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Dec 2

Thoughtful Tuesday


Published in 2013

 
http://biobreak.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/shopping_indecision.jpg?w=584Good Marrow,
 
Making environmentally sound decisions when it comes to purchasing or trying out new products is not always the easiest thing to keep in mind. Making smarter purchases can be one of the most impactful practices we can adopt. We, often enough, don’t stop to ask ourselves which products can be purchased with minimal impact on the environment. One of the easiest ways to start doing this is to do a bit of research on the interwebs before going shopping or making purchases. This is easy enough to get in the habit of if you already make lists before going shopping.
 
More on Smart Consumerism can be found on Portland State Universities “EcoMerge” Blog:
 
 
 
Have a good Thanksgiving and remember Small Business Saturday follows black Friday,
Trevor
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Nov 19

Mindful Monday


Published in 2013

The rain falls and the warmth of the November sun freezes it to sidewalk and driveway. The cold that grips your body tightly as you walk out the back door into the blasting North wind, brings with it the snow. A bi-ped’s conundrum to tread on the products of winter, for it is we that walk up-right when the winter wants us not to. Keeping in mind that salt runs with water, and we living in-land and not by the sea, wish not to make lakes with excess salinity. With this in mind, O, what can be done, to help us keep walking, cause falling is snow fun when the ice seems so mocking.
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Here are nine conscientious approaches to dealing with icy walk and drive-ways. Taken from, http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/green-products-services/driveway-ice-environment-55013001 :
9 Eco-Friendly Ways to De-Ice Your Driveway
1.     Snow shovel Minimize snow and ice by shoveling, and the sooner after snow stops falling, the better. If shoveling is too challenging for you, pay a neighborhood kid a few dollars to help.
2.     Go electric (if you must) If you prefer to use a snow blower, get an electric model. Gas-powered blowers generate a lot more air and noise pollution
3.     Try a “snow melt mat” If you’re installing a new driveway or replacing an old one, lay down electric wires to heat the driveway from below and radiate heat upwards. Yes, you pay for electricity, so it’s not as “eco” as shoveling by hand. On the other hand, it may be better than using chemicals that pollute the water and endanger plants and pets. It would cost someone living in the Washington, DC area (where I live) about $14 in electricity each time the system was used – though that doesn’t include the cost of installing the system. Electricity costs will vary by region. (NOTE: I’m not recommending you tear up a perfectly good driveway to put in a snow melt system!)
4.     Get a grip Scatter sand or even birdseed for traction. The grains won’t melt snow or ice, but they will give you more grip on icy surfaces.
5.     Scrimp on the de-icer Remember, the job of a de-icer is to loosen ice from below to make it easier to shovel or plow. Don’t pile on the de-icer thinking you’ll remove the ice completely. You won’t. The recommended application rate for rock salt is around a handful per square yard you treat. Calcium chloride will treat about 3 square yards per handful.
6.     Pick your salt carefully If you do use salt, choose wisely. Sodium chloride (NaCL) may contain cyanide. Calcium chloride (CaCl) is slightly better since less goes farther, but it is still not ideal, since its run-off still increases algae growth, which clogs waterways. Potassium chloride is another salt to avoid. • Whatever you use, keep it away from landscape plants, especially those that are particularly salt-sensitive, like tulip poplars, maples, balsam firs, white pines, hemlock, Norway spruce, dogwood, redbud, rose bushes and spirea bushes.
7.     Skip the kitty litter or wood ashes Neither melts snow and ice, and they have a tendency to get messy when it warms up.
8.     Avoid products that contain nitrogen-based urea They’re more expensive and are not effective once the temperature drops below 20°F. Plus, the application rate for urea during a single deicing is ten times greater than that needed to fertilize the same area of your yard. Remember that the urea you apply to the ground will eventually run off into the street, down the drain, and into lakes and streams.
9.     Get the boot Wear boots that have a solid toe and bottom treads to help increase your grip on icy surfaces.
Take Care,
Trevor Plendl
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Nov 16

Traditional Skills Workshop: Traditional Approaches to Meat 11/15/2013


Published in 2013

Wondering what to do with that deer meat?

A chef from Concordia Language Villages will be teaching workshop participants how to corn, smoke, and roast meat at our next Traditional Skills Workshop!

