Sustainability //Students in the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities’ Sustainability Task Force are making changes on and off campus. Teaming up with Energy Management, MPIRG students are making buildings across campus more energy efficient. This fall, MPIRG will be organizing Campus Wars, a competition between campus dorms to reduce energy consumption. The task force is also working on Moving Forward Minnesota to increase the availability of mass transit and bike lanes for commuters. Finally, the students are working with the city of Minneapolis to create a business recycling program.
UMTC MPIRG leads the charge to install energy efficieny equipment in Donhowe Hall.
UMTC MPIRGers carry the equipment required to increase energy efficiency from room to room and floor to floor. Results will be closely monitored using precise tracking equipment to determine total efficieny gains and CO2 emissions reductions.
Economic Justice //The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Economic Justice Task Force is working hard on a variety of issues. Capitalizing on last year’s progress with the Opportunity MN legislation, the task force is looking to continue work on the legislation as well as addressing the high cost of textbooks and the extra burden on students. The task force will also be working on the Campus Kitchen program; an effort to provide food to individuals in need of a good meal.
Joshua Winters, Executive Director, and Ryan Kennedy, Board Chair and UMTC student, testify before the Senate Higher Education Committee on Opportunity Minnesota.
Public Health //The Public Health Task Force will be making healthcare accessibility a main priority this year. On campus, the task force will work to make healthcare lingo and issues easier to understand for students at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities as well as inform them about their rights. Statewide, the Public Health Task Force will be working closely with Minnesota’s legislators to bring access to affordable healthcare to Minnesotans all over the state.
UMTC MPIRG meets with Rep. Phyllis Kahn to support a ban on BPA, a known toxin and endocrine disruptor, in children's products.
Gender & Sexuality Initiatives //The Gender & Sexuality Initiatives Task Force is working on a groundbreaking study to research the reality of sexual violence on Minnesota’s campuses. The 25th anniversary of the Minnesota Gender and Sexuality Violence Study will measure violence on twenty-five campuses across the state and bring leading organizations working on women’s and GLBT issues together. The Gender and Sexuality Initiatives will also be working to bring the Vagina Monologues back to campus and organize another big turnout for the metro-wide Take Back the Night.
To get involved, contact the UMTC student leaders: