Archive for James Dontje
Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation
The Gustavus Environmental Studies (ES) program celebrated its annual spring picnic on Tuesday, May 14. Thanks to an unseasonably warm May day (temps at 97 to 100 F), the picnic goers gravitated to the inside. Besides another great round of ES trivia (thanks Joel Carlin and Laura Triplett) and recognizing a great bunch of the [...]
Check out the new bike repair stand by Lund. Just in time for the April 25 Wellness Fair and more importantly, for a long overdue spring, we have a new self-service bike repair station at Lund. And if you see Katie Barta and Sam Good, tell them thanks for applying for the Coke Educational Partnership [...]
Climate Change and Clean Energy Solutions in Minnesota Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 PM St. John’s Episcopal Church 302 Warren St Mankato, MN 56001 the speaker is J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy speaking about progress on effective climate actions that benefit our health and economy.
One of the things that keeps me moving forward in my work with Johnson Center is the way good environmental initiatives can “bubble up” from this community. Since Thanksgiving, Gustavus students Rebecca Hare, Jennifer Steffen, Jessica Burggraff, as well as some other hard working students, have stepped up to engage the Administration and the college’s [...]
Anna Lappé leads the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative movement which works for sustainable food and farming across the U. S. Se will be speaking on March 14 in Minneapolis as part of the Westminster Town Hall Forum. See https://www.facebook.com/events/452459244802499/ for details
Ecology and Ideology Film Series all are welcome * film: Is God Green? Thurs Feb 28 CSU 285 5 pm discussion: theology and ecology * film: A Sense of Wonder: Interviews with Rachel Carson Wed March 6 CSU 256 8 pm discussion: women, science and the environment * film: Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari [...]
Transition Mankato, an area group exploring ways to transition to a more resilient and sustainable community, is continuing their conversation by hosting a viewing of two movies, “Transition 2.0″ and The Power of Community” on Thursday, March 28. The first movie begins at 5:30 PM at Good Counsel in Mankato. See https://www.facebook.com/CenterForEarthSpirituality/events for more details.
Over the past year, several renewable energy installations have come online on campus. As they have become operational, I have been working with the installers, Gustavus Physical Plant staff, and the Physics department to make these installations live up to their potential as teaching tools as well as energy generators. Here is an update about [...]
If whales are the iconic species for ocean conservation, then coral reefs are the iconic ecosystem. Coral reefs are centers of ocean biodiversity, occupying less than 0.1 percent of the ocean surface while supporting 25 percent of the world’s marine species. With the riot of color and panoply of creatures adapted to these unique environments, [...]
The first sustainability actor I want to highlight has, unfortunately for Gustavus, already left us. Jason Stratman left Gustavus just a few weeks ago. Jason was our Manager of Environmental Health and Safety. In that position, he was in charge of range of “must do” tasks ranging from disposing of laboratory wastes safely to making [...]