This workshop is limited to the first 15 to register.  Interested participants can either come to the Sustainability Office (across from the Bookstore) ahead of time to SIGN UP or email me to register. The event is free for all BSU students and $7 for everyone else.  Either pay ahead of time or at the workshop.
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Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 20th
Time:  5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: AIRC kitchen

Erika Bailey-Johnson
Sustainability Coordinator
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE, #31
Bemidji, MN  56601
218-755-2560
ebaileyjohnson@bemidjistate.edu

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Nov 4

Mindful Monday


Published in 2013

Another thing we ought to consider is our plug loads. As the number of shiny, High-Def, and convenient little devices available to us grows, we cannot take the energy they consume for granted. 
Read below for some interesting things to think about…
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Plug loads (also called miscellaneous electric loads, or MELs) are growing faster than any other category at 2.2% per year. Why? Trends in computing, comfort expectations and energy illiteracy are all to blame. Facility managers at universities, for instance, have long been critical of college students bringing their own small refrigerator into dorm rooms because of the increased power usage over a communal refrigerator, to say nothing of the extra computers plugged in for gaming and file sharing. In office buildings, the energy savings from replacing cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors with LCDs has arguably been wiped out by the modern workplace’s expectation that each employee should have two to three LCDs instead of one, two PCs, and now an iPad or Android tablet.Efficiency gains are being eaten away by the sheer number of devices.
 
How one estimates potential plug load savings has a large influence on how one thinks about possible solutions. Plug loads can be replaced with efficient alternatives, turned off more frequently, or never purchased in the first place. One’s policy of choice (government-mandated standards, behavioral marketing, or wholesale societal changes, respectively) will vary depending upon one’s assumptions of the effectiveness of each. Government standards’ impact is perhaps the easiest to evaluate, because one can estimate savings from new standards over today’s, and then make assumptions about the timeframe for device replacement (two years for computers, twelve for refrigerators, etc.). But behavioral potential is much more subjective. Plug loads could be eliminated tomorrow if everyone made implausibly radical lifestyle changes (or if there were prolonged power outages). Since neither are likely, one must choose, somewhat arbitrarily, a place on the spectrum of Americans’ behavioral malleability, with no-chance-in-hell cynicism on one side and surely-we’ll-come-around humanism on the other. Skeptics might argue for 0-2% savings; optimists, including some behavioral economists, would argue for a much higher number, perhaps in the 10% to 20% range. In one compelling example, the city of Juneau, Alaska saw 30% savings after an avalanche knocked out a transmission line, and residents made significant electricity cut-backs in order to avoid rolling blackouts. One wonders if those results can be replicated without needing a natural disaster.
 
 
Happy Monday,
Trevor 
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Oct 29

Booooo!! Happy Mindful Monday!


Published in 2013

With Halloween coming up this week, it is time for a ghost story. It is the tale of the ghost watt…
One night before going out to celebrate the end of the harvest and our transition into the time of spirits, you notice something on your dorm/office counter. Normally this thing would remain beyond your consideration. It seems like an everyday thing. Like a life sucking octopus, there it sits. The surge protector that, despite having all the devices attached to it turned off, still stares at you with one glowing red eye. IT’S ALIVE!
Even when we turn off all of our “necessary” electronica, they still consume energy. When a device is off, but still consumes small amounts of energy (that really add up), we call that mysterious energy being consumed ghost watts or phantom loads. However, unlike real apparitions, ghost watts are easily banished. All you have to do to lay these ghost watts to rest is unplug necessary paraphernalia and turn the switches off on your surge protectors.
Here is a little more on ghost watts from UC Colorado Springs Research Journal (Notice the wonderful aliases of these little energy consumption examples…):  http://ojs.uccs.edu/index.php/urj/article/viewArticle/79
Ghost loads (also known as phantom loads, vampire loads, standby power or leaking electricity) needlessly consume electricity when electronic devices are not in use, costing institutions money and needlessly sending tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. An analysis of computer and other ghost loads at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) was conducted in the Spring of 2009 with the results showing that computers annually cost the school $37,505.96-$45,017.56. The environmental impact of idle computers was calculated as 521.73-626.07 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. These estimates are likely low since data was neither gathered on weekends, nor during the summer. Other potential sources of ghost loads are identified and strategies that could lead to lower costs and carbon emissions are presented.
Happy Monday, and may the ghost watts rest in peace… Muah..ha…ha…ha…
Trevor
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Oct 21

Happy Mindful Monday!


Published in 2013

As our precipitation turns to fluffy stuff, thoughts of liquid water come to mind. Taken from Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality Website (http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/sw/beyondbin/water.htm), this week’s tips are about water conservation and what we can do at home and in the dorms to promote it.
Here’s what you can do…
  • The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month!
  • Collect water that runs until the shower gets hot. Use it to water plants.
  • Take a 5 minute shower or take one every other day: You can save 3 times: the water, the sewer, and the gas or electricity it takes to heat the water.
  • Save water and energy every flush: Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace older, existing toilets with WaterSense labeled models, you can save 4,000 gallons per year with this simpler, greener choice.
  • Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Most newer dishwashers don’t require pre-rinsing.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is full when you run it and/or use a small trickle to wash and rinse dishes. Average dishwashers use approximately 12 gallons of water every time you use them.
  • Reuse clean household water, such as water you run until it’s hot, or water used to boil eggs or steam vegetables.
  • Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water. You can waste up to 4 gallons of water every time you let the water run until it is cold.
  • Make sure there are no leaks or drips: A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons a day or more, and leaking toilets can waste up to 500 gallons a day!
  • The average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load. High-efficiency washing machines use less than 28 gallons of water per load. To achieve even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on the washing machine.
  • When washing the car use a bucket: Only run water when you are rinsing the car off. Some commercial car washes recycle their water and are more efficient than doing it yourself.
  • Know how much you are using: A good way to help you reduce your use of water is to know how much you are consuming. Your water bill will tell you what you have used in cf’s (cubic feet) or ccf’s (100’s of cubic feet). To convert cf’s to gallons multiply the number of cf’s by 7.5. To convert ccf’s to gallons multiply by 748.
     
Information taken from:
Have a great week,
Trevor Plendl
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Oct 16

Mindful Monday!


Published in 2013

Maintaining your bike promotes longer life of your bike and its parts. Although fuel economy may be less of a concern with a bike than a motor vehicle, elongating the life of your bike and its parts is a sustainable practice that can also save you money.

 

Want your bike to go faster? Ride easier? Shift smoother? Improvements in these areas are often relatively easy to accomplish with just a few simple steps. Try out these simple tune-up tasks below, which don’t require any special knowledge, and see immediate improvements in your riding.

1. Clean and lubricate your chain

The chain and sprockets on your bike play a key part in the transfer of power in your legs to your wheels, making them go round and round. When they collect dirt and grit and get gummy, not only does it slow you down, but they also wear out faster. Keeping your chain clean and lubricated is one of the best ways to keep your bike working well.

 

 

2. Lubricate the moving parts of your brakes and derailleurs.

Your bike has quite a few moving metal parts that are vulnerable to dirt and moisture. To keep your bike happy and functioning well, these parts should be lubricated regularly.

Pivot points on the brakes and derailleurs are good examples of the types of places you should target because they are vulnerable to attracting dirt and grit due to their placement on your bike. Here’s a diagram of common lubrication points on a bike, but you can spot many of these places just by watching your bike in action and seeing where metal parts move against and around each other.

For instance, think about your brakes. On most road bikes, they are mounted on a bolt on the frame above your wheel. When you squeeze the lever, the brake pivots around this bolt as it contracts. It’s these places where you want to apply a couple drops of oil.

 

 

 

3. Inspect your brake pads.

A quick check of your brake pads will often reveal potential problems that are easy to fix. You want to check:

  • Are your brake pads properly aligned?

Brake pads are the little rubber things that clamp down on your rims to slow you when you squeeze the brake levers. Make sure they are hitting the rims evenly, and aren’t either rubbing the tire or missing your rim partially or completely.

  • Are the brake pads toed-in?

The bike brake pads should also be “toed-in,” which means the leading edge of the pads should touch the bike rim first when you lightly apply the brakes. The pads squish a little, and when you squeeze down hard, you should get full contact to the rim. This helps prevent squeaking

  • Check for junk embedded in the brake pads

Inspect the surface of the brake pads where they meet the rims, and using a pointy sharp instrument like a knife, pick out any bits of sand or metal that may have become embedded in the pad. Removing this grit prevents the pads from wearing and scratching your rims and helps them provide more even and consistent stopping power.

 

 

4. Check the pressure on your tires.

One of the simplest things you can do is the one that can have the greatest effect, and that surprisingly, people most often overlook.

Paying attention to keeping the proper level of air pressure in your tires accomplishes many things:

Checking for proper air pressure in your tires before every ride is quick and easy to do. Here’s how to check the air pressure in your tire.

