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Kate Brauman
Lead Scientist
Global Water Initiative/IonE
Institute on the Environment
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecohydrology
  • Land-water relationships
  • Water scarcity
  • Agricultural water use
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Beth Mercer-Taylor
Sustainability Studies Minor / IonE
Institute on the Environment
  • Sustainability Education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability education
  • Engaging students in sustainability efforts
  • K-12 sustainability education (e.g. Green Ribbon Schools, environmental education)
  • Sustainability in cities in Minnesota (e.g. GreenStep Cities, best practices for small cities)
  • Campus-based sustainability (in energy, food systems, water, etc.)
  • Community-based sustainability projects on campus and in Minnesota
  • The energy transition in Minnesota (e.g. new projects, law and policies on energy)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFFC) Conference of the Parties (e.g. "the climate talks")
  • Human rights and sustainability
  • Sustainability expressed through arts and humanities
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Jessica Hellmann
Professor in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
College of Biological Sciences
(612) 625-3951
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Biogeography
  • Natural resource management
  • Conservation biology
  • Population genetics
Photo of Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment Timothy Smith
Timothy Smith
Director, NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise, Institute on the Environment
Professor, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Environmental Accounting/Footprinting
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Supply Chains
  • Electricity Markets & Pricing
  • Bioenergy
Bonnie Keeler
Bonnie Keeler
Assistant Professor
Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • The economic value of clean water
  • Water resources in Minnesota
  • Water and equity
  • Natural capital and the value of ecosystems
  • Nitrogen pollution
  • The value of nature in urban areas
  • Green infrastructure and sustainable cities
Water bottles

Not all bioplastics are created equal

U of M research suggests forest residuals provide cleaner feedstock for bio-based plastic than fossil fuels or row crops
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A man and child peer off of a dock and into a body of water.

Widening the focus on water

U of M Extension provides research and education on managing Minnesota’s water resources to partners across the state.  
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Helicopter and structures

Model for addressing climate change

Humphrey School analysis calls $2.1 billion dollar CapX2020 energy line expansion project a “win-win”
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities