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Message from the Director of Sustainability and Invitation to Spring 2017 Sustainability Planning

posted May 8, 2017, 8:06 PM by Hamline University Sustainability Office

Dear everyone at Hamline,


As you may know, Hamline hired me to expand our campus capacity for sustainability learning – an important lens for learning to thrive together in the long term. As I’ve been reminding you all, we’re gathering this Wednesday, May 10th, from 9:30am-4:30pm, in Manor Hall Main Lounge, for a sustainability retreat to lay the groundwork for a campus-wide sustainability plan.


Looking forward from the three-year sustainability pilot initiative we will be wrapping up this autumn, we will work together through a participatory planning process to develop the foundations of a campus sustainability plan, including a values framework, strategic priorities, and tactical short term accomplishable tasks.


The program is below, and the RSVP is at https://goo.gl/forms/8loPy6tA1vfrEOQ12 -- you are welcome to come either for whichever sessions fit into your schedule or for the whole day (we will also select some follow up dates based on the selections made in the RSVP form, and will be discussing participation stipends in our participatory budgeting conversation in session 4).


We look forward to this annual chance to hear the amazing sustaining work you all have been doing, and we appreciate it all.



Valentine Cadieux and the Thrive Team


Program overview:

Session 1

9:30 – 10:15am Morning introductions and framing: What are campus values; what is Hamline’s specific homegrown vision of sustainability?


Session 2

10:15–11:15am Four breakout groups on Hamline venues of sustainability practice (report back at 11:00 – 11:15 values, vision, and practices)


Session 3

11:30am–1:00pm Lunch at Bishop’s Bistro and field trip through the waste diversion project


Session 4

1:15–2:15pm Campus classroom efforts & campus sustainability programming; presentations and discussion on:

  • food shelf development and poverty competency training
  • sustainability inflection in learning outcomes: existing Hamline Plan plus proposed civic engagement, global learning, and collaboration
  • participatory budgeting and priority setting


Session 5

2:15–3:00pm Breakout groups creating scenarios for the sustainability efforts to prioritize in the next year, and in the long term


Session 6

3:15–4:30pm Grants teams for top three collective priorities for sustainability programming across the next year, and a foundation for further discussion for a longer term plan

Hamline University Sustainability Office,
May 8, 2017, 8:06 PM