 

 

 

 

From About.com’s page on bike maintenance:

 

http://bicycling.about.com/od/bikemaintenance/a/fiveeasytuneups.htm?r=et

 

Photos taken from WikiHow’s pages on bike maintenance:

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Correct-Tire-Pressure-While-Biking

 

 

Pedal smarter, not harder. Bike safe and have an awesome week!

 

Trevor Plendl

Tplendl@bemidjistate.edu

 

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Sep 30

Mindful Monday


Published in 2013

Happy Mindful Monday! This week’s is good for the environment and good for your wallet…. A two-fer!
1. Keep your engine properly tuned
- Tuning your engine helps maintain efficient fuel-air ratio, which promotes complete burn (meaning less emissions, too!) and maximum fuel efficiency. A simple tune-up can save as much as 4% on fueleconomy for most vehicles.
2. Keep your tires properly inflated
-This is the simplest way to promote fuel savings. A pressure gauge can cost you as much as $4.00, but on average can save you 3.3% on fuel economy when used in conjunction with free compressed air at many gas stations. So, if you checked your tire pressure after every $100 spent on fuel, you would almost make your money back on a pressure gauge after the first couple fill-ups. Not to mention maximize the life of your tires!
3. Use recommended motor oil viscosity
-Using manufacturer recommended oil can improve your fuel economy by 1-2%when switching back from a non-recommended viscosity and weather rated oil.
4. Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 5–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings:  $0.18–$1.19/gallon
5. Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.  You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7–14%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.25–$0.51/gallon
6. Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear.
Fuel Cost Savings:        $0.01–$0.03/min. (AC off); $0.02–$0.04/min. (AC on)
Have a great week!
Trevor Plendl
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Sep 9

Mindful Mondays


Published in 2013

The Sustainability Office is going to undertake a new twist on an old project.  A few years ago we sent out “Go Green” tips to students, faculty, and staff every Friday.  They were tips that we thought would help make the campus more sustainable.  Some tips we received from colleagues, some we gleaned off of websites, and some were original.
Our plan this year is to provide tips to the campus community.  We are going to call this program Mindful Mondays, based on the following definition  of “mindfulness”:  the quality of attention and care that keeps Earth in mind, so that we can mind our own social and environmental behavior ( from The Nature of College:  How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World, Dr. James Farrell, the late professor of history, American studies, and environmental studies at St. Olaf College).
Tips will be coordinated by Trevor Plendl, a student employee in the Sustainability Office.  Please email him at TPlendl@bemidjistate.edu if you have any ideas for tips that would conserve resources.  Here’s the first one:
http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/06/23/2/192/1922794/fcb742ac3c366585_96269067.xlarge.jpgFive to ten percent of a person’s energy cost goes to doing laundry. Washing with cold water can save up to 90% of that energy. Stains are set in by heat, so washing cold and using a lower heat setting on your dryer not only saves energy, but can also save your clothes!
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Aug 8

American-Made Initiative


Published in 2013

We are very excited to finally get one of our projects rolling! John, one of the student workers in the Sustainability Office, has been contacting schools and businesses to get on board with the idea of buying and manufacturing a stainless steel water bottle in the U.S.A.! Lots of research later, John presented the idea to other schools, hoping for bids of support with our MNSCU sister schools. He also wrote letters to businesses for their support. After discovering that there is a need for this product, John contacted companies that produced other stainless steel products. This morning John came to work with a very energetic email in his inbox from a company looking to have a conversation on how we can develope this project into what our office has invisioned. If you are interested in becomeing a part of this American-Made Initiative, feel free to contact John at jfrazier@bemidjistate.edu or Erika, our Sustainability Coordinator, at ebaileyjohn@bemidjistate.edu.

 

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Jul 26

American-Made Stainless Steel Water Bottle Initiative


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We are currently trying to work with stainless steel manufacturers who would partner with BSU and other universities and distributors to help produce the first ever American-made stainless steel waterbottle! Currently all stainless steel waterbottles are made elsewhere besides the U.S.A. and we would like to change that! This supports local American manufacturing jobs and reduces the dependence on plastic water bottles. This is a really cool project started in the Sustainability Office and includes working with manufacturers in the U.S.A., distributors (Gander Mountain, REI, Klean Kanteen, etc.), and other universities across the nation.

