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Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Lisa Erwin, welcomes sustainability leaders to UMD for SELFsustain 2018.

Vice Chancellor Lisa Erwin welcomes student sustainability leaders to UMD

University of Minnesota Student Engagement Leadership Forum on Sustainability (SELFsustain)  - Sponsored by the Institute on the Environment, this annual conference brings together student leaders to share ideas, empower each other, and make progress on sustainability projects across all U of MN campuses!

UMD Sun Delegation

The UMD SUN Delegation includes students interested in taking action and encouraging the University of Minnesota to invest in solar.  Their objective is to expand solar at UMD, whether through installations, subscriptions, or solar purchases. SUN Delegates have also focused on raising awareness and support for solar on campus, gathering resources and tools to evaluate and prioritize future solar sites for campus.  Their progress on solar development includes not only education opportunities, but also raising funds, applying for assistance, planning and executing projects, including a 40 kW solar photovoltaic system to be installed at UMD in May 2018. 

The SUN Delegation started as part of a program of the Solar Endowment project which is funded by the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative and managed by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The partners other than the University of Minnesota were: Purdue, University of Illinois and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. At the University of Minnesota the project was being led by the Energy Transition Lab with the guidance of the Institute on the Environment.

2017-2018 School Year

Students in the Solar University Network Delegation at UMD, 2017-2018

  • Madelaine Sinclair  (Finance/German Studies)
  • Bailee Coughlin (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Aidan Fawcett  (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Mellisa Ofori (undeclared - Biology)
  • Trevor Struve (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Chris Gass (Environment and Sustainability)
  • Ashley Murr (Civil Engineering)
  • Sophie Zupon (Environment and Sustainability)
  • Charles Stenstrom (Environment and Sustainability)
  • Max Schuessler (Fall 2017 University of Siegen, research exchange student)
  • David Herrera (Student Association, Sustainability Director)

2016-2017 School Year

sun delegations last meeting

  • Madelaine Sinclair  (Finance/German Studies)
  • Bailee Coughlin (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Zachary Koop  (Physics/Electrical Engineering)
  • Mercedes Gohl (Environment and Sustainability)
  • Randall Sedlachek (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Aidan Fawcett  (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Kennedy Mosher (Biology)
  • Cassie Ortberg (Environmental Science)
  • Corey Plesch (Geography/Environment and Sustainability)
  • Paul Vaynshenk (Electrical Engineering)
  • Jacob Bray (Civil Engineering)

2015-2016 School Year 

  • Madelaine Sinclair (Finance/German Studies) 
  • Carissa Kloncz (Chemical Engineering)
  • Garrick Stokes (Political Science/German Studies)
  • Reine Nguyen (Economics)
  • Sydney Carlson 

UMD Student Organizations

Over 250 student organizations are supported at UMD through Kirby Student Center, including these sustainability-minded groups (email to add your group to this list):

Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC)  (currently seeking new student leadership!  Contact for more information)

“We are a student group interested in promoting sustainability in the University and its community. We aim to do this by holding events to educate the people on what sustainability is, how it can be achieved, and why it is so important. We also help facilitate student-led projects to improve sustainability efforts on campus.”

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group

“MPIRG is a non-profit, non-partisan, student funded, student led, statewide, grassroots advocacy organization that is focused on improving the community, as well as focusing on state, national, and global issues. We organize on Issues such as the Environment, Youth Voter Engagement, and Affordable Higher Education.”

Net Impact

“Net Impact is a global nonprofit that supports a new generation of leaders working across sectors to transform the world. We put our values to work for good on campuses, in our doing so, we show the world that it is possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and the planet too.”

Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences (S.E.R.V.E.)

“S.E.R.V.E. is a student led volunteer group on the UMD campus.  We help get students out into the community to volunteer with an array of different organizations.  Our group is ideal for students who need volunteer hours for class, are looking to build a resume, or just to have fun!”