Minnesota State University, Mankato is the second largest campus in Minnesota, and serves over 15,000 students. The University designed and implemented a Sustainability Plan to reduce its carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency across campus. Through a series of projects, including lighting retrofits and replacement of boiler controls, the University has reduced its carbon footprint and operating costs.

Honorable Mention

Sustainability at Renewal by Andersen

Renewal by Andersen replaces windows as a subsidiary of Andersen Corporation. Their sustainability work has led them to provide over 100 percent solar power at their Cottage Grove Plant, plant a variety of trees and shrubs and commit to low-maintenance, high-quality, energy efficient projects.

About the Sustainable Leadership: Large Employer Category

An employer with more than 500 employees that demonstrates collaborative efforts to pursue sustainable business practices or offer private sector-based solutions to environmental challenges. The project should demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship, economic benefit and social equity.