Morris Students Showcase Campus Sustainability
Posted by Brittany Grady 17, Kaiserslautern on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Last month several University of Minnesota, Morris students attended the fifth annual Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) conference at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. UMACS provides a regional approach to campus sustainability and offers unique opportunities for shared learning and collaboration.
Of the 14 students present at the conference, 12 presented their research and sustainable initiatives to other students, staff, and faculty from across the Midwest. Alicia Beattie 13, Hastings, Bryce Blankenfeld 14, Goodridge, Kali Dale 14, Bemidji, Sharice Fontenot 17, Vidor, Natalie Hoidal 15, Forest Lake, Peter Kavale 16, Duluth, Brittany Grady 17, Kaiserslautern, Lily Mahan 17, Edina, Sienna Nesser 14, St. Anthony Village, Kristian Nyberg 14, Minnetonka, River Ostrow 14, St. Paul, Tim Sheehan 16, Minneapolis, Jordan Wente 15, Dodge Center, and MN GreenCorps member Heidi Eger 13, Woodbury, presented on a variety of themes, including composting, clean energy organizing, and working with small towns on sustainability efforts. Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson also gave a keynote address on sustainability and campus culture.
One major topic at this years conference involved sustainable food systems. The food systems campaign strives to involve more people in the food production process by making local foods more accessible. Morris is working with organizations like Morris Healthy Eating to address the issue.
In considering sustainable energy, we must first consider the resource that allows our own bodies to function, and that is our food, says Nesser. However, our current food system is out of our hands. We rely on fossil fuels and large corporations to fulfill the most basic of needs. This system is not something we can rely on in years to come, and that is why it is so important to learn about how we can produce food in our own gardens at the scale of our communities.
More information about UMACS and the conference is available at umacs.org.
Morris students, staff, and faculty at the fifth annual Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.