Living Laboratory

Studies of Minnesota's forests, at the frontline of climate change, can provide a window into how forests will respond in other places. Research on biofuels made from native prairie grasses is informing the future of biofuels everywhere. And tracking persistent toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes serves as a bellwether for how these pollutants behave globally. Thanks to this dynamic setting, researchers see Minnesota as an ideal natural laboratory. More>>

Features
Action Heroes

Action Heroes

The University of Minnesota is currently home to more than 20 environment-focused student organizations, with motivated Millennials at the helm.
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Tourist Attraction

Tourist Attraction

To truly meet the standard of a sustainable tourist spot, destinations must do more than simply paint themselves green.
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Algae: Hope or Hype?

Algae: Hope or Hype?

Is algae really the fuel source of the future? Or will it go the way of other highly hyped but still unproven gasoline substitutes?
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Departments
Community

Community:
Order of the Day

With a full menu of options, the Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan will serve Minnesota today and far into the future.
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Connections

Connections:
Mission Sustainable

The University of Minnesota is leading the charge in sustainability programs, but determining where the gaps are is no small feat.
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Standout

Standout:
Green Expectations

Thomas Friedman discusses his latest book: Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.
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Viewpoints

Viewpoints:
Local Food for Thought

Farm to fork. Food miles. Foodsheds. Locavores. Drawing on these concepts, two experts explore the ins and outs of local food.
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VoicesVoices: New Terrain

Are we prepared to protect and manage Minnesota’s biodiversity in the face of a changing climate? Susan Galatowitsch responds.
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