2019: Diversity, Community, & Creativity: Elements for Sustainable Transformation, Northfield, MN, Carleton College
The 2019 UMACS conference connected key aspects of sustainability that are often overlooked; diversity, community, and creativity. We experience all three of these through our keynote speaker, Karen Diver, insightful presentations, breakout sessions, and incredible tours of sustainability in action. We explored ways to act locally and make a difference globally through communication and community-building.
2017: Resilience, Resolve, and Renewal: Redefining the 3Rs of Sustainability, Pella Iowa, Central College
The 2017 UMACS Conference explored resilience, resolve, and renewal through keynote speakers, presentations, and artistic performances. We enjoyed experiential activities and excursions, plus delicious local foods from the Central College Garden and partnering farms. The event included two pre-conference workshops: one specifically for faculty interested in developing new courses and expanding sustainability across the curriculum, plus another focused on sustainability and the arts.
See more pictures from the 2017 UMACS conference here!
Keynotes from Pandora Thomas and David Abaz sparked conversation about social justice and our food systems in Northern Minnesota. This UMACS conference focused on wellness and featured workshops in the areas of art, team-building, physical and emotional well being, and lots of outdoor activities- including a session on rowing in a dragon boat (right).
2013: Luther College – Decorah, Iowa in Partnership with Second Nature
2011: University of Minnesota, Morris
This conference featured keynote speakers, Julian Keniry, Senior Director for Campus and Community Leadership at the National Wildlife Federation, and Patrick Moore, Executive Director of Clean Up the River Environment, one of the most influential and successful environmental advocacy groups in western Minnesota. In addition, roughly 50 presentations from faculty, staff, and students from schools throughout the region provided the Midwest’s best resource on campus sustainability.
2010: University of Wisconsin, River Falls
The third biennial conference took place April 2010 at the University of Wisconsin River Falls through the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development.
The conference was a huge success with nearly 150 attendees from 35 different colleges and universities gathering in River Falls, Wisconsin. The conference featured keynote addresses by Winona LaDuke and Paul Rowland, AASHE’s executive director. Over 50 presentations during five concurrent sessions provided many nuts, bolts, and stories of success from folks working in the trenches of the campus sustainability movement. Beyond the formal program, the conference provided opportunities to network with faculty, staff, and students from more than 30 campuses from across the Upper Midwest.
2008: Luther College
The second UMACS conference was held in April 2008, at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
2006: College of St. Benedict | St. John’s University
The first UMACS conference was hosted by St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in May 2006. Dr. Derek Larson from St. John’s was the driving force behind both the birth of UMACS and the first conference. Without the vision, leadership, and energy that Larson brought to this project, UMACS would not exist.