Sustainability Blog

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Gustavus community speaks out on climate change

One of the things that keeps me moving forward in my work with Johnson Center is the way good environmental initiatives can “bubble up” from this community. Since Thanksgiving, Gustavus students Rebecca Hare, Jennifer Steffen, Jessica Burggraff, as well as some other hard working students, have stepped up to engage the Administration and the college’s […]

Anna Lappe talk on “Building Real Food Communities” March 14

Anna Lappé leads the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative movement which works for sustainable food and farming across the U. S. Se will be speaking on March 14 in Minneapolis as part of the Westminster Town Hall Forum. See https://www.facebook.com/events/452459244802499/ for details

MSU Mankato Students Hosting Ecology and Ideology Film Series

Ecology and Ideology Film Series all are welcome * film: Is God Green? Thurs Feb 28 CSU 285 5 pm discussion: theology and ecology * film: A Sense of Wonder: Interviews with Rachel Carson Wed March 6 CSU 256 8 pm discussion: women, science and the environment * film: Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari […]

Transition Mankato event, March 28, 2013

Transition Mankato, an area group exploring ways to transition to a more resilient and sustainable community, is continuing their conversation by hosting a viewing of two movies, “Transition 2.0″ and The Power of Community” on Thursday, March 28. The first movie begins at 5:30 PM at Good Counsel in Mankato. See https://www.facebook.com/CenterForEarthSpirituality/events for more details.

Renewable energy installations on the Gustavus campus

Over the past year, several renewable energy installations have come online on campus. As they have become operational, I have been working with the installers, Gustavus Physical Plant staff, and the Physics department to make these installations live up to their potential as teaching tools as well as energy generators. Here is an update about […]

Now you see it, now you don’t

The first sustainability actor I want to highlight has, unfortunately for Gustavus, already left us. Jason Stratman left Gustavus just a few weeks ago. Jason was our Manager of Environmental Health and Safety. In that position, he was in charge of range of “must do” tasks ranging from disposing of laboratory wastes safely to making […]

Highlighting sustainable action at Gustavus

We tend to think about sustainability in terms of the hardware we install, like these solar thermal panels on the Melva Lind Interpetive Center but the reality is that the software, particularly that installed between our ears, is usually the most important. Making the analogy explicit, the people of Gustavus, and their collective choices, that […]