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Oct 26

BSU Focuses On Reducing Car Pollution & Improving Fleet Vehicles Gas Mileage!

Published in 2012

We all know that automobiles produce a great deal of pollution and yet most of us still depend on them daily to help with transportation.  What can we do about it, you might ask?

Someone that is trying to do something about it is Dylan Sievers, BSU Student Senator and Sustainability Office employee. Sievers has been working with the campus’ Environmental Advisory Committee and Sustainability Coordinator Erika Bailey-Johnson to develop a Fleet Vehicle Policy for BSU.

Focusing on ways to improve the university vehicle’s gas mileage, acquistion of more efficient vehicles, and even considering tying this focus into an overall campus transportation policy, Sievers has begun to work with different interest groups across campus to help put the best (non-gas-pedal) foot forward.

In the process, he’s looked to what other universities are doing, like Purdue, whose Fleet Vehicle Policy is often thought of in its field as a Best Practice Model:

If you’re interested in finding out more about the impact of combustion engines to our surrounding world and how you can get involved with improving our campus’ Fleet Vehicle Policy, come down to the Sustainability Office or call Erika, 218-755-2560.

Feel free to check out the following image and information taken from Allison Morris at as well!

Electric Cars

There are over 250 million [cars] in the US alone, and they pump out greenhouse gases by the truckload each day. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, electric cars have, for quite a few years now, been the most popular alternative to gas-powered cars. While electric cars are certainly considered to be the more eco-friendly mode of transportation, there is some discussion as to just how much greener electric vehicles really are. If you’re thinking that your next car might be an electric one, consider the following infographic before you settle on which e-vehicle you want. The fact is that, unbeknownst to most consumers, the “greenness” of your electric car depends a lot on just where you’re plugging it in. For residents of some cities, electric cars there may be far less green than in others. For those living in cities powered primarily by coal, the energy being expended in charging your car might be just as detrimental to the environment as just driving a gasoline-powered car. Since electric cars are typically more expensive than gas-fueled vehicles, the savvy car consumer should pause before buying and ask, “will an electric car really be greener in my city?”


Green Cars Infographic

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Oct 17

Upcoming Sustainability Events! Politics! Environments! Student Life!

Published in 2012

Bemidji State University’s Sustainability Office is hosting several exciting events in the week ahead that the whole community will be invited to!  Between the chance to talk with your elected officials on important issues and free local food and reusable water bottles, there’s plenty of incentives to attend!  We look forward to seeing you there!

4:30 - 6:30

Bemidji State HS 107

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Politics and the Environment 
Have questions about environmental and natural resources policies in this upcoming election? State Senators John Carlson & Tom Saxhaug as well as State Representative John Persell and city councilmember Rita Albrecht will come together to discuss their positions and plans. Join us at BSU in Hagg Sauer 107 at 4:30 for a moderated discussion and Q&A. Parking available at the American Indian Resource Center.

From Minnesota GreenCorps, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Rail River Folk School and Bemidji State University

10th Annual National Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at noon in HS 107
Free Wild Rice Hotdish & Water Bottles or Coffee Mugs for first 50 students!
See a panel of BSU students, faculty and staff who will discussion what sustainability means to them including:

·         Mark Morrissey, Director of Outdoor Program Center

·         Dr. Laurie Desiderato, Psychology Professor

·         Chinwuba Okafor, Assistant Director of Student Life

·         Zach Olson, Adjunct Instructor of English

·         Nick Nelson, Student Body Co-President

·         Ariadne Donovan, Student Birthday Girl

·         Dr. Randy Ludeman, Associate Director of Residential Life 

If you have any questions or want more information, contact Erika Bailey Johnson at 218-755-2560 and we look forward to seeing you there to help us celebrate the many ways that Bemidji State is leading in the sustainability movement across college campuses nation-wide!


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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
~ John Muir