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UMD Sustainability

The Resources section contains links to video, audio, narrative, interactive, and other resources that can be used to enhance faculty and student knowledge and skills about sustainability.


 

Videos

TED Talks

Sustainability by design

Let’s go all-in on selling sustainability

A vision for sustainable restaurants

The Business Logic of Sustainability

Sustainable seafood?  Let’s get smart

The route to a sustainable future

Hedonistic sustainability

Themes – A Greener Future?

How big brands can help save biodiversity

Using nature’s genius in architecture

A reality check on renewables

Transition to a world without oil

Other Videos:

Food:

The Lexicon of Sustainability
The Lexicon of Sustainability is a multi-platform project that educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier and safer food system in America.

Climate Change:

Vanishing Islands

Documentaries:

Years of Living Dangerously
According to Showtime…”This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists.”


Books
The following well-regarded books are available at the UMD library:

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres R. Edwards and David W. Orr, Jun 1, 2005
HC79.E5 E327 2005

Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution by Auden Schendler, Jun 1, 2010
HC79.E5 S2826 2009

The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World by Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz and Joe Laur, Apr 6, 2010
HC79.E5 N436 2008

Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Our Planet-from Dirty Energy by Danny Kennedy and Wesley Clark, Sep 3, 2012
HD9502.A2K46 2012
Also available online via UMD Library (Safari Books online)

The Great Green Revolution by Ralph Avallone, Feb 5, 2014
Kindle version only (UMD library does not have access)

Sustainability Principles and Practice by Margaret Robertson, February 13, 2014
HC79.E5 R6243 2014

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige and Danny Glover, May 31, 2012
HN65.B634 2011

The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution by Deborah Eden Tull, Sep 21, 2010
TX357 .T853 2010

The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality Paperback by Richard Heinberg
HC59.3 .H45 2011

Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society by Andres R. Edwards and Bill McKibben, May 1, 2010
HC79.E5 E39 2010

State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? by The Worldwatch Institute and Erik Assadourian, Apr 15, 2013
HC79.E5
Also available online via UMD Library

Sustainability: Essentials for Business by Scott T. Young and Kanwalroop Kathy Dhanda, Dec 5, 2012
HD30.255 .Y67 2013

Sustainability is for Everyone by Alan AtKisson, Nov 8, 2013
GE170 .A8564 2013

Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage by Chris Laszlo, Nadya Zhexembayeva, April 13, 2011
HD30.255 .L396 2011

Sustainability (Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences series) by Leslie Paul Thiele, April 17, 2013
HC79.E5 T45 2013
Also available online via UMD Library

147 Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society by William M. Timpson, Brian Dunbar, Gailmarie Kimmel, Brett Bruyere, & 2 more, March 31, 2006
GE70.A13 2006

Sustainability: A Cultural History by Ulrich Grober and translated by Ray Cunningham, September 1, 2012
Also available online via UMD Library

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough, Michael Braungart, April 22, 2002
TD794.5 .M395 2002

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben, March 15, 2011
QC981.8.C5 M3895 2010

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey Sachs, February 24, 2009
HD87 .S23 2008

The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy by William Greider, September 1, 2003
HB501 .G6472 2003

The nature of college : how a new understanding of campus life can change the world by James J. Farrell, November 1, 2010
LB3605 .F34 2010


Online Resources

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.

In particular, the Campus Sustainability Hub contains course activities, webinars, case studies, outreach tools and more.  (Note: Login is required. All UMD staff/faculty/students with @d.umn.edu email addresses can create an account login, as UMD is an AASHE member)

AASHE Resources on Sustainability Curriculum
(Create an account with your UMD email to access member-only content)

Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Courses
Northwest Earth Institute is a non-profit organization that inspires people to take responsibility for Earth.

Examples: A World of Health: Connecting People, Place and PlanetSustainable Systems at Work

UNESCO Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

Energy
Kid Wind

REcharge Labs: Creatively exploring wind and solar power.

Environmental Protection Agency: Toolbox for Renewable Project Energy Development

Environmental Justice
E
nvironmental Justice Atlas

UMD Office of Sustainability
The UMD Office of Sustainability  is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.

Institute on the Environment
IonE discovers solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems by conducting transformative research, developing the next generation of global leaders and building world-changing partnerships.

Ensia
Ensia is a magazine and event series showcasing environmental solutions in action. Powered by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, we connect people who can change the world with the ideas and inspiration they need to do so.

Second Nature
Second Nature’s mission is to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. We accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.

Lake Superior Streams
Award-winning website with data, teaching resources, partnerships, outreach around streams and the Lake Superior watershed.

American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Sustainability Tracking and Assessment and Rating System (STARS)

Disciplinary Action Networks for Sustainability (DANS)

Research: Sustainable University

Second Nature: Education for Sustainability


Blogs and Newsletters

Minnesota

Institute on the Environmenthttp://environment.umn.edu/
IonE discovers solutions to Earth’s most pressing environmental problems by conducting transformative research, developing the next generation of global leaders and building world-changing partnerships

Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) – http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/
The Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agencyhttp://www.pca.state.mn.us/
Working to protect and improve our environment and enhance human health.

  • Next Step – https://www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/nextstep 
    • This site has been designed to provide Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network (MnSCN) members and others with information, access to resources, opportunities for networking, and inspiration on the topic of sustainable communities. NextStep site users have the ability to post information and resources on the site as well as to access the resources and information posted on the site.

Will Steger Foundationhttp://www.willstegerfoundation.org/
Educating, Inspiring and Empowering People to Engage in Solutions to Climate Change

Natural Resource Research Institutehttp://www.nrri.umn.edu/default/default.htm
To foster the economic development of Minnesota’s Natural Resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

National

Yale Environment 360 – http://e360.yale.edu/
Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues.

Columbia University: The Earth Institutehttp://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/sections/view/9
The Earth Institute brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world’s most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation, to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources.


UMD Campus Resources

Center for Sustainable Community Development
http://www.d.umn.edu/cscd/main/index.php

  • Mission:  Helping communities achieve their environmental, social and economic sustainable development goals

Victus Farm
http://www.d.umn.edu/cscd/main/index.php

  • This project features a unique partnership between UMD’s Center for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) and the City of Silver Bay, MN (links).   The goal is to develop an integrated fish, plant and algal production system that will allow communities to create jobs producing their own healthy food and clean energy.

Natural Resource Research Institute (NRRI)
http://www.nrri.umn.edu/

  • To foster the economic development of Minnesota’s Natural Resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

Office of Sustainability
https://umdsustain.wp.d.umn.edu/

  • The UMD Office of Sustainability  is committed to communicating, educating, and inspiring action to integrate sustainability into all aspects of campus life.
    • Programs: Bike to Campus, Edible Campus Gardens, Energy Pledge, Sustainability Inspiration Awards, Green Revolving Fund, Student Organizations, What You Can Do,
    • Operations: Buildings, Energy, Transportation, Dining, Land and Water, Waste

Sustainable Agricultural Project
http://www.d.umn.edu/cscd/sap/main/people.php

  • SAP@UMD formed in 2009 to institute education, research, and regional engagement around community food and agriculture systems in the western Lake Superior bioregion.

Course Listing
https://umdsustain.wp.d.umn.edu/education-and-research/sustainability-related-courses-at-umd/

Research
https://umdsustain.wp.d.umn.edu/education-and-research/sustainability-research/

University of MN Research Links


Journals

Community Resources
Sustainable Twin Ports
Sustainable Twin Ports began as a collaborative project designed to build capacity and momentum around sustainability using The Natural Step framework as a guide.  It was developed by a grass-roots network of community groups in Duluth, MN and Superior, WI in an effort to better understand the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and to move the region toward sustainable solutions.

 

Healthy Duluth Area Coalition
The Healthy Duluth Area Coalition is committed to changing the policies, systems and environments of our city to encourage active living and affect how residents access healthy foods.  We bring together the people who can facilitate the greatest change, who advocate for wellness, and who strive for healthy equity.  We are here to help everyone be well by supporting active living and healthy eating, and by working to the healthy choice the default choice.

 

Ecolibrium3
Ecolibrium3 is a non-profit dedicated to balancing environmental and economic needs.

 

Hartley Nature Center
Hartley Nature Center is dedicated to inspiring life long connections to nature through education, play and exploration.

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership contact: Okey Ukaga, Executive Director (ukaga001@umn.edu)
Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

The Clean Energy Resource Teams—or CERTs—are a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.

We empower communities and their members to adopt energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for their homes, businesses, and local institutions.

CERTs Contact: Brian Bluhm, Northeast CERT Coordinator (brian@cleanenergyresourceteams.org)

Sustainability at Lake Superior College
We, the Lake Superior College community, believe our campus has an opportunity and responsibility to provide leadership to our college and local communities by conducting education and business as responsible stewards of the physical environment.

 

Annual Energy Design Conference
It is the mission of the Energy Design Conference & Expo to provide a valuable, educational and innovative conference focused on the core principles of energy-efficient building and responsible design.

 

Energy Conservation Programs at Minnesota Power
Minnesota Power believes in creating opportunities for their customers to gain insights into how they use energy and opportunities to learn how to reach their unique energy saving goals.

 

City of Duluth Sustainability
The Sustainability Team at the City of Duluth have a unique and vital role to play in guiding the community’s efforts to move towards achieving true sustainability.

 

Duluth Public Schools Sustainability
The eco-mission of Duluth Public Schools is to cultivate in our students and employees the respect, wisdom, values and aptitude needed for ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable.

 

Institute for a Sustainable Future
ISF is a not-for-profit organization working to support and improve ecological health, through advocacy, research, consultation and education. ISF works to build, support and replicate models of success. Consistent with its ecological approach, ISF engages in campaigns which foster relationships and collaboration. ISF recognizes science and the arts as equally important in building a healthy, sustainable world.

 

Hawk Ridge Observatory
The mission of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the Western Lake Superior Region through research, education, and stewardship.

 

Metropolitan Interstate Council
The MIC, as a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, provides guidance and leadership on transportation and land use planning issues in the Duluth-Superior metropolitan planning area. A key goal is to focus the area’s limited transportation funding on projects that yield the greatest benefit and integrate with the existing transportation system. To this end, the MIC conducts studies, develops plans, models the transportation system, and programs projects for federal funding in the metropolitan area.

 


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