Green Gal 13 Jun 18

Green Gal 

With their J1 visas almost expiring, Australian Tess McGahan and German Britta Fuengers are wrapping up their work with the UMM’s Office of Sustainability.  At last night’s Morris City Council meeting, the pair made a presentation of the work they’ve been doing in Morris with the Morris Model, building relationships with Morris’ sister city of Saerbeck, Germany, working with the Morris High School Robotics team on their solar project, promoting charging stations for electric vehicles.  

McGahan and Fuengers have also been looking at city and university campus buildings in Morris to benchmark their energy usage and see where improvements can be made.  McGahan told KMRS recently about two of the city buildings she has been focusing on.  McGahan and Fuengers have also been looking at the UMM’s two most sustainable buildings, the Welcome Center and the Green Prairie, to measure if they are as efficient as they should be.  She noted that setting a renewable energy target is a good idea for communities and utilities to help them achieve their goals.  Otter Tail Power Company, she cited, had a goal of having 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025, a goal which has already been met.