Timelines and Photos

SELFsustain 2016

SELFsustain participants enjoy lunch
SELFsustain participants enjoy lunch

Students enjoyed mingling and eating a delicious lunch from local restaurant, Mi Mexico.

Chancellor Jacquie greets students
Chancellor Jacquie greets students

Jacquie Johnson welcomes visiting students and talks about her love for sustainability at Morris.

Particpants of SELFsustain 2016
Particpants of SELFsustain 2016

Students at the SELFsustain Conference 2016 represented the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Crookston campuses and talked about their sustainability projects and goals during the two day gathering.

SELFsustain participants enjoy lunch
SELFsustain participants enjoy lunch

Students enjoyed mingling and eating a delicious lunch from local restaurant, Mi Mexico.

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Skype Meeting Photos with our Partners in Saerbeck, Germany 

First Skype Meeting with Saerbeck
First Skype Meeting with Saerbeck

April 19, 2016 (from left) Blaine Hill (Morris City Manager), Sheldon Giese (Morris Mayor), and Bryan Hermann (University of Minnesota Morris Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities Management) pose for a photo shortly after the initial Skype meeting with our contact in Saerbeck, Germany. Also attending the meeting (not pictured) were Troy Goodnough (Office of Sustainability Director) and Morris Model Interns Saskia Zinn and Mckenzie Dice.

Second Skype Meeting with Saerbeck
Second Skype Meeting with Saerbeck

The members of the Morris Model team are pictured Skyping with our partners in Saerbek, Germany, including the mayor of Saerbeck, Mayor Roos, and Guido Wallraven, along with a few other key members of their climate community.

Second Meeting with Saerbeck
Second Meeting with Saerbeck

Pictured are several of the Morris Model team members. In the back row from left to right: Bryan Hermann, Saskia Zinn, Mckenzie Dice, and Blaine Hill. In the front row from left to right: David Fluegel, Becky Young, Bill Klyve, and Mike Reese.

First Skype Meeting with Saerbeck
First Skype Meeting with Saerbeck

April 19, 2016 (from left) Blaine Hill (Morris City Manager), Sheldon Giese (Morris Mayor), and Bryan Hermann (University of Minnesota Morris Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities Management) pose for a photo shortly after the initial Skype meeting with our contact in Saerbeck, Germany. Also attending the meeting (not pictured) were Troy Goodnough (Office of Sustainability Director) and Morris Model Interns Saskia Zinn and Mckenzie Dice.

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Morris Model Team Recognized at Minnesota State Fair 

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair

The City of Morris was chosen as a finalist for the Clean Energy Community Award given by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. A recognition ceremony for the finalists took place at the Minnesota State Fair on August 28, 2016 at the ExoExperience building. The Morris Model received the award for Achievement in October.

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair

The City of Morris was chosen as a finalist for the Clean Energy Community Award given by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. A recognition ceremony for the finalists took place at the Minnesota State Fair on August 28, 2016 at the ExoExperience building. The Morris Model received the award for Achievement in October.

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Pictured left to right: Kyle Klausing (UMM Alumnus), Troy Goodnough (Director of the UMM Office of Sustainability), Blaine Hill (Morris City Manager), Sophie Bishop (Morris Model Intern), Bill Grant (Deputy Commissioner of Division of Energy Resources), Saskia Zinn (UMM Alumna), Mckenzie Dice (Morris Model Intern), Bryan Herrmann (UMM Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities).

Morris Delegates Visit Saerbeck, Germany 

Student Built Solar Saerbeck School
Student Built Solar Saerbeck School

Students in Saerbeck, Germany installed some of the solar panels on the roof of their school, the Maximilian Kolbe Gesamtschule. About 537 solar panels total provide a peak energy generation of 96.66 kW

Pedestrian Friendly Road in Muenster
Pedestrian Friendly Road in Muenster

The city of Muenster includes many pedestrian and cyclist friendly paths for an easy and zero carbon mode of transportation. There are streets, such as the Promenade ( 4.5 km), that are only for bikes and walking.

Major Bike Pathways in Muenster
Major Bike Pathways in Muenster

Zero-emission transportation is highly encourages in Muenster and many other towns in Germany by the creation of many bike and walking paths and fewer parking spaces in the city.

Student Built Solar Saerbeck School
Student Built Solar Saerbeck School

Students in Saerbeck, Germany installed some of the solar panels on the roof of their school, the Maximilian Kolbe Gesamtschule. About 537 solar panels total provide a peak energy generation of 96.66 kW

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Rural Climate Dialogue 2016

Rural Climate Diologue 2016

Rural Climate Dialogue
Rural Climate Dialogue

On September 8th and 9th, citizens from Stevens County participated in the Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening held in St. Paul. In attendance were Troy Goodnough, Rickey Scott, John Geleneau, Don Reicosky, Kelly Asche (from left to right) and Becky Young (missing from picture).

Rural Climate Dialogue
Rural Climate Dialogue

The State Convening event was an opportunity for participants to learn how other rural communities are thinking about -- and preparing for -- extreme weather and climate challenges in Minnesota. The event also provided an opportunity to visit with statewide organizations and recommend ideas for how these agencies could support rural areas working on community resilience planning.

Rural Climate Dialogue
Rural Climate Dialogue

On September 8th and 9th, citizens from Stevens County participated in the Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening held in St. Paul. In attendance were Troy Goodnough, Rickey Scott, John Geleneau, Don Reicosky, Kelly Asche (from left to right) and Becky Young (missing from picture).

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Stevens Country Commissioners Meeting Presentation 

Stevens County Commissioner Meeting
Stevens County Commissioner Meeting

Sophie Bishop ('17) presents the ideas and goals of the Morris Model project to the Stevens County Commissioners on October 27, 2016.

Stevens County Commissioner Meeting
Stevens County Commissioner Meeting

Sophie Bishop ('17) presents the ideas and goals of the Morris Model project to the Stevens County Commissioners on October 27, 2016.

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German Delegation Visit to Morris

Presentation at High School
Presentation at High School

Mayor Roos and Guido Wallraven present what they are working on and what they have accomplished in Saerbeck to 150 students at the Morris Area High School.

Presentaion at High School
Presentaion at High School

Mayor Roos and Guido Wallraven present what they are working on and what they have accomplished in Saerbeck to 150 students at the Morris Area High School.

Morris Model Brainstorming Meeting
Morris Model Brainstorming Meeting

The Morris Model team and German partners pose for a picture.

Presentation at High School
Presentation at High School

Mayor Roos and Guido Wallraven present what they are working on and what they have accomplished in Saerbeck to 150 students at the Morris Area High School.

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Celebration of Morris Model Work 

Student Interns and Supervisors
Student Interns and Supervisors

Morris Model student interns pose for a photo to celebrate work they have done so far. From left to right, Troy Goodnough (Office of Sustainability Director), Sydney Bauer, Maeve Maron, Hayley Gill, Mckenzie Dice, Matt Ebaugh, Sophie Bishop, Alexa Barta, Kelly Ashe (MCenter for Small Towns Program Coordinator), and Katie Ledermann.

Student Interns and Supervisors
Student Interns and Supervisors

Morris Model student interns pose for a photo to celebrate work they have done so far. From left to right, Troy Goodnough (Office of Sustainability Director), Sydney Bauer, Maeve Maron, Hayley Gill, Mckenzie Dice, Matt Ebaugh, Sophie Bishop, Alexa Barta, Kelly Ashe (MCenter for Small Towns Program Coordinator), and Katie Ledermann.

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2016 Clean Energy Community Awards Ceremony 

Morris Model Pose with Award
Morris Model Pose with Award

Morris Model members receive the Clean Energy Community Award. Pictured left to right: Bill Grant (Deputy Commissioner of Division of Energy Resources), Sophie Bishop, Mckenzie Dice, Sheldon Giese, Sydney Bauer, Troy Goodnough, and Blaine Hill.

Morris Model Presentation
Morris Model Presentation

Blaine Hill, Morris City Manager, gives a presentation to the attendees on the work being done in the Morris Model.

The Morris Model Poster Display
The Morris Model Poster Display

Posters for the achievement award winning communities were displayed.

Morris Model Pose with Award
Morris Model Pose with Award

Morris Model members receive the Clean Energy Community Award. Pictured left to right: Bill Grant (Deputy Commissioner of Division of Energy Resources), Sophie Bishop, Mckenzie Dice, Sheldon Giese, Sydney Bauer, Troy Goodnough, and Blaine Hill.

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UMN Students Visit Partnership City in Saerbeck, Germany 

Visit to NRW Energy Ministry
Visit to NRW Energy Ministry

Students and faculty of UMN visit the North Rhein Westphalia (NRW) Energy Ministry and hear from various speakers about policies and developments regarding clean energy in NRW and Germany.

Morris Students With Saerbeck Reps
Morris Students With Saerbeck Reps

The students on the trip from the Morris campus visit with Mayor Wilfried Roos and City Manager Guido Wallraven. Left to right: Hannah Goemann, Wilfried Roos, Theo Buysse, Guido Wallraven, Zach Damond-Midnight, and Liam Kiehne.

Visit to Parliament in Dusseldorf
Visit to Parliament in Dusseldorf

Students and faculty of UMN visit the Parliament in Dusseldorf, Germany and hear from the members of the Social-Democrats, Green Party, and Pirate Party.

Visit to NRW Energy Ministry
Visit to NRW Energy Ministry

Students and faculty of UMN visit the North Rhein Westphalia (NRW) Energy Ministry and hear from various speakers about policies and developments regarding clean energy in NRW and Germany.

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Morris Model Receives Climate Adaptation Award

Morris Model Team Receiving Award
Morris Model Team Receiving Award

The Morris Model Team receives the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Award for Institutions in St. Paul from Dr. Mark Seeley, a renowned climatologist.

Morris Model Team Receiving Award
Morris Model Team Receiving Award

The Morris Model Team receives the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Award for Institutions in St. Paul from Dr. Mark Seeley, a renowned climatologist.

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Morris Model Receives Local Government Innovation Award

Morris Model Receives Award
Morris Model Receives Award

The Morris Model Team accepted the Local Government Innovation Award in the "Cities" category on December 7, 2017. This award honors cities which have demonstrated outstanding leadership in improving city infrastructure, planning, and, in the case of Morris, sustainability.

Morris Model Receives Award
Morris Model Receives Award

The Morris Model Team accepted the Local Government Innovation Award in the "Cities" category on December 7, 2017. This award honors cities which have demonstrated outstanding leadership in improving city infrastructure, planning, and, in the case of Morris, sustainability.

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Timeline of Morris Model Events

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October 9, 2014

 

 

 

October 16,2015

 

 

 

November, 2015

 

 

 

April 1-2, 2016

 

 

 

 

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April 19, 2016

 

 

 

May 12, 2016

August 28, 2016

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October 5, 2016

November 10, 2016

 

 

Delegation from Minnesota attended a German energy conference. Lowell Rasmussen gave presentation on Morris’ renewable energy efforts and visited Saerbeck.

Guido Wallraven and Mayor Wilfried Roos visited Morris

 

 

Climate Partnership Agreement signed with Saerbeck

 

 

City Manager and Mayor of Morris met with Eutechtics to discuss potential community solar project (Solar Garden)

 

OOS interns present progress and information about Saerbeck-Morris Climate Partnership to other U of M campuses at SELFsustain conference, hosted in Morris

Office of Sustainability interns & Troy Goodnough met with Leah Brink and Director of GO Minnesota via Google Hangout to discuss potential summer cultural exchange opportunities for German students in Morris

Skype with Guido Wallraven about recent successes in both communities

 

 

Skype with Morris Model Team members and Mayor Roos in Saerbeck to discuss future educational, cultural, and informational sustainability exchanges between both communities

The Morris Model Team visits the Minnesota State Fair EcoExperience building to be recognized for being a finalist for the Clean Energy Community Award. 

German partners Guido Wallraven and Mayor Willfried Roos visit Morris to talk about achievement, plans, and future goals in clean energy, energy conservation, community resilience, climate protection, and of course, cultural exchange and celebration of our efforts. 

The Morris Model receives the Clean Energy Community Award from the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the area of Achievement. 

Members of the Morris Model, Mayor Sheldon Giese, Blaine Hill, Troy Goodnough, Mckenzie Dice, and Sophie Bishop travel to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the Clean Energy Community Award ceremony.