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.
MnDRIVE Research Stories
We value long-lasting solutions that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Learn more about our impact and research success stories.
From brushing our teeth to putting our head on the pillow at night, plastics are part of everything we do. But they also have serious downsides and their durability means they pollute land, water, and—in minute quantities—even the insides of our bodies.
The Soudan Mine, not far from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, was once a rich source of iron. When it ceased operation in 1962, however, residue from toxic metals lingered in wastewater surrounding the mine. Left untreated, these toxins threatened the ecosystems and natural resources vital to the Northland economy, culture, and identity.