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Sustainability Blog

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Summer Projects 2014


The staff in the Sustainability Office are composed of passionate students with a drive to motivate the campus to think, act and be sustainable. The staff is composed of students with many different majors and backgrounds. Each person brings a different perspective to the group and with that diversity the staff has become resourceful and has gained the ability to communicate efficiently.

Erika Bailey-Johnson

  • Education: BA in Biology from the U of M, Morris
    • Master's degree in Environmental Studies from BSU in 2006
  • Teaching History: Taught for two years in Mexico and three years in Kuwait with her husband before returning home in Northern Minnesota; currently teaches as an adjunct instructor for the course People and the Environment.
  • Erika has been the Sustainability Coordinator at Bemidji State University since the fall of 2008
  • She maintains an active schedule with two young boys and a passion to make this community a healthier and more sustainable place
  • Click here to contact Erika

Abbey Lindee

  • Major: Indian Studies and Ojibwe Language
  • Hometown: Bemidji, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office in Fall 2010
  • Interests outside of work: working with horses, riding bike, playing with her nephews and her dogs, and doing just about anything outside
  • Contact:

Erik Nims

  • Major: Art and Design
  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office in Fall 2013
  • Interests outside of work: Computers and music
  • Contact:

Jordan Morgan

  • Major: Environmental Studies, Policy and Planning
  • Hometown: St. Peter, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office in Fall 2013
  • Interests outside of work: Music and camping
  • Contact:

Trevor Smith

  • Major: Environmental Studies, Outdoor Education
  • Hometown: Bemidji, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office in Fall 2013
  • Interests outside of work: Hiking, rock climbing, camping and skiing
  • Contact:


Alexandra Miller

  • Major: Environmental Studies
  • Hometown: Dilworth, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office Fall 2011
  • Interests outside of work: Kayaking, biking, camping, traveling
  • Contact:

Dylan Sievers

  • Major: Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Engineering
    • Minor: Economics
  • Hometown: Park Rapids, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office Summer 2011
  • Interests outside of work: traveling to new places and doing new things while meeting the best people I could ever hope to
  • Contact:

John Frazier

  • Major: Technical Art Design
  • Hometown: Northfield, MN
  • Started working in the Sustainability Office Summer 2012
  • Interest outside of work: History, hanging out with people, rock climbing, and drawing
  • Contact:

Sara Dennison- Green Corp Member

  • Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado and Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
  • Education: .Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Minor in Outdoor Education in May 2010
  • Serving the Bemidji community this year as a MN GreenCorp member (an AmeriCorps program managed through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) and BSU's Sustainability Office is the host site!
  • Interests: Writing, painting, archery, downhill and cross country skiing, camping, paddle boarding, coffee shops, and campfires
  • Contact:

"Working together, we have proven that sustainable development is possible; that reforestation of degraded land is possible; and that exemplary governance is possible when ordinary citizens are informed, sensitized, mobilized and involved in direct action for the environment."
~ Wangari Maathai (Assistant Minister for Natural Resources)