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Climate + The Mississippi in St. Paul

Climate Connections
The Mississippi in St. Paul: climate change impacts on planning, visioning, and community engagement

Sept 20, 8:30 - 10:00 am
R-350, Commons Meeting Room
UMN Learning and Environmental Sciences building
1954 Buford Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108

The UMN Center for Changing Landscapes and Institute on the Environment invite you to attend the Fall 2018 Climate Connections gathering to hear from key leaders and discuss the implications of climate change for the present and future Mississippi River in St. Paul.  Specifically, our panel of speakers will address how current visioning, planning, development, and economic activities in the St. Paul stretch of the river may be impacted by climate change, and invite discussion on the broader challenge of planning and protecting urban water resources and adjacent landscapes in a climate-altered future.  

Speakers include:

Patrick Hamilton – Director, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota.
Mary deLaittre – Manager of the Great River Passage Initiative. 
Kate Brauman –  Lead scientist for Global Water Initiative at IonE.

Continental breakfast will be provided!

Please RSVP at this link 

This event is jointly hosted by The UMN Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL) and the Institute on the Environment (IonE). CCL offers social science research, conservation program evaluation, community assessment training, and other services to natural resource agencies, nonprofit organizations, and communities throughout Minnesota and beyond.  IonE's mission is to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. 

On the Boards at the Center

June 26, 2018

Congratulations to Center for Changing Landscapes researcher, Amit Pradhananga, for the recent publication in Open Rivers journal, in which he was a contributing author! Read the article here to learn about the work being done by the University of Minnesota, with the help of the farming community, to improve agricultural practices and water quality simultaneously.

May 21, 2018

What makes water conservation efforts successful? Director of the Center for Changing Landscapes, Mae Davenport, points out in a recent Star Tribune article that it "is not to tell the landowner what to do...It’s building capacity and building community around conservation.” While some are finding water quality improvements hard to see, Scott county has experienced success in their water conservation strategy that was built on years of landowner surveys and social science research by Dr. Davenport. To learn more about the history and challenges of Minnesota's water conservation efforts and where we are heading, you can access the article here!

September 9, 2017

Mae Davenport, Director of the Center for Changing Landscapes, interviewed with MN North Shore's WTIP to discuss her integrative research project assessing the affects of climate change to nature-based tourism on the North Shore. Listen to the interview by clicking here!

September 5, 2017

Karen Lutsky, Assistant Professor of landscape architecture and member of the Great Lakes Design Lab, recently published an article in Places journal titled, "Curious Methods: On the mud flat of the Great Salt Lake, in search of a landscape practice that 'probes' but does not 'prove.'" To access the full article, click here and enjoy!

May 25, 2017

An interview with the Director of the Center for Changing Landscapes, Mae Davenport, was featured in the North Dakota Soybean Grower magazine. The article highlights one of Dr. Davenport's projects located in the Red River Basin and discusses what drives and constrains landowners and farmers when making conservation decisions.

To learn more about landowners' and farmers' values, beliefs, norms and behaviors regarding water and conservation decisions in the Red River Basin, click here to access the full article and scroll to pages 30-32. 

March 7, 2017

The Center for Changing Landscapes is excited to announce Director, Mae Davenport's, new e-book titled, Inspiring Actiorn for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: A Manual for Water Resource Protection

Inspiring Action lays out a new approach for water resource protection, informed by systems thinking and a model of community capacity.  The manual draws upon decades of engagement in conservation management and years of applied research on conservation behavior. The guiding principles presented in Inspiring Action are backed by the latest social science and have been field-tested in Minnesota. Inside, you will find statistics, stories, and strategies that are useful in project design and evaluation, as well as leveraging support for conservation programming. 

To gain access to this innovative resource, click here for a free download! 

December 14, 2016:

Center for Changing Landscapes project "Building Climate Readiness on Minnesota's North Shore" was featured in Wilderness News' 2016 Fall issue. The project aims to understand climate readiness within North Shore communities, and to assess and build the capcity of these communities and resource management agencies to adapt to climate change.

June, 2015:

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Changing Landscapes will conduct a survey using funding from a state proposal  passed earlier this month. Researchers hope to use the survey’s findings to create recommendations that will boost park attendance and make park amenities more consistent across the state.... “The foundation of the project is an interest in connecting people and the outdoors,” Center director and the project’s lead Mae Davenport said. The University has been working on the questionnaire for the last two years, Davenport said. The same survey will be used in the entire state.
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