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Beautiful U Day 2008

Beautiful U Day 2008.The University Community celebrated the Beautiful U Day 2008 on Thursday, April 17, 2008. On that one day, we distributed 10,000 compact florescent light bulbs to the campus community. Using those light bulbs will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,028,549 pounds each year.

That's what we call Beautiful.




Twin Cities Campus Wide Events

  • ReUse Program Spring Auction
  • The Greening of the West Bank
  • Beautiful U Day Lunch



Beautiful U Day Awards

Each year, awards are presented recognizing beautification and sustainability efforts on campus.

Beautiful Classroom Award: Since 2003, Beautiful U Day and the Office of Classroom Management honor the custodial staff member or team that provides University of Minnesota students with classrooms that are clean and ready for use every day. Nominations made by OCM and one recipient selected by Building Services supervisors.

Beautiful Building Award: A partnership between Beautiful U Day and Facilities Management, the Beautiful Building Award honors the custodial staff member or team that provides University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff with facilities and spaces that are clean and comfortable. This award encompasses all campus buildings and areas. Nominations made by building contacts.


Beautiful U Day Grants

Fifteen student and departmental groups received Beautiful U Day grants totaling more than $28,000 in 2008. Thank you for your efforts to make the University of Minnesota more beautiful.

Headwaters Ecology Club – Native Restoration of Itasca Gardens
The Headwaters Ecology Club restored gardens at the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories and campus and planted native and flowering species.

Southeast Como Improvement Student Association Student Group – Beautiful U Bike Trailer Building Extravaganza
The SECIA Student Group led a workshop demonstrating how to build a bicycle trailer from a salvaged bike frame. In addition, SECIA distributed solar motion lights.

Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club – Sarita Wetland Revegetation
The project restored the native understory of the woodland wetland. After planting, the group is now evaluating the success of a variety of herbaceous plants and forest herbs. In addition, the Club added native shrubs for wildlife habitat, such as Gray Dogwood and others that provide food and nesting sites for songbirds.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group – Plastic Water Bottle Exchange
Through their Water Bottle Exchange project, MPIRG educated students on the many environmental problems caused by plastic water bottles and provided students with eco-friendly, reusable alternatives in exchange for their plastic water bottles.

UMD Sustainability Coalition – Vending Machine Power Conservation Project
The UMD Sustainability Coalition installed Vending Misers on 10 vending machines across campus as a demonstration of their energy saving possibilities. The devices function as motion detectors: they turn off vending machines when there is no activity around them and back on a gain when motion is sensed.

UMD Office of Civic Engagement – Composting with Children’s Place
The Office of Civic Engagement used BUD Grant funds to buy a 100 gallon vermicomposting bin that was placed at UMD’s Children’s Place, an on-campus child care facility. Since the installation, the children have collected their compostable food scraps during lunch and have fed the worms on a weekly basis. The project was enriched by partnerships with the UMD Biology Club and Recreation Sports Outdoor Program

Crookston Student Association – Faculty, Staff and Student Aluminum Can Drive Contest
The Crookston Student Association sponsored a university-wide aluminum can drive contest between students, faculty and staff.

UMD Facilities Management, Recycling and Solid Waste Unit – Student Neighbors Furniture Clean-Up
Again in 2008, this project helped students recycle and dispose of furniture as they moved from off-campus apartments at the end of Spring Semester. This popular program has improved relationships between UMD students and residents in surrounding neighborhoods.

UMM Studio Art Discipline – Woodkiln Site Beautification
This project improved the two acre area on the northeast edge of the Morris campus that houses the U of M Morris Woodkiln. Volunteers removed brush and debris that included scrap concrete and wood pallets. They also planted dogwood windbreaks and installed 10 new birdhouses.

North Central ROC and Extension Regional Center – Rain Gardens at Grand Rapids
Volunteers created rain gardens on two site adjacent to the Administration Building at the North Central ROC. The project helped gather rainwater that would otherwise runoff from the site.

UMM Habitat for Humanity – Pot Your Own Plant
Members of the Morris campus selected and planted their own perennials, houseplants and flowering plants. The project beautified offices and residence hall rooms across campus.

Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society – Water Structure and Peat Bog for the Nature Nook
The Nature Nook on the Crookston campus includes the three landscape biomes found in Minnesota. The Wildlife Society project completed the coniferous forest and bog biomes with a wetland pool and rocky waterfall.

Alpha Eta Rho – Crookston Airport Beautification
The Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity in Crookston beautified the Crookston Municipal Airport-Kirwood Field with flower beds, shrubs and perennial flowers. The project significantly improved an area used extensively by the University of Minnesota Crookston aviation students, faculty and staff.

Outdoor Educators Club – Rock Pond Clean Up and Restoration
This project restored the shoreline around Rock Pond in the Bagely Nature Area at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Volunteers removed non-native species and cleaned up this heavily used nature area.

UMM Minnesota Public Interest Research Group – Green Energy Building Identifiers
As a national leader in green energy, the University of Minnesota Morris has a goal of becoming energy self-sufficient by 2010. This project provided 33 sign holders, placed in main entrances of buildings across campus that identifies the building as powered by renewable and sustainable energy.

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