Poster Session, Friday, 5:30-7 pm

All posters will be displayed during the social hour on Friday, September 27th in the Weitz Commons.

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Chimney Swift Artificial Habitats, Vern Cooper, Bemidji State University

The BSU Construction Management Club has collaborated with the BSU Sustainability Office, Bemidji City Parks and Rec, the Headwaters Science Center, and local DNR to recreate Chimney Swift habitats that had been displaced by local construction. The club would like to present on the construction process, the danger Chimney Swift habitats face, and the necessity to recreate these habitats.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Life on Land, Partnership for the Goals


Effect of Mindfulness on Sustainability, Lindsay Wright, University of South Dakota

When we think of sustainability, we don't often think of mindfulness, but sustainability is an issue that brings many other issues together. Attempting to tackle difficulties within sustainability is problematic due to the multitude of issues that are involved within each of the three pillars of sustainability: social issues, economic issues, and environmental issues. This paper explores the role of mindfulness within each of the three pillars of sustainability. It seeks to answer the question, Should mindfulness be a tool used in the attempt to reach sustainability? Using peer-reviewed articles, conclusions can be drawn about the effect of mindfulness on areas within the three pillars of sustainability by looking at quality of life measurements, consumption levels, and connections between human-to-human, as well as connections between human-to-nature. Mindfulness has been found to increase subjective well-being, with diminishing returns after basic needs are met. Economically, mindfulness decreases materialistic values and therefore decreases consumption levels. Environmentally, mindfulness is related to a more ecocentric worldview, as opposed to anthropocentric, as well as brings a greater sense of connection to others and to the environment. While mindfulness may not be a necessary core concept within sustainability systems thinking competences, it seems to be an effective tool in increasing individual's abilities to have greater social well-being, reduce economic activity, and greater value placed on environmental conservation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Good Health & Wellbeing, Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


Building a Sustainable Model for Recycling and Compost: Student-Centered Work at Luther College, Mara Mergens, Luther College

Luther College?s waste management systems are unique, efficient, and effective. All of the recycling and compost generated on campus is collected by a group of student workers. All recyclables collected on campus are processed at the Winneshiek County Recycling Center. Luther College and Winneshiek County have highly effective separate-stream collection systems which leads to a much lower level of contamination. Luther College student workers also collect campus compost and transform it into fertilizer that is used on Luther's gardens and landscapes. Come learn about how Luther College leverages student work-study to create streamlined waste management processes.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health & Wellbeing, Decent Work and Economic growth, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production


The Goodness of Gardening: Community-based Cultivation and Connections, Annelise Myers, Luther College

An explanation of how the Luther Garden strengthens connections between students, staff, faculty, and community members. See how all of these people work together as a community to ensure that the college has a local food source with diverse crops, which are creatively incorporated into the campus cafeteria. Learn about how the Luther Garden was originally created, and how it has changed since then. Engage in dialogue and ask questions about what a normal day at the garden looks like and how we practice sustainability.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger, Good Health & Wellbeing


CCCE Cohort Structures: Developing Sustainable Workflow, Madeline Hagar, Caroline Carty, Carleton College

The Carleton Center for Community and Civic Engagement seeks to “engage in inclusive, sustainable, reciprocal relationships that foster student learning and faculty development, fulfill community-identified needs, and promote an equitable and peaceful society.” Within the Environmental Systems issue area, we recognized that expanding our reach on issues of food, waste, energy, and natural preservation meant integrating them. Starting in 2018, we pioneered a cohort structure in which each member is elastic in their responsibilities, with the ability to take on projects with full support of the cohort behind them. With this new model, we emphasize the collaborative and intersecting nature of our work at multiple levels, namely within the office, campus engagement and broader community relations. Significant steps in developing the cohort model included pooling resources, volunteers and funds, consolidating announcements into one publication, and establishing a campus-wide alliance between student workers, volunteers and organizations and faculty and staff. The poster will highlight several key successes of the cohort model, including Empty Bowls Week, academic collaborations with the Real Food Calculator, and general promotion of office cohesion and reflection.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Reduce Inequalities, Climate Action, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


Reusable Bag Exchange, Emily Manders, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Environmental Coalition holds an annual Reusable Bag Exchange. The community of Iowa City is invited to bring their plastic bags in exchange for a reusable bag. The plastic bags are then donated to a local food pantry, to be reused. This event not only helps the local community to make more sustainable choices, but also gives back to nonprofits like the food pantry to give them the resources to help those in need.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water


Engaging with Sustainability Through a Community-Based Reduction of College Student Waste, Holly Black, University of South Dakota

