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Troy Goodnough is the campus sustainability coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). Sustainability means considering the economic, social, and environmental costs of any decision, and meeting present needs without compromising the options for future generations.

“We want our children and grandchildren to live in a world that isn’t depleted—a world with clean water, air, abundant plant and wildlife, and energy—a world we would be proud to pass on.”

Goodnough's job is to help lessen the campus' "ecological footprint," develop classes and research in sustainability, and teach outside UMM about the University's efforts to conserve resources, save money, and be socially responsible. He's working with a team at UMM to build a reactor that turns corn leftovers into a gas fuel. The reactor will be the first at a US university, and the energy it produces will heat and cool campus buildings.