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Climate Change - Challenges and Opportunities for the Built Environment

A Climate Connections continental breakfast discussion

Thursday April 19, 8:30 - 10:00 am
McKnight Foundation Board Room
710 S 2nd St. #400
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Buildings can contribute substantially to climate change through energy usage and CO2 emissions. The commercial and residential building sector in the U.S. accounts for 39% of national CO2 emissions per year -- more than any other single sector.  Please join us at the April Climate Connections seminar as we hear from local leaders and discuss opportunities and challenges for the built environment related to climate change, including building design innovations and the expansion of policy strategies such as energy benchmarking and code updating.


 Ben Rabe, Senior Policy Associate at Fresh Energy.  

 Leah Hiniker, Energy Manager, Hennepin County

 Patrick Smith, Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota. 

Continental breakfast will be provided during the discussion. RSVP to the event by clicking here!

On the Boards at the Center

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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