MnDRIVE Environment

The MnDRIVE Environment Program supports research and partnerships that develop sustainable solutions to environmental grand challenges, thereby enhancing quality of life and economic vitality in Minnesota and beyond.

2023 Seed Grant Awards Announced: We are pleased to support nine new projects aligned with three funding priorities 1) reduce climate change and its impacts by increasing carbon sequestration, 2) enhance nature’s benefits to people by conserving or restoring biodiversity, and 3) clean the air, soil, and/or water by preventing or reducing environmental contaminants.

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Research Priorities

Explore our funding priorities, past projects and the 2023 MnDRIVE Environment Seed Grant Program.

Science Communication

With funding from MnDRIVE Environment, students in the Science Communication Lab explore the science and policy issues surrounding power generation from food and agricultural waste in an interactive story map. Learn more

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Speaking Science

MnDRIVE Environment is proud to sponsor Speaking Science, an annual symposium for researchers at all career stages looking to improve their communication and engagement skills. Learn more

MnDRIVE Research Stories

We value long-lasting solutions that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Learn more about our impact and research success stories.

Beyond Scrubbing: Reducing Sulfate Stress from Wastewater at Minnesota Power’s Last Coal-burning Power Plant

Beyond Scrubbing: Reducing Sulfate Stress from Wastewater at Minnesota Power’s Last Coal-burning Power Plant

When Minnesota Power ceases coal operations at its last coal-fired power plant, the company must also manage the sulfate-laden wastewater in its retention pond. However, current sulfate-treatment technologies are expensive and energy-intensive. With help from a MnDRIVE Environment Demonstration Grant, University of Minnesota researchers have partnered with Minnesota Power to develop an integrated biological treatment system that can contribute to life-cycle management options of wastewater.

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Hog Manure Revisited

Hog Manure Revisited

With funding from a MnDRIVE Environment Demonstration Grant, UMN researcher Roger Ruan makes the most of manure.

Where others see waste, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering professor Roger Ruan sees opportunity—in this case, repurposing wastewater from livestock operations to extract economic value and address a potential environmental threat from one of Minnesota’s largest industries: hog farming.

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