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April 13, 2012
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International Sustainable Development and Connections to Duluth

What: Spring 2012 UMD Sustainability Fair
When: April 16 - 20
Where: UMD Library Rotunda and Kirby Student Center

Sustainability is the balance achieved when a society is able to provide for its own needs without compromising the needs of future generations. The Spring 2012 UMD Sustainability Fair will feature a number of engaging presentations about international sustainable development, while also highlighting connections with the Duluth community. Presentation topics currently include:

• Land Management Solutions in Finland
• Outdoor Living in Sweden
• Easing and Adapting to the Effects of Climate Change in Minnesota
• Understanding Renewable Energy in NE Minnesota
• Theatrics and Sustainability Education in western Africa

Presentations and Activities:

International Land Management and Sustainability
Presenter: Ken Gilbertson, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Master of Environmental Education faculty
11 am - Monday, April 16: Library Rotunda

Dr. Ken Gilbertson has studied sustainability of protected nature areas in Costa Rica, New Zealand, and extensively in Finland. Gilbertson will present what he has learned about sustainability in Finland and how the practices can be used in education for sustainability.

Nature Based Outdoor Recreation and Sustainability (aka Friluftsliv och Hållbarhet!)
Presenter: Tom Beery, Assistant Professor in Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Master of Environmental Education faculty
12 pm - Monday, April 16: Library Rotunda

Is there a "happy path" to sustainability? What is the link between nature-based outdoor recreation and sustainable behaviors? These questions will be explored based on Dr. Beery's research in Sweden as part of the Outdoor Recreation in Change national research program. In addition, a review of current relevant research in environmental behavior will assist in presenting an important direction for sustainability research.

Getting Ready for the Future: Adapting to a Changing Climate in the Great Lakes Region
Presenter: Diane Desotelle, Climate Extension Educator with Minnesota Sea Grant
11 am - Tuesday, April 17: Library Rotunda

Current trends in our northeast Minnesota climate have brought us warmer nights and winters, larger storms, less ice cover on lakes, and warmer water temperatures. While many efforts focus on the causes of these changes in order to mitigate for the trend, it's very important to consider how we can adapt to changes currently underway. This presentation will focus on trends of climate change in this region as well as steps our communities can take and what we can do at home to be better prepared for these changes.

The Duluth Climate Idols Project
Presenter: Liz Taylor, Duluth Sister Cities International
12 pm -Tuesday, April 17: Library Rotunda

Learn how three Duluth families were challenged to reduce their ecological footprint and greenhouse gas emissions during 2011. The Climate Idol families were challenged in 4 areas: Energy, Transportation, Food and Lifestyle. All four challenges were based on three steps: obtaining knowledge of the topic, making a survey of the current situation, and finally making a change. Learn how they met these challenges and what you can do to lessen your ecological footprint.

UMD Prepares: Rising Risks and Opportunities in Minnesota's Energy Enterprise
Presenter: Bill Mittlefehldt, Northeast Region Coordinator with MN Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
1 pm - Tuesday, April 17: Library Rotunda

UMD students confront a number of challenges: Minnesota imports 85% of our energy, and 38 percent of that is used in buildings, while 34 percent is used in transportation. These numbers generate risks and opportunities. At UMD you may develop the capacity and collaborative skills to cope with these challenges.

Bitter Tears: Poaching of Endangered Primates in African Tropical Rainforests
Presenter: Eddy and Co.
2 pm - Wednesday, April 18: Kirby Lounge

Through a theatrical presentation, learn about the issues of poaching, poverty and deforestation in the tropical rainforest of western Africa. This presentation will also focus on a discussion on how to use theater, song and story-telling as teaching and engagement tools for educating about sustainability.

Sustainability Displays: UMD and Community Organizations tabling in Kirby Student Center
Various campus and community groups
10 am-2 pm - Thursday, April 19: Kirby Student Center

Swedish Oro (Togetherness Crowns) Community Art Making Event
Hosted by: Alison Aune, associate professor of art education, and her art in elementary education classes Music by Rachael Kilgour at 10:30 and 12:30
10 am-1:30 pm - Thursday, April 19: Kirby Bus Hub

Campus cleanup
Meet along Kirby Drive near Swenson
3:30 pm-5:30 pm - Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19

All members of the UMD community are encouraged to help.

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