“Renewable Energy Development at the University of Minnesota”
With 80,000 people, 1000 acres, 250 buildings, and 24 million square feet of space, the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus is almost like a city. All those people and facilities consume a significant amount of energy in order for the University to fulfill its mission of teaching, research, and outreach. Come learn how the University is meeting some of that energy demand with renewable electricity while working to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2050.
About the Speaker
Director of Sustainability
University of Minnesota
Shane Stennes is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Shane works with staff, students, and faculty to advance campus sustainability, particularly as it relates to energy, food, construction, transportation, water, and waste management systems. For the past two years Shane has been leading the campus' renewable energy program, which currently has contracts for over 57,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity in 2018. Prior to becoming Director of Sustainability in 2015, Shane served in a variety of related roles including Chief Administrative Officer for the University's Facilities Management department and Human Resource Manager for University operations. Shane has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and a Master of Human Resources degree from the University of South Carolina.