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Environmental Movement

  • Environmental Studies Department

    • Establishment for Center for Environmental Studies (1969)
      • performed research and solved environmental problems for the region
    • Creation of Environmental Studies Bachelor's of Science and Graduate Program (1972)
      • added the academic program to the research center
        • laid the groundwork for further environmental leadership
  • Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)

    • President Les Duly implements the Environmental Task Force (Oct 1992)
      • called the Ad Hoc Committee, then titled the Environmental Advisory Committee
        • first meeting was in January 1993
        • EAC wrote the University's Environmental Policy Statement
  • Sustainability Coordinator

    • The Sustainability Coordinator position was created in February of 2008. The position is to serve as a facilitator in the University's move towards sustainability, acting through a collaborative process involving staff, students, faculty, and administrators towards making Bemidji State a more ecologically and economically sustainable campus community. The Sustainability Coordinator works with the Environmental Advisory Committee and Students for the Environment. 

    • The Green Fee Mini Grant was created in accordance with the Sustainability Coordinator. The Green Fee is a fee of $5 a semester for all on-campus students. The revenue generated from the green fee would be used to fund 50% of the Sustainability Coordinator position with the leftover revenue dedicated for university sustainable efforts. Starting July 1st, 2010, only 25% of the Sustainability Coordinator's salary is funded by the Green Fee.

  • Students

    • Throughout this whole process, students played a major role in the objectives listed above.
    • Tessa Haagensen, who was presidents for Students for the Environment, became the Campus Ecology Fellow
    • Students for the Environment was formed back around in the early 1980s.
      • they worked alot on reducing BSU's energy use and they were a catalyst for BSUs signing of the Talloires Declaration.
    • Students for the Environment created a petition to support increasing student costs to purchase windpower through the Tailwinds Program of Ottertail Power Company. The money that the Lakeside Union consumed for energy funds the developement of wind turbines in North Dakota.

"Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our Mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons of the Earth."
~ Chief Seattle in a letter to President Franklin Pierce, 1852