Maverick Student Voice - Minnesota State University, Mankato: A Green Campus

Construction of huge north-side solar array to start next month(02.23.2017) Mankato Free Press

New University Dining Hall officially christened at ceremony (02.07.2017) MSU Reporter

  • The building’s sustainability features, which include composting, LED lighting, daylight harvesting, heat reclaiming systems, variable speed fans and overhead hoods, and the reusing of gray water. She highlighted food waste and composting as one of the areas where the new building has already seen vast improvements in just the first month of operation.
  • “Last year, the old resident dining operation produced 26 bags of trash each day. Big bags of trash, the stuff that would go into the dumpster,” she said. “This university dining center has reduced that daily stream to two bags of trash, plus two bins of pulp organic materials that will get composted.”

City signs up for more solar (02/17/2017) Mankto Free Press

Mankato food-waste recycling expanding further (06.20.2016) Mankato Free Press

Mankato food composting getting cheaper, more convenient (06.5.2016) Mankato Free Press

MSU Hosts Sustainability Expo on Sunday (3.20.2016) KEYC

City to consider curbside food compost pick-up (03.11.2016) Mankato Free Press

Greater Mankato Bike Summit - April 2, 2016

Soybeans to solar: Boom is boon for landowners (02.20.2016) Mankato Free Press

Sunburst: The solar boom has hit south-central Minnesota (02.13.2016) Mankato Free Press

Mankato Eyes Energy Savings With Ameresco (1.12.2016) KEYC

Mankato woman goes solar for her home (12.20.2015) - Mankato Free Press

Mankato's Food Recycling Program Marks Six Months Of Success(12.19.2015) - KEYC

Push For Solar Power Expands To City Of Mapleton (11.18.2015) - KEYC

Sisters christen solar panels with prayers (09.03.2015) - Mankato Free Press

More big solar arrays coming to Blue Earth, Nicollet counties (08.29.2015) - Mankato Free Press

County considers buying in to solar (08.29.2015) - Mankato Free Press

Community solar garden approved for Mankato's north side (08.08.2015) - Mankato Free Press

Geronimo bringing another large solar array to Mankato (08.08.2015) - Mankato Free Press

MSU Campus Kitchen sprouting new sources of food - (07.02.2015) - Mankato Free Press

Organics Recycling begins in Mankato (06.20.2015) - Mankato Free Pres

The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen - MSU Common Read

NPR Food Waste Series

New dining hall going up at MSU (06.08.2015) Mankato Free Press

Food composting to be tried in Mankato (06.08.2015) Mankato Free Press

Bike advocates win statewide award (05.19.2015) Mankato Free Press

MSU Readies Official Climate Action Plan (04.28.2015) - MSU Reporter

Mankato to add 40 miles of new bike lanes (04.24.2015) Mankato Free Press

RecycleMania 2015

Climate Change in Minnesota - MPR Special Report (February 2015)

Blue Earth County Board supports greener landfill (11.26.20104) Mankato Free Press

MSU seeks input on carbon reduction plan (09.21.2014) - Mankto Free Press

North Mankato get first bike lanes (09.03.2014) - Mankato Free Press

Mankato a leader in wastewater recycling (08.10.2014)

First Steps Underway for Campus Energy Saving Program (07.29.2014)

Input Sought at Meeting on University's Carbon Footprint (07.29.2014)

Rack and Roll - (05.15.2014) - KEYC

Bicycling and walking to work is on the rise, both here and nationally(05.08.2014) Star Tribune

MnDOT Bicycle System Plan Forum (05.06.2014)

MSU Hosts Sustainability Expo (04.05.2014) KEYC

New expo emphasizes sustainability Recycling, waste reduction among featured topics (04.05.2014) Mankato Free Press

Kato's new waste hauler a big family business (03.28.2014) Mankato Free Press

U of M Professor, Author to Discuss Water Sustainability (01.30.2014) Reporter

MSU Going Even Greener (11.21.2013) Reporter

North Mankato goes to MIXED RECYCLING (11.01.2013) Mankato Free Press

Household Hazardous Waste ends up with BARRELS FULL (11.04.2013) Mankato Free Press

MPCA monitors soy plant emissions (11.04.2013) Mankato Free Press

From Triclosan to Dioxins: How your hand soap leads to an unanticipated environmental problem (10.23.2013)

  • 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

Simpler Recycling coming to Mankato - in 2015 (09.30.2013)

Carbon Footprint Analysis (09.24.2013)

City of Mankato achieves Step Two as a GreenStep City (05.16.2013)

The city of Mankato has recently been recognized by the GreenStep Cities program as a Step Two GreenStep City. To achieve this, the city implemented best practices that help achieve sustainability goals and cost savings and reduce energy use by:

continuing to offer low and in-grant programs designed to improve efficiency for residents and property owners.

Mankato was the first southern and outstate city in Minnesota to commit to the GreenStep Cities program, an effort of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

MSU presents wish list of campus improvements (4.3.2013) Mankato Free Press

Campus screening of Bill Moyers’ “Is God Green?” generates discussion on faith, environmentalism (March 2013)

New Waste Disposal Deal Ups Recycling at MSU (11.28.2012)

Partnership with LJP Waste and Recycle to save $25,000 Annually(11.27.2012)

Purple/Gold Recycling Bins land as LJP Waste & Recycle becomes a partner in managing MSU's campus waste stream. (11.2012)

University to Save $119,000 Annually in Heating Costs (11.20.2012)

Retired News Anchor Advocates for Clean Energy (10.11.2012) MSU Reporter

Green Fee Gets Green Light (May 23, 2012) MSU Reporter

Area ‘medals’ in bicycling (May 13, 2012) Mankato Free Press

Organic Compost Site Approved (April 25, 2012) Mankato Free Press

Ditch Your Car, Possibly Get a Prize During Bike Week (April 16, 2012)

Good to be Green (April 2012) - MSU Today

MSU Students to vote on bus fee (April 8, 2012) Mankato Free Press

Arrow Ace Hardware accepts Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (March 29, 2012)

Green Transportation Fee Proposed (March 28, 2012)

One-Time Non-Base Investment Fund Projects (March 2012)

Local Residents Participate in a Statewide Bicycling Study - (February 28, 2012) KEYC

MSU Parking Future - Bus Ridership (February 28, 2012) MSU Reporter

Kurtis Malecha, an undergraduate at Minnesota State Mankato had a big idea-how to better protect our world from nuclear waste.

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

Built Environment and Construction Conference - February 2, 2012

IT Services - Green Electric Utility Vehicles

Green building group to start in Mankato (January 9, 2012) Mankato Free Press

New Environmental Committee Charter - November 2011 (PDF)

Big Ideas Campaign Kickoff (October 27, 2011)

  • CSU Ballroom
  • October 27, 2011
  • 10am
  • 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

2011 Minnesota Bicycle Tourism Summit (November 3, 2011) Mankato Free Press

Plastic Recycling to grow in Mankato (October 8, 2011) - Mankato Free Press

Sustainable Students (Sept 2011) - MSU Reporter

MSU Leaders Talk ‘Big Ideas,’ New Building at MSSA Meeting (Sept 2011)

Solar Thermal Wall Study (Sept 2011)

Ross Brandt - URSI Grad Student - MSU video (Sept 2011)

Brad Cook - Wetlands - MSU video (Sept 2011)

Iron Range Engineering students win entrepreneur award (August 2011)

Construction Management accredited for five years (August 2011)

Xe Xang Student Story

Cycling advocates: If you build it, they will bike (June 2011)

Research shows solar walls effective in large buildings (June 2011)

Water Resources Center helping to clean up lake (May 2011)

University receives large tract of prairie, wetland for research (May 2011)

New environmental research site to be dedicated (May 2011)

Mankato/North Mankato honored as bike-friendly community (May 2011)

Centennial Student Union RenovationCSU Ballroom - Sustainability Posters

  • Low VOC Paints and Sealants
    • The paints and sealants in this renovation contain low levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs released into the air can cause health issues including breathing problems, headache, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and nausea. Some VOCs have also been linked to cancer and damage to the kidney, liver, and central nervous system.
  • Reuse of Exisiting Woods and Hardware
    • The existing wood from the ballroom is from a nearly extinct species of Minnesotan Fir tree. This wood is being repurposed in the ceiling, preserving this wood for another generation. Additionally the parquet floor is being refinished and preserved, along with other existing hardware.
  • LED Lighting
    • LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are a very efficient and durable lighting option. LEDs use less than one quarter of the energy of incandescent lights and last up to 50,000 hours before being replaced. They also produce very little heat which helps to significantly lower cooling costs.
  • Reduced HVAC Loads
    • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning requires a substantial amount of energy to create a comfortable environment. Through reducing loads placed on this system by lowering the amount of heat generated and efficiently placing ducts and vents, the entire system can be reduced in size, saving money, energy, and creating a healthier, more comfortable environment overall.

MSU Reporter - the Green Issue (04.21.2011) 8MB (PDF)

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

Memorial Library - Power Check Energy Meters Available (PDF)

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

Bike donations sought

  • A bike share program to assist international students who have no means of transportation has been organized by the Friendship Family Program Advisory Committee, and the committee is seeking donated bicycles.
  • The program will loan bicycles to Friendship Family student members. Usable bikes can be donated by contacting Cita Maignes (Kearney International Center) at or (507) 389-1281. A Bike Share Program Application is at

December 1, 2010 - Cutting waste Sodexo helps MSU become more environmentally conscious

October 20, 2010 - Minnesota Center for Automotive Research providing alternative-fuels data

October 4, 2010 - 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

September 23, 2010 - Ribbon Cutting Center of Renewable Energy (CORE) Research Lab.

  • 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.
  • Mankato Free Press Story
  • KEYC Story

Bring Biking Back (October 2009)

Civil Engineering students design plan for bicycle trail connecting St. Peter, Mankato (May 2008)

Hybrid Bike Lanes Arrive at MSU (April 2007)

WIRED renewable energy labor force (June 2006)

Windstock aims to generate support for wind turbines (November 2006)

MSU Minnesota Center for Sustainable Energy Focuses on Finding Renewable Sources of Fuel (Spring 2005)