Community Read Author Visit

Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will visit CMN on March 2, 2017 at the Cultural Learning Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m. A Q&A session and book signing will conclude the night.

“In some Native languages the term plants translates to, those who take care of us.” -Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Braiding Sweetgrass Book Discussion

Join us in the Library Foyer from 12-1 p.m. for a discussion led by the Sustainable Development Institute staff. This semester’s community read book is, Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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Community Read Event: Indigenous Mindfulness

Join us in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/ Menominee Public Library for the next Community Read event presented by Guy “Anakwet” Reiter.

Indigenous people have practiced the art of mindfulness and now it’s benefits are substantiated by science. Join us for a lunch and learn from 12-1 p.m. in the library classroom.

Leave with a few simple mindfulness techniques you can practice on your own.

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Feb 14

RecycleMania 2017 Week 1 Update

During week one of RecycleMania the College of Menominee Nation campus produced 319 pounds of recycled materials and 290 pounds of waste.

These recycled and waste materials are collected by maintenance from campus buildings as normal and left outside the garbage bins next to the water tower. SDI took on the first week of weighing the garbage at the end of each day. Dr. Vickers’s Sustainable Development class will also be taking the lead on a week during this eight week competition.

SDI supplies the items needed for recording the data each day. The process is simple; weigh yourself on the scale provided, pick up as much as you can hold and step on the scale once again, and then subtract your weight from the total number. The remaining weight will be the amount of recyclables or waste to record on the table provided. This process may need to be repeated three to four times until all of the material is weighed.

There is still an opportunity for your class, department, or student organization to become involved and learn more about RecycleMania.

Contact Rebecca Edler by email: redler@menominee.edu or phone: (715)799-6226 ext:3043.

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Feb 08

Recycling at CMN

Recycling has been around for some time now, but as always, change occurs or we become complacent in our habits. In addition to reducing cost, identifying what we recycle and working to improve our recycling habits will benefit our family and community, improve our overall health, and help to sustain the earth.

 
 
 
 

At the College of Menominee Nation there are recycle bins in each classroom and every hallway making it easy to dispose of the recyclable materials. Yet, the recycle bins are not always used. Are people unsure of what to recycle or do they not care? Perhaps they care but think their one bottle or one piece of paper will not make a difference.

When campus recyclable material is thrown into the waste, the items are transported to a landfill in northern Wisconsin, just outside of Antigo, to be buried in a pit. According to the campus 2015-16 campus greenhouse gas inventory, approximately 8,480 pounds of waste was generated and went into the landfill, and this amount excluded the summer semester.

The following materials are considered to be waste materials:

  • Styrofoam

  • Non-recyclable food packaging

  • Diapers and adult pads

  • Paper toweling and tissue

  • Paper products with food and grease on it

  • Candy wrappers

  • Chip bags

  • Plastic binders

The following materials are recyclable:

  • Any plastic water and/or soda bottle

  • Paper

  • Paper notebooks, folders, and books

  • Newspaper

  • Magazines

  • Cardboard boxes and containers

There are other materials that are considered to be recyclable, but the campus does not accept them in their recycle bins. These items may be taken to the community waste site or picked up during the community Clean Sweep that occurs every spring. These items include:

  • Household appliances

  • Electrical wire

  • Copper

  • Automotive tires

  • Electronic Equipment

  • Brass and Iron

  • Engine Oil

On campus we have stations to drop off small batteries (not automobile, boat, or motorcycle), and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to bring in their batteries and drop them off at these stations. The stations are located at the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library foyer, SDI, and the Green Bay/Oneida campus front desk. Empty toner cartridges can be taken to the Glen Miller Hall to be disposed of.

There are several compost stations at the Keshena campus for individuals to dispose of their compostable waste. You can find one located between the Library and Shirley Daly Hall and another at SDI. In the spring, there will be one placed outside of Litoff Hall (Campus Commons).

Our campus does not have a cafeteria; therefore, most faculty, staff, and many students bring a lunch or eat off-campus. When hosting campus events, a catering service may provide food. When selecting a caterer, it is best to ask if they use eco-friendly dishes, utensils, and food containers. Some offer plates and utensils that they take back with them to wash and reuse, this is the best choice.

If at all possible, it is recommended that disposable food containers be rinsed out placed in the recycle bins. Many of the food containers, especially aluminum ones, are recyclable. Some of the paper ones may not be recyclable if they contain grease.

Recycling takes a bit of work, but if everyone does their part, it will reduce the campus greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling habits will carry over off campus, and that will making our community a cleaner and better place to live.

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Sustainability Leadership Cohort Information Meeting

SDI will be hosting information meetings to provide students and parents with details about the program. Two meetings will be held to accommodate busy schedules of parents and students.

Anyone interested in the Sustainability Leadership Cohort is encouraged to attend and learn more about the program. Application materials will be available as well as the schedule for the year.

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Sustainability Leadership Cohort Information Meeting

SDI will be hosting information meetings to provide students and parents with details about the program. Two meetings will be held to accommodate busy schedules of parents and students.

Anyone interested in the Sustainability Leadership Cohort is encouraged to attend and learn more about the program. Application materials will be available as well as the schedule for the year.

 

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Agricultural Research Project Workshop

Garden1The College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and the University of Wisconsin Extension invite you to a free two day workshop on the basics of soil science and agronomic research design.

Day One: Activities will focus on building attendees’ knowledge of traditional Menominee farming practices, soil science and statistical basics, proper agronomic field research and sampling design, and the use of traditional ecological knowledge and scientific ecological knowledge to evaluate environmental changes. Click here for full day one agenda.

Day Two: Activities will focus on the specific protocols and methods used in tribal, human subjects and agronomic research. Attendees will gain hands-on experience designing a research project to evaluate the use of traditional Menominee soil amendments and cropping practices on soil health and productivity at CMN-SDI during 2017-2018, as part of a US Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Tribal Colleges Research Grant. See full day two agenda by clicking here.

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Jan 31

Former SDI Intern, Wendy Dorman, Receives National Teaching Award

Photo credit: EMU Today, Eastern Michigan University

 

Wendy Dorman was awarded the Outstanding Teachers Assistant Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). This award honors graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence as teaching assistants. She is currently a graduate student studying GIS at Eastern Michigan University and a teaching assistant for Dr. Katherine Ryker.

Wendy Dorman, SDI 2015 summer intern, contributed to the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) project as climate change researcher. Her work included the NECSC Collaboration in Action Project, preparation for the Indigenous Planning Summer Institute, and researching GIS application use at SDI and on the CMN campus.

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Jan 27

Agricultural Research Project Workshop

The College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Extension invite you to a free two day workshop on the basics of soil science and agronomic research design. The workshop is February 1-2, 2017, at the College of Menominee Nation Keshena campus,Shirley Daley Hall room 126.

REGISTER HERE

Day One: Activities will focus on building attendees’ knowledge of traditional Menominee farming practices, soil science and statistical basics, proper agronomic field research and sampling design, and the use of traditional ecological knowledge and scientific ecological knowledge to evaluate environmental changes.
       
Click here for the full day one agenda.

Day Two: Activities will focus on the specific protocols and methods used in tribal, human subjects and agronomic research. Attendees will gain hands-on experience designing a research project to evaluate the use of traditional Menominee soil amendments and cropping practices on soil health and productivity at CMN-SDI during 2017-2018, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Tribal Colleges Research Grant.

Click here for the full day two agenda.

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