University of Minnesota Hires First Systemwide Chief Sustainability Officer

May 13, 2022
Tags: research SDGs

The University of Minnesota is proud to announce Shane Stennes has been hired as its first systemwide chief sustainability officer (CSO), effective May 9.

Shane Stennes

As CSO, Stennes is responsible for leading the University’s sustainability strategy, planning, programs and initiatives across its five campuses. Stennes also collaborates with leaders to drive sustainability initiatives across the University System as outlined by President Joan Gabel’s MPact 2025 strategic plan. These include building a fully sustainable future by demonstrating state and worldwide leadership in sustainability and environmental teaching and research; responsibly using resources, reducing waste, keeping water, air and land clean; and transitioning away from fossil fuels.

He also largely contributed to the University’s high placement in several categories in the Times Higher Ed Impact Rankings, which compare educational institutes worldwide for their commitment to conduct research, outreach, stewardship and teaching in areas of building a more sustainable, equitable and healthy future. This year, the University ranked No. 16 in the world and No. 5 in the U.S. for its work related to combating hunger and No. 2 in the U.S. and tied for No. 57 in the world for its work related to promoting good health and well-being.

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