Have questions or comments? Contact the Sustainability Office at 218-755-2560 or stop on in. More to come!

Dylan

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Jul 11

Summer is in full swing


Published in 2013

Now that the June 21st summer solstice has past, Northern Hemispherians alike can join together and rejoice that winter is over and summer has finally arrived! From Bemidji tourism, summer school sessions, and local vacations, Bemidji has been all hussle and bussle. And although some say the summer is fading back to 8 hour days, we at the Sustainability Office prefer to think that summer has just started! Here are some of the things we have been up to…

We’ve been busy planting 25 different kinds of trees on campus so far. From crabapple, apples, plums, and cherries, we noticed Bemidji State’s tree diversity was lacking after last year’s 80 mile-an-hour wind storm knocked out older key tree species. Some of these trees were over 100 years old! To replace, rejuvinate, and beautify the BSU campus, the Sustainability Office decided to plant flowering and fruiting trees that attract birds, pollinators, and hungry college students. In a few (many) years, towering oaks, maples, and pines will dominate previously lawned space and Birchmont Drive will be full of pink and white cherry blossoms while Walnut Hall will have delicious fruit!

Another project the Sustainability Office has been working on is inventoring all of Bemidji State’s trees. Three of BSU’s finest (including myself) are going around campus categorizing trees and taking measurements.  This goes directly in hand with our tree planting and provides useful information on tree information, such as height (using a hypsometer), diameter, canopy size, species, health, and GPS coordinates. This way we can make properly informed decisions regarding tree diversity, species, age, and health in the future. The goal is to track changes in tree dynamics and plan for future plantings.

Always a fun project during summer is gardening! We have continued our work on the Gitigan Garden and this year twenty eight people have rented out all twenty eight plots (without any resident rabbits!). Everything in the garden is looking great and people are starting to harvest their leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and arigula as well as strawberries, rhubarb, and ever-ripening raspberries. We have been mowing this summer (with our very own mechanical mower!) and have plans to fully maintain the garden lot for future years to come. If you have any ideas about how to improve the experience of the Gitigan campus garden, please let us know!

 That’s all for now. Til next time.

Dylan

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May 17

Gardens in Full Bloom


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Hello, hope you are enjoying this gorgeous spring weather! We have been very busy outside prepping all of our gardens around campus; make sure to check them out!

 

We have two gardens that have all native plants in them. One is located between the Lower Hobson Union and Sattgast, called the Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden is designed to attract butterflies, including the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch migrates from Mexico to make its home in Minnesota over the summer months. The Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed (Asclepias) before becoming a beautiful Monarch butterfly. The Butterfly Garden is full of three different types of milkweed: Swamp milkweed, Butterfly weed, and Common milkweed.  The home of the other garden, the Early Bloom Garden, is off of Birchmont Drive between the A.C. Library and Sanford Hall. Most of the flowers in the bed were selected because of their ability to bloom early so students, faculty, and visitors to enjoy their beautiful colors for graduation. One of the earliest blooming plants in Minnesota is the Pasque flower. This beautiful purple flower will bloom before all the snow has melted! Native plants are great for the environment because they attract local wildlife and do not need fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, and once established, need no watering. You can learn more about native landscaping here. The third garden, the Shakespeare Garden, is located behind the A.C. Clark Library, next to the Bridgeman Hall bridge. Although this garden does not have native plants, it does have perennial plants that come back every year. The garden was planted to take up some awkward space that used to have grass that needed to be mowed.

 

The last garden that we have been working on is the Gitigaan Campus Garden. Gitigaan is a community vegetable garden with 28 plots for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come in and plant whatever they like. It costs $10 for students and $15 for non-students. This garden was a student-led initiative. In the spring of 2011, a People and the Environment class volunteered their time to dig up the sod and the Sustainability Office staff built a fence around the soon-to-be garden. The sod was donated to Village of Hope in Bemidji. The first summer, there were 18 people, and the past two years, all 28 plots have been filled with 28 different people, providing a vast array of gardening knowledge. This project is a great example of how a few students can make a huge difference, not only for BSU, but for the community. I can’t wait to start harvesting my crop!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Alex

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May 1

Earth Week Success!


