Life on Land

UMN offers first-of-its-kind, graduate-level certificate in sustainability leadership

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An innovative certificate in Sustainable Environmental, Social and Governance (SESG) Leadership — the University of Minnesota’s first graduate-level program in this specialty — will address a growing need for professionals with the skills to navigate today’s climate, environmental and social justice challenges.

Esri: University of Minnesota Proves Sustainable Development Goals Are Local

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Esri spotlights the University of Minnesota's partnership with the SDG Data Alliance and development of the SDGs in Minnesota Hub site. 

Study reveals new information about wildfire impact to lakes

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NRRI researchers find that size of fire matters less than intensity of the blaze. Wildfires in northern Minnesota are increasing – the number, the size and the intensity. Within most folks' memories are the Ham Lake Fire (2007), Pagami Creek Fire (2012) and most recently, the Greenwood Fire (2021). Each scorched large swaths of the state’s prized wilderness areas and challenged humans who were too close.

Birds, bugs and climate change

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Early on a cool, smoky June morning researchers Alexis Grinde and Annie Bracey load up with gear and strike out across a grassland south of Moorhead, Minn.

MPR News: A new fast-growing tree species out of Minnesota may be part of a climate change solution

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Duluth recently unveiled a new kind of tree after 20 years of research. 

Scientists document over 500 bee species in Minnesota

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Minnesota is home to a great variety of biodiversity due to its position at a confluence of four of the planet’s major biomes — aspen parklands, prairie grasslands, deciduous forest and coniferous forest. Now, University of Minnesota researchers have confirmed the state is also home to 508 bee species, including numerous rare and specialist species that were recorded in the state for the first time. 

CBS News: All Minnesota worms are invasive, but which ones do you need to worry about? An expert weighs in

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WCCO interview with Ryan Hueffmeier at the University of Minnesota's Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center. Who has been studying worms for almost two decades with the Great Lakes Worm Watch program.

Talking pollinator gardens with U of M

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Minnesotans are eager to get back to their gardens and are busy picking out this year’s plants and seeds. Dan Shaw, an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Design, answers questions about how you can create your own residential pollinator garden.

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Scenarios for Global Learning

Online, instructor led

This 30-minute webinar is designed to help you integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into your courses. Integrating the goals can help your students build awareness of global issues and learn about concrete steps they could take to address them on both global and local levels.



U of M to lead new AI Institute focusing on climate-smart agriculture and forestry

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The University of Minnesota  has received a $20 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation  and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute.