Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of Minnesota, Morris
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Building a Climate Smart Community

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Morris campus and city of Morris are partnering with the University of Minnesota -- Institute on the Environment Climate Smart Municipalities program. The CSM program selected 5 pilot communities in Minnesota to partner with 5 communities in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The city of Morris entered into a sister-city and technical partnership agreement with the city of Saerbeck. Saerbeck is one of the greenest cities in Europe (Winner of the European Energy Award). During academic year 2017-2018 we partnered to bring a delegation of Germans from the five cities to Morris. We also sent delegations of Morris representatives to Germany, including administrators and students.
We are building a lasting relationship with the city of Saerbeck. Morris students, staff and administrators have visited North Rhine Westphalia, and Saerbeck, and have created new friendships. We have exchanged technical ideas and used them to improve our work. The Morris campus provides support to the city of Morris to maintain this relationship. For example, when the German delegation visited Morris we provided a large community dinner event, followed by a community discussion with members of the German delegation, Morris students, and community members. We are expanding our efforts into the Morris public schools – connecting high school students in Germany and Morris.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:


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