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VP Maki presenting at Nov. 13 clean energy forum

Bemidji State University is hosting a free Campus Clean Energy Forum, Nov. 13.

The event, held in conjunction with the Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning in the Great Room of BSU’s American Indian Resource Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Advance registration includes a free lunch. To register, visit or call (612) 626-0555.

Students, professors, facility managers and campus sustainability coordinators will meet to celebrate clean energy projects and learn from one another as they share projects and activities from campuses across northwestern Minnesota.

Jason Edens, a Bemidji State alum and founder of Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, will give a keynote address on his experience turning his passion and educational experience into a successful non-profit endeavor. He also will explain how the alliance is working with campuses on innovative clean energy solutions.

In addition, the day will feature a variety of presentations and panel discussions, including:
• Student Initiatives/Student Organizations
• Engaging in Energy Education
• Campus Sustainability Coordinators
• Strategic Facilities Projects
• Clean Energy Research
• Bemidji State University
• University of Minnesota Crookston
• Minnesota State University Moorhead

Bill Maki, Bemidji State’s vice president for finance and administration, will participate in a panel discussion on strategic facilities projects from 10:30-11:50 a.m. in the AIRC Great Room.

A complete conference schedule is available at

Erika Bailey-Johnson, BSU sustainability coordinator, (218) 755-2560

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.