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Events - Archive

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Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 256

Climate Action Plan Kickoff Workshop

Campus Pictures

  • September 24, 2014
  • 8:30am - 9:30am
  • Centennial Student Union Ballroom
  • More Information

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Campus and Community Fair - Sept. 4Campus Community Fair

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 203

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU

6th Annual Dam Bike Ride to Rapidan

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (June 25, 2014 rain date)
  • Meet at CSU Main Entrance @ 3 p.m.
  • Bike to Rapidan Dam
  • Eat at Dam Store
  • 10.5 miles one way
  • Bike on the Red Jacket Trail
  • Greater Mankato Bike Map (PDF)
  • We will meet at the fountain on campus and make the 10.5 mile excursion to the Dam Store for pie and H20. Once our bellies are filled with sugar and "fuel" (water) we will head back to campus!

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU

Campus Beautification - May 6, 2014

Earth Day - April 22, 2014

Information Table in CSU

  • April 22, 2014
  • CSU Main Level
  • 11:30-1pm
  • Recyclemania Results

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU

Sustainability Expo 2014

  • April 5, 2014
  • 10am-4pm
  • CSU Ballroom

RecycleManiaRecycle Mania Tournament

  • February 2 - March 29th

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU Heritage Room

Information Table in CSU

  • March 20, 2014
  • CSU Main Level
  • 11-1pm
  • Recyclemania containers
  • Signup Sheets
  • Free Pizza

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • SU202

Dr. Deborah SwackhamerDeborah Swackhamer - Water Sustainability: Planning for the Future Generations

  • Watch on MavTube
  • Images from Presentation
  • Water Sustainability: Planning for Future Generations
  • Professor of Science, Technologyand Public Policy Co-Director of the Water Resources Center University of Minnesota
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014
  • 12-2pm
  • Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium
  • Free and open to the public
  • Parking:  Visitors may park in the Pay Lot and receive a free pass at the presentation
  • Dr. Swackhamer is the lead author of the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a first-ever, comprehensive report commissioned by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature and designed to protect and preserve Minnesota lakes, rivers and groundwater for the 21st century and beyond.
  • MSU Reporter Article

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  • 3-4pm
  • SU202

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • SU202

Environmental Committee MeetingCampus Pictures

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • SU202

ESC Minnesota Chapter Minnesota's NEW Guaranteed Energy Saving Program Educational Workshop

  • November 6, 2013 - 9AM to 3:30PM - Mankato, MN

From Triclosan to Dioxins: How your hand soap leads to an unanticipated environmental problem

  • William Arnold, professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, will deliver two lectures at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Monday, Oct. 28 as part of the 24th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.
  • Arnold will give a general talk at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium
  • Prior to his evening lecture, Arnold will give a technical talk at 10 a.m. in the Trafton Science Center (Room TR C124) entitled, “Abiotic Transformations of Pesticides in Prairie Potholes,” in which Arnold will discuss why the prairie pothole region in central North America is one the most extensively altered ecosystems on earth.
  • Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Cords by phone at 507-389-1963 or by email at christine.cords@mnsu.edu.

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • WA130

Pesticides in Wetlands and Effect of Personal Care Product Chemicals on Environment

  • William Arnold, professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, will deliver two lectures at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Monday, Oct. 28 as part of the 24th annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship.
  • 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium titled “From Triclosan to Dioxins: How your hand soap leads to an unanticipated environmental problem.”

SE CERT Mankato & Gustavus Clean Energy Tour Clean Energy Resource Teams

  • Friday, October 11, 2013
  • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Mankato, MN

Carbon Footprint Analysis

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 204

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 204

Campus and Community Fair - Sept. 4

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Dam Bike Ride to Rapidan

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013
  • Meet at CSU Main Entrance @ 3 p.m.
  • Bike to Rapidan Dam
  • Eat at Dam Store
  • 10.5 Miles one way
  • Bike on the Red Jacket Trail
  • Greater Mankato Bike Map (PDF)
  • We will meet at the fountain on campus and make the 10.5 mile excursion to the Dam Store for pie and H20. Once our bellies are filled with sugar and "fuel" (water) we will head back to campus!

