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.
Explore our funding priorities, past projects and the 2023 MnDRIVE Environment Seed Grant Program.
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
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.
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.
Forever Chemicals, Hemp, and Nanotech: An Unconventional Approach to PFAS Remediation
With seed funding from the MnDRIVE Environment Program, UMN researcher Christy Haynes seeks to address forever chemicals using an unconventional duo: industrial hemp and nanotechnology.
Notes from the Field: A Student Perspective on Science Communication as Climate Action
In 2022, I had the opportunity to spend the summer traveling in Morocco as part of the Undergraduate Research Study Abroad program through the University of Minnesota Duluth, where my research focused on attitudes toward climate change and the role of science communication in mobilizing public support for climate policy.