Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Mary Oldham
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute on the Environment
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Boreas Leadership Program through the Institute on the Environment

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Boreas Leadership Program trains and develops the next generation of world changers to catalyze social and environmental solutions. Boreas offers co-curricular leadership development opportunities that build on the strengths of graduate education to create effective change agents. Boreas programming is open to University of Minnesota graduate students from any discipline through the Institute on the Environment.

Boreas is innovative in its explicit focus on supporting and developing aspiring change agents and leaders within university culture. The program creates unique space and opportunities for students to learn leadership skills, practice acting as a leader, and reflect on leadership generally as well as their own leadership experiences and aspirations. Boreas offers leadership skills workshops in four areas: communications and media, integrative leadership, public skills, and systems thinking and tools. The program also offers a weekly event for to meet environmental leaders in the community and to discuss leadership topics in a more informal environment. In spring of 2015, Boreas underwent a formative evaluation to better understand program needs and improve. An important finding in this evaluation is student input that they did not find programming similar to Boreas in their home departments or colleges.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Since its formation, Boreas has worked with over 250 students from 16 of the 17 academic units (colleges) on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Boreas has offered over 70 individual workshops, with over 800 individual attendees. Boreas has brought over 35 community leaders, from non-profit executives to state commissioners, to interact with Boreas graduate students.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Leadership Development

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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