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 204

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 204

Residential Life - Dumpster Diversion Program

The Dumpster Diversion Program collects useful items you would otherwise throw away and diverts them to area thrift stores so they can be used by others. This popular program is a joint venture of the Department of Residential Life and serveral non-profits including Habitat for Humanity ReStore and MVAC Again Thrift & More Store.

Available during these times:

  • Thursday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May is National Bike Month

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 204

Earth Day - April 22, 2013

  • Display and resources in CSU
  • Learn about MSU's Recycling
  • Recycle electronic items: accept any small electronics such as small printers, cell phones, phones, dvd players, VCR, alarm clocks,calculators, watches keyboards, mice, computer towers etc.
  • Library Materials (PDF)
  • Poster (PDF)
  • Presentation Slides (PPT)
  • earthday.org
  • Pictures

Climate Change and Clean Energy Solutions in Minnesota

  • Tuesda, April 23, 2013
  • 7pm
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy science policy director
  • St. John's Episcopal Church, 302 Warrent Street
  • Poster (PDF)

Facilities - Earth Day and Flower Planting Day

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2013 (changed from May 8th)
  • 12:30pm Brownies, Rice Crispy Bars, Lemonade and Water will be Served on the Mall by the Large Planter
  • 1:00 Planting & Clean-up Begins
  • Sign-Up Form (PDF)
  • Pictures
  • Gardens

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • Wiecking Center

Booth at Resource Fair

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013
  • CSU Ballroom

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 202

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU 101 – Heritage Room

Jonathan Bloom, Author, American Wasteland.

  • Centennial Student Union
  • 7 p.m.
  • To discuss food production and waste in the USA.
  • November 13, 2012

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week - November 2012

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • Wiecking Center Conference Room

Mark Seeley, U of M Climatologist

  • Thursday, October 4, 2012
  • 5-6:30pm
  • Ostrander Auditorium
  • Poster (PDF)
  • Video

Geography Dept Fall 2012 Colloquia

2012 International BioEnergy Days - October 8th-9th

The IBED conference is about reporting on the latest innovative projects that fit business needs.  Enroll to meet with the business people from Sweden and the U.S. Take the opportunity to share ideas and make new business connections. 

  • Program highlights include:
  • Biomass for residential and district heating and cooling
  • BioGas, liquid biofuels and biorefinery products
  • Economics of bioenergy
  • Biomaterials

Conference speakers on October 8 and 9 include:

  • Colleen Landkamer; Minnesota State Director, USDA Rural Development, “Renewable Energy Spurs Job Creation and Innovation”
  • Fran Swain; Strategic Development Manager for POET, “The Future is Now - Integrated Biorefineries”
  • Don Shelby, BringMetheNews and former news reporter and WCCO Anchor, “Breaking away:  Achieving Energy Security with Renewable Resources”
  • Dr. William Strauss; President of FutureMetrics, “The Dollars and Sense of BioEnergy”
  • Will Steger, Arctic and Antarctic Explorer, “Linking Economics to My Personal Observations on Climate Change”

Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center

  • Modeling Parking Demand on Campus
  • Presentation by Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, a second year Graduate Student at the Urban and Regional Studies Institute who recently completed his thesis on "Modeling Parking Demand - A Systems Approach to Parking Policy Analysis on Campus
  • CSU202
  • 12 - 1pm
  • October 5, 2012
  • Free
  • Brown bag lunch event

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Dam Bike Ride to Rapidan

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Bike-to-Work Week 2012: May 14-18, 2012

