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Bemidji Sustainability Committee

Sustainability is not only a commitment of BSU, but the City of Bemidji has determined that being "green" is also good for the greater community.  Mayor Richard Lehmann signed the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement (go here for more information) on Earth Day, 2007.  The Bemidji Sustainability Committee was an idea formulated by a former City Council member in 2008, and really gained momentum when Bemidji Mayor Richard Lehmann mandated the creation of the Committee in the Fall of 2009.  The Committee began as a loose coalition of sustainability advocates in October, 2009, and meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the City Hall.  Meetings are open to all interested individuals. A council member serves on the committee as a liaison.

"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)