Campus Sustainability Projects

One of the primary goals of UMACS is to serve as a resource to aid in the sharing of information between Midwest colleges and universities. We believe that campus sustainability is best seen as a cooperative endeavor where all schools help to share successes and failures, insights and lessons learned.

Here you will find a database of sustainability projects happening at nearby institutions. Many of these projects are published automatically from campus news feeds, others have been submitted.

Use the search function above to quickly find projects you are interested in.

Add your project directly or email the URL of your school's sustainability news feed to

Chancellor Johnson Elected Chair of AASHE Board

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a national association of colleges and universities working to create a sustainable future.

Land Stewardship Project Citizens' Frac Sand Summit

On Sat., Jan. 18 at the Tau Center in Winona, join others from around the region for the Land Stewardship Project Citizens' Frac Sand Summit.  The Summit will bring citizens together to share strategy, learn from experts as well as each other and strengthen the movement to keep frac sand mining from destroying our communities. 

Agricultural Innovation Prize - $215,000 for students to change the food system

The Agricultural Innovation Prize is a competition for students to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world's population.

Morris Students Showcase Campus Sustainability

Morris students, staff, and faculty attended the fifth annual Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference to discuss campus sustainability efforts.

Rasmussen Travels with Delegation to Germany

The Minnesota delegation will attend a conference to explore energy opportunities between Minnesota and North Rhine-Westphalia.

West Side Early Childhood Center Receives National Certification as Nature Explore Classroom

On Nov. 5, the West Side Early Childhood Center, located in Decorach, earned national certification as a Nature Explore Classroom from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. West Side Early Childhood Center joins a growing network of organizations and institutions that have created effective nature-based outdoor learning environments for children. This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support and continuous development.

Rob Hogg to present Luther College guest lecture Nov. 14

Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building on Luther's campus.

Eger Continues Service to Morris as MN GreenCorps Member

Heidi Eger '13 strives to make fresh and locally grown foods available on campus and in the community.

EPA Recognizes the University of Minnesota, Morris for Leading Green Power Use

Onsite generation supports new development of clean renewable resources.

Luther College Reuse Sale

The Reuse Sale sells a variety of items no longer needed by the College.

Luther Presenters at AASHE Conference

On Oct. 6-9, 2013, three Luther students and four faculty/staff attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Luther to host 5th UMACS Conference

On November 7-9, people from all over the Midwest will flock to Luther for the Upper Midwest Association for College Sustainability (UMACS) Conference to learn about campus sustainability, present posters, and meet others passionate about sustainability on college campuses.

Students Organize Environmental Forum

Morris students cosponsored a forum with arctic explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton.

University of Minnesota Students Win National Sustainability Leadership Award

"Next Generation Environmental Leaders" from Morris and Twin Cities campuses honored for their work with Governor Mark Dayton's 2013 Environmental Congress.

Composting in the Green Prairie

Students have established a new and sustainable waste disposal process in the Green Prairie Community.

Real Food Rising Summit

The Real Food Rising Summit is being hosted in Minneapolis on October 11-14th. This summit brings together over 250 student leaders from colleges and universities around the country for a full weekend of training, strategizing, and action.

Fall Chapel Series Features Sustainability

The fall Chapel series "What we need is here: Living in Sustainable Communities" will draw from texts throughout Scripture and from the wisdom of various disciplines to engage in conversation about sustainable living in everything from the environment to our own schedules. 

Søren Hermansen Lecture

Søren Hermansen of Denmark will be in Decorah on Oct 3rd to present on the energy self-sufficient island of Samsø, Denmark.  The lecture "The Great Transition – Starting Now! Experiences from Denmark on the Renewable Energy Island, Samsø" will take place in Olin Hall room 102 at 7pm.

Center for Sustainable Communities Welcomes Six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps Members

Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities welcomes six new AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members to help transform school environments across the Northeast Iowa region. This dedicated and diverse group of individuals comes from across the nation to volunteer for a year of service with one common goal: to help create a just and vibrant local food system and build active local communities.

Morris to Dedicate Green Prairie Community

The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Homecoming 2013 celebration.

Green Prairie Community Opens its Doors

The new residence hall is an innovative living and learning environment.

University of Minnesota, Morris Ranks in Sierra Magazine's Top 40 "Cool Schools"

Morris was ranked 38th in the nation, the highest ranking for Morris to date and the highest ranking in the state.

Construction of the Green Prairie Community Nears Completion

After more than five years of planning and seven months of labor, construction of the new Green Prairie Living and Learning Community is nearly complete.

Morris Green Summer Programs Offer Outreach and Opportunity

Morris will host a youth camp and provide renewable energy tours again this summer.

Green Prairie Community Art Committee Seeking Artwork for New Residence Hall

The Green Prairie Community Art Committee is looking for artwork to display in the new Green Prairie Living and Learning Community.

Morris to Offer Green Summer Opportunities for the Community

Morris will host summer camps and renewable energy tours this summer.

Windridge Implements Field Day

Kymar Acres will be hosting the Windridge Implements Field Day on June 8th from 1-4pm.

Windridge Implements Field Day

Kymar Acres will be hosting the Windridge Implements Field Day on June 8th from 1-4pm.

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