Kaler’s spotlight shines on IonE projects

Kaler: A year to remember

In University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler’s year-at-a-glance video on U of M achievements, several Institute on the Environment-affiliated projects get the spotlight.

A MODEL OF COLLABORATION – The Resilient Communities Project is an initiative of the U’s Sustainable Faculty Network, with funding and administrative support provided by IonE and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. In its second year RCP is partnering with the city of North St. Paul to address community-identified sustainability projects.

HIGH NOTES – Daniel Crawford, College of Liberal Arts undergraduate; Scott St. George, IonE resident fellow and professor of geography, College of Liberal Arts; and Todd Reubold, IonE director of communications, put their heads together to develop “A Song of Our Warming Planet,” which sets climate change data to music.

ALL THE MORE POWER – The University of Minnesota Morris - West Central Research and Outreach Center project that uses wind energy to produce anhydrous ammonia that can be used as fertilizer was funded through an IonE Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment grant. The project is part of a larger goal to reduce fossil fuel consumption in agriculture.

Connections not featured in the video but ones of which we are equally proud are UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory, which is supported by IonE, and Sarah Hobbie, who is an IonE resident fellow. Both are listed on the president’s “2013 A Year to Remember” Web page.