Monday, March 18, 2002
147 Communication Arts Building, Michigan State University
"Sustainable Development in Practice: Building Community and Enhancing the Urban Environment"
Michael Krause, Executive Director, Green Institute, Minneapolis, MN www.greeeninstitute.org
Sponsored by: MSU Office of Campus Sustainability (355-1751) University Committee for a Sustainable Campus www.ecofoot.msu.edu
The Green Institute is an entrepreneurial environmental organization creating jobs, improving the quality of life, and enhancing the urban environment in inner-city Minneapolis. The Institute encompasses four programs: the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center (recognized in April 2000 by the American Institute of Architects as one of the Earth Day Top Ten in exemplary sustainable design)., the ReUse Center, DeConstruction Services, and GreenSpace Partners. Fundamental to their mission is the creation of high-quality living wage jobs for residents of the Phillips neighborhood, an area of concentrated poverty and unemployment. What sets them apart from many of their peers is their emphasis on sustainable community development, or development that simultaneously pursues economic, environmental, and social gains.
They received the 1999 National Award for Environmental Sustainability from the President's Council on Sustainable Development and ReNew America
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Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
525 S. Kedzie
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824