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University Climate Action Plan to be Highlighted in Tour for Urban Planners - September 28, 2017
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.
Conference Booklet (PDF)
28th Annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship with Sarah Hobbie“Interacting global element cycles: Nitrogen constraints on the changing global carbon cycle - September 18 - 10am - Ostrander
Mankato caters to growing community by adding more bike repair stations - (09.08.2017) Star Tribune
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
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
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)
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 email@example.com.
New Fixit Bicycle Repair Stands (10.02.2013)
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:
- providing high quality water;
- being committed to historical preservation efforts;
- achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in the city including Orness Plaza, the Public Safety Center and Mankato Area Public Schools' Rosa Parks Elementary School;
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
The Master Plan (4.4.2013) MSU Reporter
MSU presents wish list of campus improvements (4.3.2013) Mankato Free Press
MSU Mankato Looks at 5 Year Plan (4.3.2013) KEYC.tv
Campus screening of Bill Moyers’ “Is God Green?” generates discussion on faith, environmentalism (March 2013)
MSU Mankato participating in RecycleMania 2013 (1.23.2013)
New Waste Disposal Deal Ups Recycling at MSU (11.28.2012) KEYC.tv
Purple/Gold Recycling Bins land as LJP Waste & Recycle becomes a partner in managing MSU's campus waste stream. (11.2012)
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) KEYC.tv
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)
- Campus Renewable Energy Utilization (PDF)
- Renewable Energy-Hybrid State Passenger Fleet Vehicles Funding (PDF)
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
Green building group to start in Mankato (January 9, 2012) Mankato Free Press
Big Ideas Campaign Kickoff (October 27, 2011)
- CSU Ballroom
- October 27, 2011
- 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
- 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
Fair Trade Awareness (October 8, 2011) - KEYC
Plastic Recycling to grow in Mankato (October 8, 2011) - Mankato Free Press
Sustainable Students (Sept 2011) - MSU Reporter
Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus - (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)
- 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)
- Back to a beautiful campus
- Farmers’ Market celebrates 35 years
- ‘Trashy’ art pays it forward
- The price we pay
Tapped (film) - April 14, 2011, 2 - 4pm Ostrander Auditorium
Memorial Library - Power Check Energy Meters Available (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 389-1281. A Bike Share Program Application is at www.mnsu.edu/international/forms.html.
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