Noteworthy: What's Up at IonE


Jolly Good Fellows

Nanotechnology, tree rings, sustainable arts and energy justice are among the topics being explored by IonE’s newest resident fellows. The 14 U of M faculty, announced in September, hail from 13 departments in eight colleges. Each will receive funding for three years to pursue cross-disciplinary projects. Read the press release. [Photo by Patrick O'Leary]

Momentum Takes the Stage

Spring is just around the corner, and with it, Momentum 2012 will bring today’s leading environmental visionaries to the Twin Cities for three evenings of engaging ideas and entertainment. IonE’s second annual event series will feature Arctic photographer Paul Nicklen, Nature Conservancy chief scientist M. Sanjayan, and environmental theologian Martin Palmer. [Photo by Josh Kohanek]

Five-Point Plan

The November 2011 issue of Scientific American includes a feature by IonE director Jon Foley that asks, “Can We Feed the World and Sustain the Planet?” The article presents a five-point plan Foley and colleagues published in the Oct. 20 issue of Nature to double global food production while reducing the adverse environmental impacts of agriculture.

Mapping Terra Populus

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a five-year, $8 million grant to the IonE-sponsored project Terra Populus, or TerraPop for short. The project will combine historic census information with global environmental data including land cover, land use and climate records and then disseminate this information to researchers around the world.

Rain Gardens

“A Neighborhood of Raingardens,” a 60-minute documentary by IonE resident fellow Mark Pedelty (CLA), depicts the transformation of a Minneapolis neighborhood through an award-winning community rain garden project. Watch the video.

E3 2011 Recap

More than 300 experts and enthusiasts shared renewable energy success stories and were inspired by a keynote speech by Alexis Madrigal at IonE’s E3 2011 conference in November. Read the recap.

Big Question

Plastics are everywhere and in nearly everything from shoes, planes and trains to phones, clothes and cars. Most come from nonrenewable fossil fuels like oil and natural gas. This begs the Big Ques­tion: Can we make plas­tics sustainable? Watch for a three-minute answer coming soon.

Going for Gold

At the 15th annual Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association Excellence Awards, Momentum magazine received honors in 10 categories. Momentum was judged as part of the “Special Interest, Under 60,000 Circulation” category, competing against a number of prominent regional magazines. Learn more.

Fall Mini Grants Awarded

Thirteen IonE Mini Grants of up to $3,000 each are spurring new collaborations among interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University system. Learn more.

TedX Truth

Is climate change the biggest environmental threat we face? Maybe not. Watch IonE director Jon Foley’s TEDx talk on “The Other Inconvenient Truth: How Agriculture Is Changing the Face of Our Planet.”

Power Rangers

Two IREE-supported energy research projects at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute bring hope for new economic activity to Minnesota’s Iron Range while advancing our ability to tap renewable energy. Learn more at [Photo by Josh Kohanek]


COLLEGE KEY: CLA, College of Liberal Arts; IREE, Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment; UMD, University of Minnesota Duluth; U of M, University of Minnesota.