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Sustainability Fair

Sustainability Fair: Free Store, Food, Films & Art

October 10, 2019 | Kirby Ballroom | 10am - 3pm

Join us in celebrating National Campus Sustainability Month by attending the annual UMD Sustainability Fair! 

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
10am - 3pm
Kirby Ballroom


Each year, we invite campus departments, student groups, and local businesses, nonprofits, and governmental organizations to table at the fair to showcase their sustainability efforts and practices. Please check back often as we update the list of confirmed exhibitors. 

  • Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
  • KirbyLEAD
  • UMD Land Lab
  • Clean Snowmobile Club (student org)
  • Ecolibrium3
  • Regional Stormwater Protection Team (home of the Poop Fairy)
  • MN Army National Guard Environmental Sustainability Dept. 
  • Whole Foods Co-Op
  • Duluth Coffee Company
  • MPIRG at UMD (student org)
  • Dahl's Sunrise Dairy
  • UMD Stormwater
  • American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
  • UMD SUN Delegation (student org)
  • Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
  • Minnesota Power
  • KUMD 
  • Student Sustainability Coalition (student org)
  • Our Mississippi Our Future

Winter Free Store Pop-up

Donations of warm clothing (jackets, sweaters, flannels, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots) and being collected NOW through Oct. 8 and will be given away through the Winter Free Store Pop-up. Anyone can donate and any current UMD student can shop the Free Store to get something new for the coming winter. There will be an item limit per shopper, which will be determined based on the number of donations received. 

Short Films 

We will be showing a wide variety of short films that relate to the wide range of sustainability topics. Categories of films will include: food, zero waste, energy, transportation, conservation, activism, gender equity, and more. We will post the list of films and approximate showing times below as films are selected. 

UMD Sustainability Fair| Short Film Fest | Title, Length, Description & Link

Art & Student Work

Have you produced art, research, or a class project that relates to sustainability and would like the chance to showcase it during the fair? If so, please fill out this Google Form: Art & Student Work submissions.

**You are welcome, but not required, to be present with your work. Please indicate your preference on the form.**

Free Food!

The fair happens during fall harvest, which makes for great local food items. This year, we will showcase Butternut Squash Soup, made with squash from our own UMD Farm. We will also have a variety of apples to taste test. Exhibitors may also be offering samples of their goods.

Low/Zero Waste Commitment

We are committed to hosting a low waste event. All food provided at the fair will be served in compostable products and we encourage our exhibitors to only provide giveaway items that are recyclable or compostable. You can contribute to this low waste event by Bringing Your Own reusable items: bowl for soup, apples, and other food items; utensils; mug or water bottle. We each have a role to play in the journey to zero waste and your choices matter! 


The most hassle-free way to spend time at UMD is to ride the DTA and get dropped off at the front door! Use the DTA Trip Planner to help get you to campus quickly and efficiently. If you drive, Pay Lot G (pink on map) is your best bet. Enter campus by the library and walk straight to Kirby Student Center. 


If you have questions about the Sustainability Fair or would like more information about any of the above aspects of the fair, please contact Jonna Korpi,