Excessive student waste continues to contribute to the more than 250 tons of trash sent to our landfills each year. Sustainable Society, a core sustainability class offered at the University of South Dakota, challenges students to address a sustainability issue of their choice through the semester long Action to Enhance Sustainability project. With our country’s recycling rate at a low 34%, I decided to address college student waste by promoting recycling and educating students about waste reduction. Through the implementation of sorted recycling bins on my floor of the University of South Dakota North Complex Residence Hall, I created a community-based opportunity to reduce college student waste by diminishing the amount of recyclable materials that end up in the dumpster. My recycling project catered to over 60 students, collecting #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum, and paper products in accordance with the accepted materials at the local Missouri Valley Recycling Center. Due to the early success of this program, I continued collecting recyclable materials beyond the original context of the classroom. From October 1st, 2018 to April 26th, 2019, I collected 74, 2.2 bushel laundry bins of recycling from the residents on my floor. These 74 bins helped keep over 300 ft3 of recyclable material out of landfills. Through the community engagement of my floor of the residence hall, my recycling endeavor promoted a creative way for students to learn about waste reduction, participate in recycling, and directly witness the accumulation of their waste. Since college campuses become home to so many students, it is essential that college communities integrate sustainable practices into campus living so that students have the routine and resources required to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in their future.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production


Fair Trade Coffee Movement on a College Campus, Kayleigh Rohr, Central College

The benefits of fair trade for producers are multi-faceted and important for coffee consumers to understand. After analyzing surveys of both fair trade and conventional (non-fair trade) coffee producers, it is evident that involvement in fair trade allows producers to earn more money. Besides the obvious benefit of higher pay, fair trade also provides a system of payment that is much more beneficial for producers and their families. With fair trade, producers are paid in multiple installments throughout the year, including a prepayment, which helps to sustain a family and keep more regular income throughout the year. The benefits of involvement in fair trade multiply for a family, helping them to stay out of debt, gain more education, and afford adequate housing. Fair trade promotes a much more sustainable lifestyle for many of the impoverished communities inhabited by coffee farmers, further promoting equality. Organic farming also promotes sustenance of the environment by encouraging disuse of harmful chemicals that can contaminate the soil, water, and other crucial environmental factors. Organic farming allows for an increase in nutrient use efficiency, reduction of erosion, and improvement of soil biodiversity, in which allows for diverse combinations of plants and animals optimize nutrient and energy cycling for agricultural production. Therefore, this leads to the maximization of health of the various codependent communities of soil microbes, plants, animals and people. As a committee, we believe that it is our moral responsibility as a liberal-arts learning community to be educated on these issues and act to help improve the lives of these workers in whatever ways possible. Beyond this, we consider environmental sustainability of high importance and hold of high value the importance of making consumer decisions that positively affect the environment.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Clean Water and Sanitation, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life on Land, Partnership for the Goals


Promoting Sustainability and STEM Inclusivity Through a Year-Long Civic Engagement Project for STEM-Interested College Students, Andrew Farias, Denyse Marquez Sanchez, David Higgs, Lon Hutchinson, Dani Kohen, & Deborah Gross, Carleton College

As part of the FOCUS program, Carleton College sophomores work on a year-long civic engagement project that allows students to pursue their scientific interests in a context that matters to a local community. The FOCUS program is a cohort-based program that works to increase diversity and inclusivity in STEM. This project functions as the students’ final assignment and combines many of the values of FOCUS. In recent years, the program has found that projects related to sustainability allow for both strong community interest and scientific research. In this poster, FOCUS students from the latest two projects of the program will explain their work, outcomes and reaction to the process. The topics presented form these two years are “Waste at Carleton” (2018) and “Northfield Climate Action Plan” (2019).

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Quality Education, Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Partnership for the Goals


Myconoe: A Canoe Grown from Mushroom Mycelium, Katy Ayers, Central Community College

Central Community College provided a mini-grant for students in the Students-4-Sustainability Club to produce sustainable products for display at the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. Utilizing ground pallet wood as a fungal food source, the Myconoe was grown in a two-part papier-mache mold, with an interior oak lattice skeleton. Mycelium is the root-like body of a fungus and grows through its food source, excreting enzymes and metabolites used to break down organic material to elemental form. This enables not only the fungus, but plants and other microbes to access nutrients needed for survival. By using recycled materials held together by fungal mycelium, many products can be reinvented to produce useful goods that accelerate natural nutrient cycling of organic and nonorganic molecules. Fungi are the original chemists of nature, and should be looked to for remediation of damaged land, water, and air. Applications of this research include use of mycelium for water or air filtration, bioremediation of oil and heavy metal contamination, fertilizer replacement and mycopestcides (currently under development).

UN Sustainability Goals: Life on Land, Responsible Consumption and Production, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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