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Jul 23

Sustainable Places Tour- This Saturday!

Published in 2014


It is our pleasure to invite you to our 3rd Annual Sustainable Places Tour (formerly the Sustainable Homes Tour) THIS SATURDAY, July 26th with multiple tours offered between 9-5 throughout the day. This event has been coordinated by the Bemidji Sustainability Committee, with members from our university and surrounding community.

The Bemidji Sustainability Committee began in 2009 as a loose coalition of sustainability advocates, and its goal is to promote sustainable values in the community through education, policy and planning work, and programs and events like this tour! The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month, and meetings are open to all interested individuals.
The Sustainability Committee had the idea for a Sustainable Places Tour two years ago.  We’re really glad that this has become an annual event and have been looking for ways to expand the tour’s reach and scope in the coming years.  We feel it is important to recognize the great work that local sites are doing in adopting green building techniques.  Since many homeowners are on-the-fence about adopting these technologies or have questions, we think this tour showcases some options that can help people know how to implement them at home!

The first PDF is a copy of the flyer with site descriptions and tour times. The second PDF has a suggested bike tour map on one side and driving map on the other.
When Google mapping the Sustainable Shoreline site, use “Ol’” not “Old.” You will not easily find it if you type “old.”
Special notes~   Luekens: Meet at Deli, Cap at 30
Harmony: Cap at 15

Sustainable Shoreline: Look for the volunteer to show you where to park.
Thank you for your support and see you Saturday!


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Jul 16

Summer Projects 2014

Published in 2014

We are busy as bees this summer with a variety of projects! One project that has been on-going up to this point and keeping us dirty is rescuing all the plants from the areas around the buildings that will be under construction in the upcoming months. We moved plants from behind Memorial Hall and by the Low Mow area and moved them to the American Indian Resource Center. We also moved plants from the Laurel House into a rock garden we have named the “Rescue Garden.”


Another project that started this past semester is a sustainable fish house. The house would be equipped with solar electricity and solar hot air to power and heat the house. Our office is partnering with NTC to have students do the construction and the house would be available for students to rent through the Outdoor Program Center here at BSU. We are hoping to have this project complete by this fall so we can have it in the homecoming parade and ready for students to enjoy!


Gitigaan is always a fun project that we have done the past three summers. Gitigaan is Ojibwe for garden. Student, faculty, staff, as well as community members are able to rent a plot for the summer. There are 28 plots, all of which fill up fast each spring! Around the outer edge of the garden are plants that our office takes care of, but are free for anyone to take. This year we have potatoes, onions, lettuce, carrots, and more available!


We are also in the beginning stages of planning for an outdoor classroom. The space would feature wooden benches from the white pines that were taken down next to the football field last summer. We are excited to get students outside to learn!


We will be keeping you updated about other events and projects going on here at BSU as well as the community! If you have any ideas or questions feel free to contact Erika at or 218-755-2560.

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Jul 9

Sustainable Places Tour

Published in 2014


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Jul 7

Bemidji Sustainable Places Tour

Published in 2014

Save the date for the Third Annual Bemidji Sustainable Places Tour! The Bemidji Sustainability Committee has put together a variety of hour-long tours from 9am to 5pm on Saturday July 26. See how local citizens and businesses reduce their energy costs, increase their independence, reduce their water usage, increase their food independence, use natural and renewable materials in constructions sites, reduce solid waste, and maintain natural shoreline. There will also be a suggested bike route for those of you wanting to travel by bike!

For more information, contact MN GreenCorps Member Sara Dennision at or 218-755-3765. Also a special thanks to the MN GreenCorps, the city of Bemidji, and Bemidji State University for helping with this successful event!

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"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy -sun, wind and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)