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Earth Week has now come to a close, and we are thrilled with a very successful and fun week! Several environmental documentaries were shown with much enthusiasm from the student body, such as Island President, Garbage Island, Thin Ice and Vegucated. The Stride into Spring 5K went very smoothly and had high attendance despite the cold weather; two students and two non-students won a free pair of shoes from Herington’s Shoes, a local shoe store in downtown Bemidji. Official Earth Day, April 22nd, held lots of fun for all students! We had live music from Pitches and Hoes, Radical Fun Time and Caige Jambor, and free bike tune ups. Several prizes were given away as well: a bike package, longboard package, fishing package as well as organic groceries from Luekens! We had a huge turnout for our Sustainable Tuesdays, hosted by our own GreenCorp member, Caitlyn Schuchhardt.

A GMO Food Labeling panel discussed the future of our food and got the word out to the public about the harmful effects of genetically modified food. At the vegetarian food panel, we had lots of yummy vegetarian foods to sample, such as wild rice hot dish, fresh veggies, hummus, pasta and vegan cookies; we discuss our experiences with vegetarianism, and showed the documentary Vegucated. The still-frozen ground on the shores of Lake Bemidji didn’t stop enthusiastic students from volunteering for the annual Lakeshore Cleanup! They worked hard to clean up the litter that piled up along with all the snow we got this year. The MN Food Charter got together at the beginning of the week to gain support for a public policy that would make good, healthy food available everywhere for everyone; this initiative has huge local support from our community.

And finally, Thursday May 2nd is the day of our E-Waste Collection at Paul and Babe. We are still in need of volunteers and you can sign up in the Sustainability Office. 5R Processing will be accepting computers, printers, laptops, cell phones, microwaves, stoves, appliances and much more!

Earth Week has been sponsored by Students for the Environment, the Sustainability Office, Horizontally Challenged, ARAMARK, the Outdoor Program Center, MN GreenCorp, Indigenous Environmental Network, Bobcat of Bemidji, Herington’s Shoes and the Green Fee.

 

 

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Apr 9

Island President Documentary


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We will be veiwing the documentary, Island President, which is about climate change. The link to the movie’s website is below:

http://theislandpresident.com/

6pm on Wednesday, April 17th

Hagg Sauer 100

See you there!

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Apr 3

Earth Week Events nearly finalized!


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We’ve been BUSY planning our Earth Week events! Keep checking back for more information! The first event is on Wednesday, April 17th, at 6:00 pm in HS100. We will be a part of a national screening of the Island President. Did you know that the 1200 island nation of the Maldives is buying up land in Australia to prepare for sea levels rising? See more information here about this engaging documentary: http://blogs.bard.edu/theislandpresident/

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Feb 28

Results of Sustainability Floor Survey!


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The Sustainability Office asked almost 200 students at the beginning of this semester their opinions on creating a sustainability-focused floor in a residence hall at BSU. We had a nice distribution of student demographics and majors. We were pleasantly surprised with the results. Nearly 60% of the students surveyed would choose to live on a floor focused on sustainability, and most students surveyed agreed that the floor would be most beneficial for incoming freshman. A wide variety of interest was shown in what the students living on the floor would focus on. We also asked students who they thought the sustainability floor should partner with and most thought that the floor should work with the Sustainability Office, Students for the Environment club, and the Environmental Studies faculty.

 

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Feb 6

We are Back!


Published in 2013

Its me John Frazier, just letting everyone know how it is going here in the Sustainability Office.

Our first official week in the new office is over, and I am calling it a success. Our grand opening was great fun with food, live music, prizes, and people My favorite part was definitely the drum circle, and apparently we were pretty good since we received invitations to play at other events around campus. Score! The stream of students has been steady whether they have been coming in for information on the sustainability office and to check out the FreeStore, or get their free drink containers. During our meeting on Monday we laid out our expectations for the office and picked projects to focus on in the coming weeks and months. The vermiculture project is coming along as our wormy squirmy friends get used to their new home in Walnut Hall.

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Jan 28

Sustainability Office GRAND Re-OPENING!!!!!


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Our GRAND Re-OPENING will be THIS WEDNESDAY,
January 30th, from Noon to 3:00 pm!!!

Come check out our new space across from the Bookstore!
Be the one of the first to see all the items in the FreeStore!
Join the drum circle from Noon to 1:00pm!
Listen to a local musician from 2:00 to 3:00pm!
Wild Rice Soup and Hot Apple Cider will be available!
Students can sign up to win a Cross Country Ski Package! or a Bike! or one of many other GREAT prizes!
We will also start giving out stainless steel water bottles and mugs to any new student!

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"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