This spring William Kiehne, Zachary Damond-Midnight, Hannah Goemann, and Theo Buysse visited Saerbeck, Germany, as part of the University of Minnesota’s Leading the Renewables Revolution program. This multi-institutional study abroad program offered students from the Morris, Duluth, and Twin Cities campuses chances to learn about the political and technological sides of sustainability.
The City of Saerbeck has implemented a comprehensive range of renewable energy resources. Its bio-gasification chamber, wind turbines, and solar beds—all part of its successfully turning a military bunker into an energy park—have established Saerbeck as a sustainability-focused, environmentally friendly city.
The city also has a partnership with the City of Morris; the two are working together and sharing ideas in hopes of making both communities even more environmentally friendly and inspiring others to do the same.
Visiting Saerbeck and seeing these efforts up-close through the Leading the Renewables Revolution program helped Kiehne, Damond-Midnight, Goemann, and Buysse learn more about implementing technology in other communities to make them more energy-efficient.
The students’ participation in the program has benefited the campus and community. Troy Goodnough, director of sustainability said in a press release, “Our students returned toMinnesotawith excitement and inspiration about new directions and opportunities for our home community.”