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Published February 05, 2013, 11:33 PM

‘Be Green’ topic of sustainability talks

FARGO – Xcel Energy, North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery and NDSU Civic Engagement Programming have partnered to present “Be Green,” a series of talks to spur discussion and creative thinking on the topic of sustainability.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

FARGO – Xcel Energy, North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery and NDSU Civic Engagement Programming have partnered to present “Be Green,” a series of talks to spur discussion and creative thinking on the topic of sustainability.

Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams will kick off the series at noon Thursday in Memorial Union Gallery and will discuss the city’s sustainability efforts, as well as ways the city and its citizens can look to the future.

The series of talks will continue every other Thursday with the following speakers and topics (all times are noon to 1 p.m. unless otherwise denoted):

• Feb. 21, “Recycling: Changes, Innovations and Impacts,” Mary Aldrich, sales manager, Minnkota EnviroServices;

• March 7, “Energy Efficiency in a Cold Climate That Gets Hot,” Kenneth J. Hellevang, agricultural engineer and professor, NDSU Extension Service;

• March 21, 6 to 8 p.m., “Sacred Earth,” by Monte Yellowbird, with traditional stories of earth, water, animals and lifestyle in conjunction with his art exhibit in the gallery;

• April 3, “Civic Engagement and Sustainability,” Amy L. Nash, sustainability coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership and a graduate student in the NDSU Natural Resource Management Department;

• April 24, “MATBUS and Sustainability,” Gregg Schildberger, city of Fargo transit planner; and

• May 2, “Local Food and Growing Your Own,” Todd Weinmann, NDSU horticulture agent, Cass County Extension.

A question and answer time will accompany each of the talks and refreshments will be served.

All of the talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call (701) 231-7900.

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