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Nov 28

Green Your Holiday!


Published in 2011

Make sure for the holidays this year, you shop as local as you can! Support your local economy!

Here are some places in Bemidji to check out:
Yellow Umbrella

Red Umbrella

Books N More

KD Floral & Gardens

Glazed & Amused

McKenzie Place

Ben Franklin

Chocolates Plus

Kat’s Book Nook

The Glass Shack

Morell’s Chippewa Trading Post

The Old Schoolhouse

Grandma’s Attic Antique Mall

Nov 14

US delays Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to look at new routes in Nebraska


Published in 2011

Good News!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/us-orders-new-route-for-keystone-xl-oil-pipeline-from-canada/2011/11/10/gIQAGx5C9M_story.html

 

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Nov 2

Sustainability Office hosts New Green Corps Member!


Published in 2011

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Last spring, BSU’s Sustainability Office applied to be a host site for the Minnesota GreenCorps, a program of AmeriCorps. This October, BSU was selected as one of 26 sites across the state.

“Launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide initiative to help preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. This program places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota, where they will serve for 11 months on focused environmental projects. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.”[i]

Bemidji’s GreenCorps member, Brett Cease, began his work on Monday, October 17th and has begun to focus on several areas outlined below:

“The goal of this project will be to integrate sustainable practices into local businesses, schools, and government entities.  The GreenCorps member will provide education regarding more sustainable practices and assist in implementing these practices.”

One objective of this project will be to assist the City of Bemidji, Bemidji State University, and Rail River Folk School with the marketing, maintenance, and utilization of community gardens.  All three institutions have implemented large garden projects within the past two
years and there exists ample opportunity to educate the community on the benefits of local foods.

A second objective will be to assist the City of Bemidji with the GreenStep Cities program.  The City is interested in the program, but would like more detail regarding the commitments and cost of the program.  Brett will work with the City of Bemidji Sustainability Committee to investigate the opportunities and value this program would bring to the City.

One other objective of Brett’s position is to educate the campus and Bemidji community on ways to reduce waste and conserve water and energy. Bemidji businesses and organizations will be contacted and have the opportunity to request the assistance of the GreenCorps member to
identify ways to save electricity, use less water, and/or produce less waste.

Brett has already been working with the office and the larger community on a variety of fronts related to sustainability in the past year and the office is very excited about this opportunity to work together with Brett and broaden our outreach!

In the months ahead, everyone is invited to stop by the Sustainability Office to meet Brett and provide any ideas, comments, or suggestions you have on how to utilize his position to benefit the university and Bemidji in any efforts related to sustainability and green living.

Welcome Brett!


[i] (http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/sustainability/minnesota-greencorps/minnesota-greencorps.html):

 

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