Past Conferences

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!

2015: Bemidji State University- Bemidji, MNUMACS 2015

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.

Presentations from 2011 UMACS Conference Size
Community Partnerships for University based renewable energy Biodigester- Michael Lizotte.pdf 2.53 MB
De-Polarizing Politics – Kelly Cain 2011.pdf 6.87 MB
NEW ERA Regional Collaboration in Sustainability – Linda Bartlet.pdf 3.01 MB
Pedagogy and Place, Greening a Curriculum Peter Hovde and Bryan Bishop Concorida College.pdf 2.88 MB
Planning a Year of Sustainability CSB-SJU Derek Larson and Judy Purman.pdf 874.43 KB
SAP – Presentation to Morris Sustainability Conference FINAL.pdf 10.24 MB
Strategic Planning to Infuse Sustainability into the Curriculum – UW-Stout Krista James and Wendy Stary.pdf 4 MB
Student Initiatives in Sustainabile Agriculture at Lawrence University.pdf 558.33 KB
Sustainable Management Online BS Degree- Jerry Hembd.pdf 1.04 MB
Tales and tools from Central College – Ellen Du Pre.pdf 511.31 KB
The End of the Year Purge lessons learned at Bemidji State University- Erika Bailey-Johnson.pdf 1.54 MB
UMACS CSE 2011.pdf 8.73 MB
UMACS Presentation – Planning for Climate Neutrality – presented by Shane Stennes.pdf 2.27 MB
UMACS presentation Sept232011.pdf 2.07 MB
UMACS- UofM Resource Recovery Pilot.pdf 2.33 MB
UMACS-Luther College-Food-Purchasing Guidelines-Food Education- Maren Stumme-Diers.pdf 462.11 KB
Zero Waste at Macalester – Suzanne Savanick Hansen.pdf 816.07 KB

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.