Earth Day 2012 @ MSU - May 2, 2012

  • Meet @ 12 Noon - The Earley Center for Performing Arts
  • Hot Dogs & Chips served
  • 12:30pm - Planting and Clean-up Begins
  • MSU Facilities Management cordially invites YOU to help us observe EARTH DAY 2012.  An annual celebration here at MSU, we observe this day by improving our campus environs.  New this year, a carefully selected blend of more sustainable, less water consumptive perennials will replace a portion of the shorter-lived, water and labor intensive annuals.  The blooming period will be extended and water will be conserved through this initiative.
  • Come join your friends and colleagues for this time of fun, food and beautification on our campus.  Volunteers will be treated to a 12 Noon kickoff snack of hot dogs and chips, followed by an afternoon of improvement projects such as preparation of beds, planting flowers and collecting litter.  Old growth will be composted and returned to the earth to help fertilize future plantings.
  • Wisconsin State Fair BLUE RIBBON WINNING HOT DOGS are being donated in support of the event by R J’s Meats, of Hudson, Wisconsin. 
  • Please join us in celebrating EARTH DAY, while making Minnesota State University's campus sparkle.
  • Respond to Donna Hensel as to who is participating, whether you plan to clean-up or plant, and if you would like a specific area.

Living Green Expo - Twin Cities

  • May 5-6, 2012

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 28, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU285

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 29, 2012
  • 3-4pm
  • CSU204

Arctic explorer/environmental witness to speak about polar travels and climate change

  • February 28, 2012
  • 4:30-6 pm
  • Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union
  • MSU Reporter Article

Greek Life students coordinating initiative to help Ronald McDonald House - February 10, 2012

Built Environment and Construction Conference - February 2, 2012

Geography Colloquim - Fall 2011

Modeling the Hydrological Effects of Land Use Change

  • Dr. Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, and Director of the Global Institute for Water Security
  • This free event is open to the public including interested students and faculty. A short presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.
  • Sponsored by: Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center
  • Come with or without your lunch to:
    • AH 13, 12 to 1 pm
    • November 4, 2011

Big Ideas Campaign Kickoff

  • CSU Ballroom
  • October 27, 2011
  • 10am
  • mnsu.edu/bigideascampaign
  • Video
  • Minnesota State Mankato announces its biggest campaign
  • Big Ideas Campaign kicks off with $75 million goal
  • Green Highlights
    • One Big Ideas Campaign opportunity is a new College of Business Global Solutions Center. The center, to be housed in a new wing of Morris Hall, will provide space for cross-disciplinary research teams of faculty, staff and students who will examine solutions to global problems such as water quality, energy consumption and health care.
    • The campaign also seeks to create a Purple-and-Gold-Into-Green Fund that will encourage research into new sustainable living products and procedures.
    • Environmental Humanities
    • CSET
      • Water Management and Conservation, Passive and Active Water Filtration
      • Renewable Energy, Transportation and Green Construction

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 204

The Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center (canceled)

  • The presenter, Dr. Michael Pasqualetti, is not available on that day
  • Brown Bag Lunch on Renewable Energy
  • Dr. Michael Pasqualetti, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.
  • His areas of expertise include renewable energy, energy landscapes, emerging technologies, and alternative fuels.
  • This free event is open to the public including interested students and faculty. A short presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.
  • Come with or without your lunch to:
    • AH 13
    • 12 to 1 pm
    • October 7, 2011

MSU Fair Trade Campaign

  • Birdsong & Coffee: A Wake Up Call in Ostrander Auditorium on October 6th at 5pm
  • Lee Wallace, owner of Peace Coffee, will speak on Oct. 11th from 5pm-6:30pm in CSU 253
    • How Fair Trade works in the world of International Relations:
    • Is it possible for a company to be ethical, sustainable, and still play a part in the global market all while producing a profitable business in this economy?
    • Lee Wallace, CEO of Peace Coffee in Minneapolis Minnesota, runs a fair trade coffee company and will be speaking on this issue. If you are curious on how the fair trade model really works in the world market, in these economic times, please come and join us for this presentation. This event is free and open to MSU and the public. Questions are welcome!

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • CSU 123

The Envision 2020 Energy Conservation Task Force - Sept. 21, 2011

  • Presentation by J. Michael Orange of the Minnesota Climate Change Corps regarding community greenhouse gas inventories.  Michael will be discussing community-wide greenhouse gas inventories and the benefits they can offer communities in becoming more sustainable and environmentally-conscious. The Energy Conservation Task Force has been working on such an assessment much of this year.   
  • Wednesday, September 21st, 1PM – 2PM, with time for questions and discussion after
  • Location: City of Mankato Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Blue Earth River Room (First Floor, located behind elevator)
  • Parking is available via several nearby parking ramps. 
  • The Minnesota Climate Change Corps is an initiative of the Minnesota Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program, and is funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

  • Environmental geochemist George Helz will discuss advances in environmental chemistry during the 22nd annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 19.
  • His talk, “Environmental Chemistry in the Half Century since Silent Spring,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
  • Helz, chemistry/biochemistry professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, also will discuss how scientists can improve the treatment of wastewater in a technical talk for students and faculty, “Making Chlorine Greener,” at 11 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.
  • The annual Ford lecture is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Geology. Those who want more information may contact Christine Cords (Registrar) at (507) 389-1963 or email christine.cords@mnsu.edu.

