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Aug 8

Welcome back!

Published in 2014

Boozoo (hello in Ojibwe)!

We are excited to have everyone back on campus! Our office has been busy preparing for the arrival of new students as well as returning ones. BSU takes pride in its environmental movements, with Environmental Stewardship as one of its three Signature Themes. Here is a list of sustainability projects YOU can take advantage of while you study at BSU:

1. Elkay Water filling stations. We are working towards our goal of having at least one of these filtered water-bottle filling stations in every building! Use them to fill your reusable water bottle.

2. Freshman and new transfer students make sure you get your free (yes I said free) water bottle of coffee mug from the Sustainability Office.


3. Bucky’s Nice Ride.  This program is a semester long bike rental program for students.

4. Volunteer Opportunities. Whether it is through our office or out in the community, we have opportunities for you to fill your service learning hours!

5. Events. We have events going on all the time- make sure to like us on Facebook for all the updates!

6. Recycling. We recycle containers (tins, glass, aluminum, and #1 and 2 plastic) and fibers (cardboard, office paper phone books, magazines) here on campus- make sure to sort your trash!

7. Students for the Environment. SFE is the student organization with a mission to educate campus on environmental issues. For more information, contact Jordan at

You pay $5 for the Green Fee every semester- take advantage of what we do for you!

If you have more questions or ideas for a project, contact Erika and, 218-755-2560, or stop in the Sustainability Office, located in the Lower Hobson Union across from the bookstore!

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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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"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