2014 Project Grant Recipients

The Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota selected six projects through its Discovery Grant program for FY 2014.

Climate, Conflict and Displacement: Shifting Patterns in Kenyan Pastoral Communities

This project will conduct a focused study to better understand the human experience of climate variability, conflict and displacement due to climate change. It will also build multidisciplinary academic and multisectoral partnerships to develop a program that can improve the health and resilience of climate-displaced communities.

Releasing the Power of Nature for Cleaning Pollutants in Drinking Water

This collaboration between industry, academia and regulating federal, state and multinational agencies aims to develop a low-cost, low-energy-demand self-sustained bioremediation system that can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world.

Food System Design for Resilient Population Health: The Minnesota Model

This project will apply a comprehensive approach to designing an integrated, transdisciplinary food transportation system that intends to build resilience into the food web by providing dynamical indication over time of critical pathways, trade suggestions, disease outbreak locations, stakeholder connectivity needs, local investigation needs and real-time updates.

Sustainable Cities: Building an Integrative Research Network to Incorporate Natural Capital Into Design of Urban Systems     

The goal of this project is to advance understanding of the role of green infrastructure in sustainable cities and position the University of Minnesota as a leader in the field of urban sustainability and environmental science. The project aims to stimulate new collaborative research on urban ecosystem services through short-term, high-impact research activities; identify key knowledge gaps and barriers to sustainability and develop proposals to address those gaps; and support integration of research and practice through partnerships, opportunities and stakeholder engagement.

Energy Transition Lab

The Energy Transition Lab is building partnerships with government, business and other leaders to transform environmental and energy law and society. It aims to develop new policy pathways, institutional structures and regulatory solutions; foster dialogue; and drive policy change to produce cleaner energy infrastructure, more effective governance, greater environmental and energy justice, and more sustainable communities.

Global Water Initiative

The Global Water Initiative studies the coupled interaction of land use change and water resources, bringing together the study of hydrology and plant-water relations with economics and policy to explore the effects of land cover on water delivery to downstream users.