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Aaron Hanson

As Program Specialist for Leadership and Education at the Institute on the Environment, Aaron splits his time between teaching, experiential education programming, and coordinating interdisciplinary research projects. Aaron has prior professional experience in construction, real estate, and building energy modeling. His undergraduate studies focused on the business of sustainability and the implications of energy efficiency on the clean energy transition. During graduate school he worked on policy analysis for Sustainable Healthy Cities which further developed his understanding of systems. Currently, Aaron manages IonE’s Ecolab Experiential Education Scholarship program, he teaches courses in Sustainable Housing, Systems Approach to Construction, and Regenerative Game Design, and he is leading a research effort to examine potential benefits of solar with strategic vegetative ground cover, such as pollinator friendly habitat, among other energy transition projects. He enjoys grappling with interconnected systems and working together to solve complex problems, as well as playing recreational sports and traversing Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area.