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2016: A year of globe-spanning partnerships at IonE

At IonE, we believe in partnerships. Groundbreaking research is only possible with the right tools, and we need policy-makers and private sector innovators to help activate those discoveries.

IonE’s NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, the Global Water Initiative and the Global Landscapes Initiative depend on cutting-edge data and analysis software from ESRI, Climate Earth and WaterGap, a water availability model developed at the University of Kassel, to build maps that help decision-makers target conservation and investment priorities, for example. Our Climate-Smart Municipalities project is connecting energy technicians and policy drivers in five German cities and five Minnesota cities to share ideas and innovations to push forward the clean energy transition.

You might say “collaboration” is our middle name. In 2016, IonE joined forces with dozens more movers and shakers to advance environmental initiatives worldwide. Here are the highlights: 

A report by IonE and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are growing and may be on track to surpass emissions from fossil fuel combustion. In addition to the FAO, collaborators on the report included the University of Aberdeen; the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security; the University of Vermont; the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization; and others.

IonE joined with more than 25 organizations to form the Sustainable Growth Coalition, which aims to uncover business growth opportunities, drive innovation and ensure healthy and sustainable communities. Private-sector partners include Ecolab, Fairview, Best Buy and Hormel.

IonE and The Nature Conservancy, already in partnership for more than 10 years, responded to the need to quickly put actionable, results-focused recommendations in front of policy-makers by convening what they call “Wicked Econ Fests.” The workshops connect experts in economics, finance, policy and conservation to solve some of Earth’s most intractable problems. The first report offered “five bold ways to revive the dead zone and rebuild soils.”

Next week we’ll share some innovative programs we launched in 2016 and give you a peek at what we’ll be working on in 2017.

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