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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Maverick Sustainability

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Maverick Sustainability: Where Do We Go from Here?

  • Tuesday, March 20th, 7-8:30pm
  • Ostrander Auditorium, CSU

The Minnesota State Mankato Climate Action Plan (MSU-CAP), an initiative of the Environmental Committee with consultant Sebesta and in partnership with the Urban and Regional Studies Institute, was developed during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The MSU-CAP places under one umbrella the work of many groups on campus to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and to make the University more sustainable.  Since its inception, much progress has been made toward its goals.  To highlight a few of the many achievements the University has made:

  • The Environmental Committee demonstrated that the University has reduced its carbon footprint by 6.8% over a four-year period.
  • Facilities Management brought the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program to campus, which will reduce the carbon footprint by an additional 9%, while at the same time reducing energy use and saving the University money over the long run.
  • The new Clinical Sciences Building and the new University Dining Center incorporate many state-of-the-art sustainability features, including food waste collection for composting at the new dining hall.
  • Bus ridership in Mankato has nearly doubled on the University routes` as a result of the Green Transportation Fee, allowing students to use their university ID to board city buses.

To celebrate our collective achievements and point the way forward, we invite Mr. James Jacquart to speak about his experiences driving sustainability initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Dr. Paul Prew, Associate Professor of Sociology, Co-Chair of the Environmental Committee: “Brief Introduction” Keynote speaker:  James Jacquart, head of the Office of Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth: “Maverick Sustainability: Where Do We Go from Here?”

About the keynote speaker

Mr.  Jacquart has a B.A. in History from Minnesota State Mankato and an M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  He became head of the Office of Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives at U Mass Dartmouth in 2012.  His office has achieved these distinctions for U Mass Dartmouth:

  • Named a “Leading by Example” institution by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in 2008 (the only public higher education institution of 29 in Massachusetts to receive this honor), again in 2014 (one of two public higher education institutions) and in 2015 with his colleagues from the UMass system.
  • Listed in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for the past five years.

More Further Information

Contact: Paul Prew, Co-Chair Environmental Committee,