Campus Community Fair - August 31, 2011

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 191

Welcome Week 2011 - August 19, 2011

Go Green! Join the MSU Environmental Committee for an eco-tour around campus (AH 216) from 10-11am. Learn about campus environmental practices and how to reduce your carbon footprint while as student.

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • CSU 191

Dam Bike Ride to Rapidan

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • CSU 191

May is National Bike Month

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • CSU

Facilities Earth Day and Flower Planting Day

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  • 12:00 Hot Dogs and Chips servied
  • Meet on the Mall by the Large Planter
  • 12:30 Planting & Clean-up Begins
  • Pictures
  • MSU Gardens

Water Resource Center - Open House

  • Monday, April 25, 2011 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
  • TS 189

Earth Day - April 22, 2011

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 202

Aveda Vice President Chuck Bennett to discuss ‘Green Leadership’ April 14, 2011

Tapped (film) - Ostrander Auditorium, 2 - 4pm, April 14, 2011

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 204

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 204

Construction Showcase

  • More than 100 students and 50 industry representatives are expected at the Construction Products Showcase Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
  • The event is being coordinated by the Construction Management Department.
  • Exhibits will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seminars starting at 10 a.m. will include "Designing with Solid Surfaces" by Sarah Elliott of LG Hausys America; "Environmental Issues" by Chris Anderson of USG Building Systems; "Selective Coatings" by Ken Modeen of Marvin Windows and Doors; and "Windows in Sustainable Design" by Jay Sandgren of Andersen Windows.

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 238 - Nickerson Room

Festi Food Drive

  • Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
  • In the Lower Level of the MSU Student Union
  • 7pm - midnight
  • Live Local Music including:
    • Murder on the Moon, Shotgun Fiction, Dr. Lee and the Terminally Chill and Pat, Ryan and Luke from Useful Jenkins
  • Admission:
    • 3 food or toiletry items/$3 as a suggested donation. 
    • No one will be turned away!
  • Drive will benefit:
    • ECHO food shelf
    • Campus Kitchen
    • the local Food Not Bombs organization
  • PRIZE DRAWING
    • Each additional item donated after the first three will get your name entered for a chance to win a prize!
    • Must be present to win. Drawing will be held at the end of the event.

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 203 - Daniel Buck Room

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 203 - Daniel Buck Room

Fair Trade Campus and Events

Environmental Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • CSU 203 - Daniel Buck Room

Sustainability Education Session

Ribbon Cutting Center of Renewable Energy (CORE) Research Lab.

  • September 23, 2010
  • 421 Malin Street (parking lot behind Wiecking Center)
  • The $1.8-million, 6,300-square-foot Center of Renewable Energy has been under construction since November 2009 on the northwest corner of the campus, near Wiecking Center.
  • Approximately 4,800 square feet of the center will be used by the Minnesota Center for Automotive Research, as an emissions laboratory for testing on- and off-road vehicles powered by a variety of fuels and hybrid systems.
  • Another 1,500 square feet is for International Renewable Energy Technology Institute (IRETI) testing of combustible solid fuel and biogas building heating units.
  • KEYC Story
  • Pictures

Connect by Hertz Car Rental On Campus

  • Available to students age 18+
  • No Gas or Insurance Charges - Its all Included!
  • Rent by the hour or by the day starting at $8/hr
  • connectbyhertz.com

New endowment from Anne, John Frey supports undergrad renewable energy research - June 23, 2010

Vincent Winstead (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented the 2010 Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. He discussed “Energy Independence through Wind Power: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future.” - April 12, 2010