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Sept. 28: University Climate Action Plan to be Highlighted in Tour for Urban Planners

Professionals from around the state will see successful outcomes at Minnesota State Mankato on the tour.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-22-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Professional urban planners for local governments, regional agencies and the private sector from throughout Minnesota will tour Minnesota State University, Mankato from 9:15-11:45 a.m. Thursday to learn how the University created and implemented a multidisciplinary Climate Action Plan that has reduced greenhouse gas emissions while making the campus more sustainable.

The campus tour is part of a three-day Minnesota American Planning Association Conference, to be held Sept. 27-29 in Mankato. This year’s conference theme is “Around the Bend: What’s Next for Planning,” with a focus on the future of community planning.

Media members are encouraged to join the campus tour and see outcomes of mitigating, adaptive and promotion strategies that were part of the University’s Climate Action Plan.

Media members should contact Russell Fricano, assistant professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute, by phone at 507-389-1540 or by email at for more details about the tour.

While at Minnesota State Mankato, tour attendees will see examples of energy efficient lighting, and a water bottle filling station; visit the Campus Kitchen garden and a bicycle repair station; see examples of daylighting and composting at the University Dining Center; see energy-efficient boilers; and see and learn about electric charging stations, solar panels and the University’s car-sharing program.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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