Lakeshore Weekly News: City Partners with U for Sustainability Projects

Students on a site visit to Minnetonka as part of their work with the Resilient Communities Project

by Barbara Campion, Lakeshore Weekly News, September 24, 2012

The city of Minnetonka and the University of Minnesota launched a year-long partnership that will apply the expertise of university faculty and graduate students to several sustainability-related city projects. U of M staff and students, as well of city staff and elected officials were on hand for the official kick-off of the Resilient Communities Project on Sept. 14 at the Minnetonka Community Center. Approximately 150 students from 11 university graduate courses will work with Minnetonka staff to tackle projects identified by the city as important for the health of the community.

The areas they will be working in include architecture, law, urban planning, public policy, natural resources science and management, and bioproducts and biosystems engineering. The project will provide students with the opportunity to apply their training to relevant real-world issues, while providing Minnetonka with research during an economically-difficult time.

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