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Frontiers this week: "The Role of Urban Households on Pollution"

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpgApril 14 at noon
IonE Seminar Room
Frontiers in the Environment
"The Role of Urban Households in Pollution"
Sarah Hobbie, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Kristen Nelson, Associate Professor, Forest Resources

Individual households vary in how much carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus they add to American cities. U of M researchers are studying Twin Cities households to find out how to reduce the pollution.

The flow of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus through urban households contributes significantly to the overall biogeochemical cycles of American cities. However, little is known about how cycles that contribute to environmental pollution vary among households, or how socioeconomic factors contribute to that variation. In the Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota researchers are quantifying these cycles in households along an urban to exurban gradient in the Saint Paul-Minneapolis metro area. The goal is to determine how demographic and behavioral control factors contribute to household-to-household variation in biogeochemical fluxes. Ultimately, this project will inform policies intended to mitigate local and global pollution arising from human activities in cities.

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Other upcoming events:

Thursday, April 15
Governing Nanobiotechnology: Reinventing Oversight in the 21st Century
Hubert H. Humphrey Center, 8:30am

Wednesday, April 21
Massoud Amin "Greener, Resilient, Secure and Smart Power Grid and Energy Infrastructure"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm


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Tuesday, April 27
Water for Mulobere film premiere
Coffman Memorial Theater, 7pm

View the trailer here


Wednesday, April 28
Steve Kelley "Designing Minnesota's Energy Future"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

April 29 & 30
Cross-Sector Leadership for the Green Economy
Radisson University Hotel

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