Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
IN-4: Innovation 4

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:
Learning and Environmental Sciences Building Commons Meeting & Art Space

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

The Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota houses a sustainability-themed art gallery, which is a unique space that serves as an area where the University community can gather for meetings or events as well as a location to display artistic works that celebrate the environment and sustainability. The vision for the Commons: Meeting & Art Space is to highlight the intersection of science and the arts by hosting exhibits that break down barriers between the two. This space brings together different communities at the University together and support the Institute on the Environment's mission to foster interdisciplinary relationships.


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

Since its inception in December of 2012, this unique space within IonE has brought new people, new ideas and vibrant artistic energy into the center of academic work on sustainability and environmental challenges within the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Now on the eleventh art exhibit at IonE, the Commons: Meeting & Art Space has provided new visions for sustainability to over one thousand students, faculty, staff and community members who participate in events in the space, who spend time working with partners in the space or who come to the Institute specifically for shows and for opening events. The Commons Meeting & Art Space has led to new collaborations in music and climate change, which have been grant funded for further work, and to interdisciplinary courses involving artists and scientists.


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 five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Art, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Communication

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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