Sustainability

Lisa Johnson

Our recent conversations about "local food" have been fascinating, and they're more relevant than ever.

The last time the country was turned upside down, during WWII, our food supply system moved from small diversified farms to the huge corporate operations most farms are today.

Will COVID-19 be the impetus for yet another rethinking of our food systems?

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The journey of  a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Likewise the journey of a thousand steps to sustainability and quality-of-life goals for Minnesota cities and towns has been curated down to a mere 175. 

GreenStep Cities is a free, voluntary program that helps cities work at their own pace to make and achieve sustainability goals.  You can see how Duluth is doing here.

Moving water from the Great Lakes to drought-stricken parts of the country: environmental justice or enabling unsustainable water practices?

That's just one of the topics Northland College's Peter Annin tackles in his book Great Lake Water Wars, and in this conversation with KUMD's Adam Reinhardt.

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Dr. Randy Hanson, Director of the UMD Land Lab joins us to talk about the 2018 UMD Farm Fest, a celebration of community, food, art and the hard-work of our on-campus farm, happening this Sunday from 12 to 4 pm at the UMD Land Lab, aka the Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm.

KUMD is proud to sponsor the UMD Farm Fest 9/16

Sep 6, 2018

KUMD is proud to sponsor the UMD Farm Fest on Sunday, September 16th from 12:00-4:00pm.

We speak with Dr. Liz Hill, a UMD Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, about the Sustainability Education Summit happening this Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Randy Hanson, PhD, the Co-Director of the Program in Environment and Sustainability at UMD about goings on at the UMD Land Lab, including their recently built "high tunnel" greenhouse, ongoing research in hydroponics, and the upcoming Farm Fest 2017 on September 17 at the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm.

Lisa Johnson

No one's figured out how to literally plug in students and run lights and power from their boundless energy ... but UMD is coming close.

In addition to all new and renovated buildings being LEED-certified  (like Cina Hall, seen here), Sustainability Month at UMD is designed to educate students and the community about the work and research being done on campus.

But the students already get it.  In fact, many of the new initiatives in their early stages are led by students.

UMD's Sustainable Energy Research Workshop wasn't the typical two days of sitting in conference rooms.

It turns out the "research" part in the title is key.

The goal is to spark community and UMD collaborations into research projects that will move the community forward in terms of how much sustainable energy is used and developed long-term.

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Community Conversations goes over the Duluth City Council meeting regarding sustainability