The Steward

Newsletter of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Spring 2017

OSI: Moving Beyond our Pilot

By Elise Amel, OSI Faculty Director

Moving beyond its pilot phase, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) plans to expand programming and participation across campus. Find out how you can join us!

Interested in Integrating an SCP Project into Your Course?

By Maria Dahmus, OSI Assistant Director

Discover how students are partnering with cities to solve sustainability issues in the Twin Cities during class through the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP).  Learn more about what the future of SCP holds and how your course can participate.

Students and Partners Share Perspectives on SCP

By Mackenzie Burke, OSI Intern

Mackenzie Burke interviewed students and partners from last semester to learn about their perspectives on the benefits of SCP projects.

SCP Project Outcomes in the City of Elk River

By Kristin Mroz, Environmental Technician, City of Elk River

Kristin Mroz, Environmental Technician from the City of Elk River and SCP partnership liaison, shares how the City of Elk River will use students’ research, ideas, materials, and prototypes this year!

Designate your Fall 2017 as a SUST course!

Learn more and apply here.

The OSI has some exciting news! We can now formally identify courses across the university that include a sustainability component (environmental, economic, or social) using the SUST designation, and SUST designated courses can be used by students to complete the new Sustainability Minor.

Watch SCP Project Films!

Short films featuring SCP projects and partners since spring 2016.


Mark your calendars for the following events:

  • March 31 - SCP Faculty Open House Happy Hour, 3:00-4:30pm, LIB 108 Leather Room. Details and RSVP here (appreciated but not required).
  • April 12 - Michael Noble, Executive Director of Fresh Energy, speaks on the Renewable Energy Economy, 7-9pm, Woulfe Alumni Hall. Details here.
  • April 25 - Career Paths in Sustainability (career panel with SCP partners for students), 12-1pm, MHC 204, lunch provided!

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