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Workshop with local agencies to examine sustainable communities

November 4, 2013

Government and community representatives will gather for a presentation and workshop Friday, Nov. 8, at UW-Stout to examine the issue of sustainability within cities and communities.

Main Street as Laboratory: A Sustainable Communities Initiative Workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Student Center in the Cedar and Maplewood rooms, on the first floor.

The workshop will be held last, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Residents are welcome to participate.

Food for Thought logoExpected to attend are representatives from the Menomonie City Council, Main Street Menomonie, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Sustainable Dunn and other entities. It will be led by Joan Menefee, associate professor in the English and philosophy department, and Charles Connerly, from the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Connerly and colleague Nick Benson will discuss their work overseeing student projects such as energy use surveys, energy reduction measures, community design projects and alternative transportation studies. Their visit is sponsored by UW-Stout's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Network.

Attendees will break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at the Menomonie Market Food Co-Op.

Friday's event wraps up the fall Food for Thought Film and Speaker Series on campus, sponsored by UW-Stout's Sustainability Office and Sustainable Dunn. This year's series focused on climate change and sustainable community development. For more information, click here.

Another Food for Thought event, a screening followed by discussion of the documentary "Detropia," will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. The film looks at how the loss of manufacturing jobs has hurt Detroit.

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