Why Here, Why Now?

The University of Minnesota is an ideal place to pursue market- and technology-based solutions for providing energy, food and freshwater to a global population in a way that allows society, the economy and the environment to flourish.

The Twin Cities metro, an easy day trip from either coast, is home to a thriving business community with 20 Fortune 500 company headquarters, international consulates, and leading government, media and environmental organizations. At the same time, it offers ready access to the unparalleled geographic and ecological richness found at the confluence of the Great Plains, the Great Northern Forests, the Great Rivers and the Great Lakes.

On top of that, the University of Minnesota is one of the few higher education institutions in the country that combines a complete portfolio of academic programs—including basic sciences and engineering, agriculture and natural resources, social sciences, and humanities—with a full suite of professional degree programs and a world-class school of management. And the University’s environmental research centers—including the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in central Minnesota, the Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center in Morris and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in Minneapolis—are second to none.

In the past, the U of M’s unique capacity for discovery helped inspire the Green Revolution as well as internationally recognized leadership in forestry, water resources and ecology. Today, the excellence continues with groundbreaking initiatives advancing renewable energy, linking economics and ecosystems, balancing global food production and environment protection, maintaining biodiversity and more.