Troy's Sustainability News

Troy Goodnough (Sustainability Director at UMM) sends out a newsletter-style email now and then to the university community, and he’s given us permission to share these here!

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8 September 2022


I hope you had a good and restful summer.

If you are new to campus, or returning – I am thankful for all of your efforts to make this a great place to be.

An update on some of our sustainability efforts

  1. This past year, and for the 4th time, UMN Morris earned a STARS Gold rating. We are one of the top-rated sustainability institutions in the United States. It is hard to earn and maintain these ratings, which reflect sustainability effort across our curriculum, operations, research and public engagement.

  2. Our efforts to create a more sustainable community in Morris were featured in the New York Times in July 2022! They talked about our Morris Model community partnership and how we work together to cultivate our shared sustainability aspirations! Morris alum, Griffin Peck, is now the sustainability project coordinator at the city of Morris. You can see Griffin’s Morris Model updates in our local newspaper.

  3. Our Morris Model team, including UMN Morris, the city of Morris, Stevens County and other partners just released our new Morris Model Resilience Plan. Check it out! Let me know what you think! In May 2022, we had a derecho in Morris that damaged many local homes, businesses, and farms.

  4. UMN Morris is a sustainability leader in the United States. We produce the most clean electricity per student of any campus in the United States. We get power from wind turbines, solar PV panels and more! You can read more about sustainability progress at UMN Morris here. Or you can watch this awesome VIDEO to see how we are leading! Please, watch the video!

  5. UMN Morris and UMN West Central Research and Outreach Center are partnering to launch the UMN Center for Renewable Energy Storage Technology, or CREST. Together we have a shared goal to test energy storage technologies and increase awareness of this tech across the State.

  6. Would you like to become a Green Ambassador (learn how to give sustainability tours) – or would you like to go on a Green Tour of the campus to see all of our cool stuff? Sign-up here and I will get back to you about upcoming Green Tour dates and Green Ambassador training dates.

  7. Wanna do something fun? Electric bikes are available for rental at the Regional Fitness Center (RFC)! Go for a ride along the Pomme de Terre river!

  8. Wanna learn more about our WATER story in Morris? Check out our West Central MN We Are Water work – AND this amazing video series about our water story in Minnesota and Morris! We are working to build a shared water ethic on-campus and in the region.

  9. Wanna learn more about the impact our Morris alums are having out in the world? How did our Morris alums experience campus life – what did they do after graduation – and what are they doing now? Check out these first 3 videos about sustainability careers launched by UMN Morris – in food systems/agriculture, clean energy/energy conservation, and environmental education!

  10. Did you know that our campus hit 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from the landfill? We compost and recycle at UMN Morris! UMN Facilities Management and Stevens County are working together to make this new composting program possible. UMN Morris alum, Sydney Bauer, helps coordinate the county’s composting-outreach efforts!

  11. Did you miss our 240kW solar PV dedication? You can watch it here! You can learn more about how we power the campus with solar energy!

  12. What is sustainability about? There is a global dialogue happening around the Sustainable Development Goals, also called the SDGs? Including funding and research opportunities at U of M in alignment with these goals! How can we work together to create a world with no poverty, no hunger, affordable and clean energy, clean water, sustainable communities, and more? Where do you want to make your impact?

Together we are making progress and shaping the future we want to live in.

Thanks again for everything YOU are doing to add a splash of sustainability into your efforts here at UMN Morris – and beyond.


Troy Goodnough (he/him/his)
Sustainability Director | Office of Sustainability |
Institute on the Environment Fellow
Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Advisory Board
West Central Clean Energy Resource Team Steering Committee
Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Steering Committee
Welcome Center 207, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267
University of Minnesota, Morris | | 320-589-6303

“Do not wait for Plato’s Republic, but be happy if one little thing leads to progress, and reflect on the fact that what results from such a little thing is not, in fact, so very little.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations