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Nov 21

Sled Dogs to Saint Paul next Tuesday, November 27th @ 7:30 pm in HS 100!

Published in 2012

On Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30 pm in Hagg-Sauer 100, Frank Moe,  former Minnesota State Representative, will share an inspiring story for all who can make it!

Frank mushed his team of 10 sled dogs from Grand Marais to the Capitol in St. Paul this March, carrying nearly 13,000 petition signatures opposing sulfide mining.

Come join Frank and take a closer look at sulfide mining through the eyes of people who have a stake in the proposed expansion of mining in northeastern Minnesota:  business and property owners, legislators, wild ricers, tribal officials, community activists and many of the people who helped him along the way.  The night’s presentation which includes both video and discussion, will surely be a fast-paced examination of local economics, environmental activism, corporate might, Minnesota’s mining legacy and the role that clean water resource play in the future health and wealth of the state known as “the land of 10,000 lakes.”

For more information visit: or call Erika at 218-755-2560 and we look forward to seeing you there!

When: Tuesday, November 27th, 7:30 pm

Where: Hagg-Sauer 100 (BSU) Free and Open to the Public!

Sponsored by Outdoor Program Center, Students for the Environment & BSU Sustainability Office


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Nov 21

Campus Votes on Favorite Ways to Spend Green Fee!

Published in 2012

Over the past few weeks, the Sustainability Office has been gathering input from BSU students, faculty, and staff about their input on how they’d like to see the Green Fee spent.

In order to gather this input, a unique system was created where the office wrote out over 30 different ideas/ways that the Green Fee can continue to be used on large presentation-sized paper sheets (space was provided for indidvidual’s own ideas too). Next, at several key events including BSU’s celebration of National Campus Sustainability Day and a Student Senate meeting as well as several lunch hours in the Viking Room in the Lower Union, individuals were given five stickers to vote on how they would like to see the fee spent.


Overall, more than 130 people have voted and given what we’ve found, we’d love to share our results so far with you! The most noticeable finding was that a broad majority (in fact the top four) areas that people suggested we can continue to focus the use of the Green Free is in improving local access to foods on campus.

For a fun visual graphic of the top twelve Green Fee Votes, click on the link for a PDF.

And overall, we’ll provide the total vote tally below as well.

Thanks so much for all who voted and if you missed your chance, it’s not too late, we would love your input, stop by the Sustainability Office at any time or give Erika a call at 218-755-2560!


Bale own cardboard 1
Campus-wide Sustainability Review 1
E-waste management 1
Bio-diesel bus for sports 2
Linen service in bathroom 2
Vegetarian info panel 3
Paper free testing 3
Dual flush toilets 3
Require profs to use D2L 3
Car rental 4
Geothermal energy 4
Wintering windows 4
Improve transit schedule 5
Sustainability minor/emphasis 5
Rental property efficiency 5
Promote ride sharing 8
Hybrid fleet 8
Eliminate disposable cups 9
Green cleaning products 9
Ban bottled water 10
Sustainability Theme Res Life floor 10
Ronald McDonald House Pop-tab Collection 11
Recycled plastic bottle caps/gowns 12
Green Roofs 13
Biofuel 14
More air dryers in bathrooms 14
Bike options 17
Green building standards 25
Composting leftovers 26
Chicken coop 27
Garage sale 28
Harvest rainwater 30
Promote rental/ebooks 32
Solar panels 32
Old furniture available for students 32
Wind Turbine 32
Notification system for cancelled classes 37
Edible gardens 44
Farmers Market on campus 48
Organic/vegetarian options 64



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