Thanks to everyone for making UMACS 2015 such a great success at BSU!

Check out these great memories from UMACS 2015 at Bemidji State University! There are also a number of presentations uploaded on the Bemidji State 2015 conference page.


*If you have any great photos you want to share send them to and we’ll make sure they get uploaded to the gallery!

Register NOW for the 2015 UMACS Conference in Bemidji!

UMACS Conference  June 17-19th, 2015: Bemidji State University

Healthy Planet = Healthy People, Campuses and Communities

Campus sustainability is more than greening operations and integrating sustainability into the curriculum.  During our 2015 UMACS conference we seek to elevate the conversation around integrating wellness and healthy lifestyles into sustainability to ensure that not only are our campuses and communities sustainable, but that the people within our institutions are also developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

UMACS 2015 general schedule

UMACS 2015 detailed schedule


This is a 3rd Party Conference Registration platform, and you will be prompted to create a student username and password regardless of your BSU or other university position or affiliation. Please proceed and create a profile.  The registration process and website can be a bit confusing, so we’ve added some tips for registering for the conference below:

Tips for registering for the conference

REGISTER HERE for the conference AND on campus housing

*If you have trouble registering, please contact Kris Williams for assistance: 218-755-4901 or*

Registration covers the cost of attending all keynote and breakout sessions, breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, and dinner on Thursday.  Also included in the conference fee are field trips and access to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center.

By May 8th May 9th to May 29th
Students* $30 $40
Non-Students $125 $150

* includes recent grads


Many options exist for a comfortable stay in Bemidji. If you would like to stay on campus, there will be access to inexpensive residential housing and free camping from June 17 to June 20.  The deadline to sign up for on-campus options is May 29th.  There are also many options off campus, of which we’ll recommend a few.


REGISTER HERE for the conference AND on campus housing

Night Single Double
Oak Hall June 17 $17 $13/person
June 18 $17 $13/person
June 19 $17 $13/person
June 20 $17 $13/person
Camping* June 17 No cost No cost
June 18 No cost No cost
June 19 No cost No cost
June 20 No cost No cost

* Free tent camping available on site with access to the locker rooms (which includes showers, toilet, sink, mirror, locker). Free towel service with photo ID provided. A limited amount of camping equipment is available for rent through the BSU Outdoor Program Center. Contact Mark Morrissey if interested in renting equipment at 218-755-2999 or via email ( ).

Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge

Ruttger’s is a historic, locally-owned resort on the northwest shore of Lake Bemidji with many housing options.  Ruttger’s offers a host of summer activities including fishing, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, sail boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and much more. In the summer months the resort also offers a complimentary supervised children’s recreation program. Resort guests are also welcome to use the resort’s basketball court, canoes, and basic kayaks FREE of charge. Plan to reserve rooms/cabins early as they fill up fast during the summer.  Lodging information found here.

Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bemidji State Park offers visitors swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, and year-round naturalist-led activities.  Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady’s slippers, pitcher plants, dragon’s mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer, just in time for the UMACS conference!  Housing and camping options are located here.

Double Tree

Located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this hotel offers easy access to downtown Bemidji and many local businesses, attractions and recreation facilities, including The Sanford Center and the Paul Bunyan Trail – giving easy access to miles of biking and hiking trails.  Modern styled guestrooms and suites at this Bemidji hotel feature a variety of amenities to make you feel at home, including a refrigerator, microwave, HDTV, work desk and high-speed internet access. Hotel information located here.


Family Information

  • Kids’ Activities are available for grades K to 8th on June 18th and 19th while the conference is in session. The cost is $10 per child-per day (pay upon check-in). Please contact Angela Gora (218-755-2851) for more information.
  • Non-conference participants can eat in the campus dining hall for an additional charge (pay at the door).
  • Non-conference participants can stay on campus for the same rate as conference participants (and camp for free).

Bikes Available

Nice Ride bikes will be available for rent for a flat rate of $25, whether you use it for a day or your entire Bemidji stay.  If you would like to reserve a bike to use during your stay, please contact Mark Morrissey at 218-755-2999 or via email (  Pay at check-in.


Loop the Lake

Join us on June 20th, 2015, to celebrate Bemidji as a Bicycle Friendly Community.  Bike 17 miles of easy, paved route complete with music, food, photo opportunities and fun at rest stops, including Lake Bemidji State Park.  Register at .

Photo Gallery: UMACS Conference – Minnesota Morris, 2011