Tuesday, July 19, 2016



Please join us in welcoming Gabriel Chan and Cali Curley to the Network’s team of faculty!
  • Gabriel Chan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He will investigate the design and performance of community-scale solar energy initiatives, using Minnesota’s community solar garden program as a test case.  Learn more about Gabe.  
  • Cali Curley is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Courtesy Professor at Florida State University. She will be coordinating the Tallahassee utilities relationship and managing the utility level data.  Learn more about Cali. 
See a complete list of faculty collaborating on our Network.


On July 8th, we said farewell to our Managing Director, Luke Hollenkamp.  Luke accepted a new position with the City of Minneapolis’ Sustainability Office.  We wish him the very best in his new role!
Joining Tracy Fallon, our Operations Manager, are three additional team members.  Please welcome Robert Johns, Katja Kruit, and Frank Douma to the Network!

Robert (Bob) Johns will be our Senior Strategy Advisor.  Bob returned to the University of Minnesota as a Senior Fellow this January after serving as Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.  His experience and expertise will guide the internal management of the Network and will advise on strategic connections with external partners.  Learn more about Bob.  

Katja Kruit will be our Research Manager.  Katja brings experience in managing other NSF research grants at the University of Minnesota and an expertise in sustainability science and renewable energy.  She will coordinate research in Theme 1, the Energy/Water Testbed, and the Green Infrastructure/Urban Farming Testbed, as well as manage the budget and contractual agreements.

Frank Douma is building on his responsibilities at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs by joining us as a Senior Fellow.  Frank will be coordinating research within the Transportation testbed, Theme 2’s social actors study, and Theme 3.  Learn more about Frank.

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SRN Researchers Present at Gordon Research Conference

SRN faculty, students, and post-docs participated in the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference from Jun 18-24, 2016 in Stowe, VT. 

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From Sustainable Healthy Cities: Director Ramaswami to Chair GRC

Anu Ramaswami, Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair Professor of Science Technology and Environmental Policy and the Director of the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network, was recently elected Vice Chair of the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference (GRC). She was elected by conference attendees at the recent Industrial Ecology GRC held June 19-24 in Stowe, Vermont.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

System-like thinking for cities by Anu Ramaswami

Besides advances in technology and big data, a higher order systems-level thinking is necessary to enable infrastructure transition in Indian cities.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Discover: Science + Technology: Model for addressing climate change Link at:

STEP-FAR Seminar 

Join us for an afternoon seminar with Marta Monti, lead research associate on the Humphrey School report, "Transmission Planning and CapX2020: Building trust to build regional transmission systems."

The report is the product of research led by STEP Professor and Institute on the Environment Fellow, Elizabeth Wilson, and tells the story of CapX2020, a coalition of eleven utilities from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest that worked together to plan, develop and build the region’s first major energy line expansion in 40 years.

Monti is a third-year MPP-STEP (Masters of Public Policy and Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Concentrator) and CIL (Center for Integrative Leadership) student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She will discuss the team's research and offer her reflections on the project.

To read more about the report, go to this article on the UMN Discover site, or to view the full report, visit the STEP Center site.

Date: 5/11/2016
Time: 4:00PM
Location: HHH RM 215
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