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March 20: 'Maverick Sustainability: Where Do We Go from Here?'

Alumnus James Jacquart to discuss future of sustainability on campus.

2018-03-21
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-13-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato alumnus James Jacquart, assistant director for campus sustainability and residential initiatives at UMass Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Mass., will discuss the future of sustainability at Minnesota State Mankato in a presentation Tuesday, March 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the University’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in Centennial Student Union.

Jacquart’s presentation, titled “Maverick Sustainability: Where Do We Go from Here?”, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in University gold lots after 6:30 p.m. Free parking passes for the visitor pay lot on Ellis Avenue in front of Centennial Student Union will be available at the event.

Jacquart’s office at UMass Dartmouth has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased recycling rates and received the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Leading by Example Award in 2008 and 2014.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Environmental Committee is sponsoring Jacquart’s presentation, which is intended to help the University accelerate its sustainability efforts, said Paul Prew, associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and co-chair of the University’s Environmental Committee.

The University has already made significant progress in campus sustainability, according to Prew, with the following included in the University’s many achievements:

  • The University has reduced its carbon footprint by 6.8 percent over a four-year period through programs implemented by Facilities Management.
  • Facilities Management brought the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program to campus, which will reduce the carbon footprint by an additional 9 percent, while at the same time reducing energy use and saving the University money.
  • The new University Dining Center has reduced waste by 92% and is collecting food waste for composting.
  • Bus ridership in Mankato has increased because of the green transportation fee that allows students to use their university identification card to board city buses.
  • The University’s Environmental Committee along with consultant Sebesta (now NV5) and in partnership with the University’s Urban and Regional Studies Institute, created the Climate Action Plan in the 2014-2015 academic year. The University’s Sustainability Expo, Bicycle Friendly Campus and Recyclemania initiatives were developed as part of the plan.

For more information, contact Paul Prew by phone at 507-389-5674 or by email at paul.prew@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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