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Acara: The Sequel

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timthumb.php.jpgAfter a student takes a course from IonE's Acara program for budding social entrepreneurs, then what? Do the lessons learned get filed away with old exams and term papers - or do they take on a life of their own?

Of course, each student's story is different. But for many, Acara turns out to be a springboard to new ideas, opportunities and adventures. Below is a short, informal update on some of the teams and ventures that were part of the Acara program during 2012. Whatever the path, it's clear that their experience in the Acara program gives them a solid foundation for future endeavors.

Lights ... Camera ... Environment!


Last April, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts faculty member Charlotte Melin hosted an event called Language/Environment/Media, funded by an Institute on the Environment mini-grant. The event showcased a variety of student media projects related to sustainability. The amazing part is that the projects were done completely in a foreign language!  

Students from a wide variety of disciplines submitted projects to compete for prizes.
Two students, Sarah Johnson and Stephanie Koerner, submitted a video explaining erosion around the world: Bodenerosion und Klimawandel. Another submission was a French video called La Récréation Mondiale.

Need Crop Maps? See EarthStat

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earthstat_blog.pngBy Paul West

Ever wonder which crops are grown where? Looking for crop and pasture data to use in a research project? Need a map for your report or presentation? We've got you covered.

The Institute on the Environment's Global Landscapes Initiative and McGill University's Land Use and the Global Environment (LUGE) recently launched EarthStat, a website for viewing and downloading agriculture and land use data developed in collaboration between our institutions. These data have become the standard used by many institutions around the world, and we hope this new site will broaden their use and influence. The site serves data on current and historical cropland and pasture area, as well as more detailed yield and harvested area for 172 crops. Yield potential, yield gap and climate bins are available in NetCDF, Geotiff, ASCII, Google Earth(KMZ), and PNG formats.

We'll be updating the map viewer and download pages with additional data sets in the coming months. Please take a few minutes to check out the site, share it with your friends, and post comments below.

Special thanks to Peder Engstrom for creating the site!

Paul West is chief collaboration officer for the Institute on the Environment's Global Landscapes Initiative. Follow him on Twitter: @coolfireconserv Image courtesy of Peder Engstrom.

Putting the "U" in Community

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ARCH students at Minnehaha Creek.jpgWriting term papers, doing problem sets ... it's easy for college students to wonder whether what they do really matters. But members of 10 University of Minnesota classes last fall had no question at all about the relevance of their work. Inaugural participants in the University's new Resilient Communities Project, they spent their semester helping solve very real sustainability challenges for the city of Minnetonka.

  The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and not necessarily
  of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.


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