Spring 2013 Mini Grants

Mixing music and visual arts at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, assessing impacts of frac sand mining and providing bicycle repair stations for student commuters are among the 12 interdisciplinary initiatives the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment has selected for funding in the latest round of awards for its Mini Grant program.

Mini Grants are designed to encourage collaboration among faculty, staff and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units and campuses on environmental themes. Along with up to $3,000 in funding, each recipient is provided space for meetings, workshops and conferences and some administrative support for a year.

Following are brief descriptions of the projects. For more information, email ione@umn.edu

VAN CLEEVE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Stan Hokanson, Horticulture (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
The University of Minnesota Horticulture Club will revive and improve an existing inactive community garden along the east side of Van Cleeve Park in Minneapolis.

BASIC ECOLOGY COURSE AT CEDAR CREEK ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE RESERVE

Ken Gilbertson, Health, Physical Education and Recreation (University of Minnesota Duluth)
Gilbertson and colleagues will develop a two-week basic ecology course for UMD environmental and outdoor education undergraduates and other students throughout the University system to be held at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

BICYCLE REPAIR STATIONS

Paula Pentel, Urban Studies (College of Liberal Arts)
The Southeast Como Improvement Association (SECIA) Student Group will establish a bicycle repair station and create two bicycle repair kits for use in the Como Neighborhood.

IMPROVISING ECOSYSTEMS: SOUNDS AND VISIONS OF CEDAR CREEK

Maja Radovanlija, School of Music
Faculty, staff and students from Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve and the University’s School of Music and Department of Art, Photography, Experimental and Media Arts will create a music and visual arts performance and installation evoking the sights and sounds of the Cedar Creek reserve.

INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION OF MINNESOTA FRAC SAND MINING

Neil Wilmot, Economics (Labovitz School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota Duluth)
Wilmot will bring together professionals across disciplines to begin a comprehensive study of the ecological, socioeconomic and demand aspects of frac sand mining in Minnesota.

GLENSHEEN GREENHOUSES

William Payne, School of Fine Arts (University of Minnesota Duluth)
Payne will organize a planning session to explore options for bringing together arts, humanities, museum science, agriculture, horticulture and the social sciences to install sustainable agriculture classroom space and a teahouse at Glensheen Mansion.

ACTIVE TRANSPORT: CONSTRUCTION AN ECOLOGY OF ACADEMIC, PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Dan Glisczinski , Education (University of Minnesota Duluth)
An interdisciplinary team of professionals from UMD, area high schools and a health system will improve student health and the environment through a pilot project promoting human-powered transportation among high school students.

PANAMA

Katey Pelican, Veterinary Population Medicine (College of Veterinary Medicine)
This project will establish a collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to begin to explore how landscape change alters disease dynamics at the intersection of wildlife and human populations.

URBAN HEAT ISLAND NETWORK

Peter Snyder, Soil, Water and Climate and Forest Resources (College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences)
This project will help provide support for local attendees at an international workshop on urban heat islands to be held in the Twin Cities.

UMD DORM FAUCET REPLACEMENT

Sam Knuth, Net Impact (University of Minnesota Duluth)
University of Minnesota Duluth student groups will coordinate installation of gooseneck faucets in dorm bathrooms and promote use of refillable water bottles.

THE HYDROPONIC CURTAIN

Diane Willow, Art (College of Liberal Arts)
An interdisciplinary team will design, build and deploy a prototype vertical hydroponic garden that can function as a working model for demonstrating innovative approaches to food production.

INTERSTATE SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

Kate Knuth, Boreas Leadership Program (Institute on the Environment)
Knuth and colleagues will convene a three-day interstate conference at Northwestern University to provide undergraduate environmental leaders across the Midwest an opportunity to advance their leadership skills.

HOW PEOPLE FEED EACH OTHER: BRIDGING SUPPERS ACROSS THE FOOD SYSTEM

Valentine Cadieux, Sociology and Geography, Society and Environment (College of Liberal Arts)
Cadieux will facilitate four interactive suppers around the Twin Cities, open to the public, to create conversations about food system problems and solutions.

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