April 13, 2007
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830 email@example.com
Candice Richards, Associate Director, Facilities Management (218) 726-8261 firstname.lastname@example.org
"Beautiful UMD" Days Emphasizes Environmental Awareness
The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) celebrates its "Beautiful UMD" days with three presentations on the topics of environmental awareness and energy conservation, April 17-20.
The public is cordially invited to all events.
12 noon in the Kirby Student Center, Room 323
Dean Talbot from Minnesota Power will give a presentation about renewable energy. In his presentation Talbot will discuss the following topics: usage of photovoltaic panels; small wind turbine generators; solar, water and space heating; and site requirements for different renewable energy systems. He will also speak about the various incentives available for renewable energy, cost effective ways to save energy, and the ways renewable energy and energy conservation should work together. A variety of regional case studies will be featured.
12 noon in UMD Library Rotunda (fourth floor)
"A Greener UMD" is the topic of UMD Facilities Management presentation, which will discuss university's environmental stewardship initiatives. Those include UMD's storm water management, energy saving and waste management programs. The presentation will also cover UMD initiative to protect Lake Superior, with a theme of "A Great University Protecting A Great Lake"
April 19 and 20
12 noon in UMD Rain Garden (meet at the rain garden sign nearest to College St.)
Tours of the UMD Rain Garden will be guided by Peggy Dahlberg, UMD Facilities Management Landscape Supervisor. The informational tour will give insight to: where the water flows, what plants are being planted this spring and how the rain garden impacts the watershed.
The UMD Rain Garden covers approximately one third of and acre and can hold over 60,000 gallons of water. Storm water from 2.5 acres of the parking lot (Lot B) is directed to the settling basin where sand and debris sink to the bottom. As the settling basin fills, water then overflows in the rain garden. Some of the water is used by the plants, some will evaporate, some will soak into the ground and some will be released into the storm sewer.