free pizza and pop will be your reward, and other prizes given. Contact Thomas DeMinco at to sign up by 7 pm April 15.

What is a Sustainability Fair? To find out, stop by Kirby Student Center on April 21 from 11 am through 4 pm. The theme for the Fair is Energy, Campus, and Community. Presentations in the Kirby Lounge kick off at 11 am as UMD faculty member Mike Mageau presents his research on “Wind Power! Community wind projects in NE Minnesota”. Additional faculty, students, and community members will be talking about energy research, teaching, conservation, and campus sustainability throughout the day. At 4 pm, an outdoor demonstration of Hartley Nature Center’s Energy cart will take place near the Kirby bus hub. And don’t forget to stop by the booths throughout the day.

Just how dark can it get at night away from lights with no moon? On April 21, UMD Rec Sports Outdoor Program and Late Night Kirby will host a late night hike in Bagley Nature Area. Observe the stars, listen to the night sounds, and learn something new about nature at night. Meet in Kirby Lounge at 9 pm.

April 22 is Earth Day and the Student Sustainability Coalition is hosting Eco-Movies all day long in the Kirby Student Center lounge. Stop by with a bag of popcorn, starting at 10 am and running through 4 pm.

Got air in your bike tires? On April 23, the first ever Bike to Class Fest takes place from 11 am to 3 pm outside near the Kirby bus hub. The purpose is to encourage UMD staff and students to tread a bit more gently on the earth. Bike to school, then stop by to get information on local trails, register for prizes, and find out more about biking in Duluth. Tables from local organizations and businesses will be located outside near Kirby bus hub. This event is sponsored by the Student Sustainability Coalition and the UMD Cycling Club. For more information, contact Stacy Gerths at

By Saturday, it’s time to celebrate your sustainability efforts at Leif Erickson Park. The Respect Your Mother Earth and 4th Annual Outdoor Art Show will be held April 25 from noon to 9 pm. It’s all music, artists, vendors and regional businesses and organizations that promote earth-friendly products or services. How can you miss?

Help make UMD a better place to live on Sunday, April 26. Housing and Residence Life invites you to ‘Sweep the Halls- 2009’. This is the first annual spring clean-up event for on-campus students and friends. Come and help make the environment and housing a better place to live. Kick-off is at 1 pm; meet on Griggs Beach by the BBQ pits. Free t-shirts for the first 50 students. Dress for the weather and clean-up work. Cleaning supplies and tools will be provided. Refreshments be provided after the clean-up.

“Sustainability and U: Viewpoints from UMD”: The culmination of April sustainability events will happen on Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 am in Weber Music Hall. For the past year, University faculty, staff and students from all campuses have been working together to develop goals and measures to implement the Regents’ Policy on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency. Join UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and U of MN Vice President Kathleen O’Brien (co-chair of the Sustainability Goals and Outcomes committee) for “Sustainability and U: Viewpoints from UMD”. This forum will review draft Sustainability Goals and gather feedback from the UMD campus.

For more information, visit the UMD Sustainability blog at or

Sustainability and U page at

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How do UMD buildings receive fresh air and heat? During a March 2000 building energy assessment, UMD Student Sustainability Coalition members get an underground tour beneath the library, to learn about the energy needed to heat and ventilate campus buildings. How much light do we need? Conserving energy is a part of sustainability efforts at UMD. Here, students from the UMD Sustainability Coalition measure available light in the library rotunda, during a March energy assessment of 3 buildings at UMD. UMD student Anne Rittgers, measures available light in the library, during a March energy assessment of three buildings at UMD. Energy conservation expert, Dean Talbott, gives tips on how to save energy at the Winter 2008 Sustainability Fair.

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