Sarah Hobbie and Larry Wackett are lead researchers of two of four groups to receive Institute on the Environment Project Grants (formerly known as Discovery Grants). The grants support highly innovative, world-class research activities with a one-time investment of venture capital.
Wackett (BMBB/BTI) and Alptekin Aksan (CSE) received funding for their project Releasing the Power of Nature for Cleaning Pollutants in Drinking Water, a collaboration between industry, academia and regulating federal, state and multinational agencies to develop a low-cost, low-energy-demand self-sustained bioremediation system that can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world.
Hobbie (EEB), along with Bonnie Keeler (Institute on the Environment) and Stephen Polasky (CFANS), received funding for Sustainable Cities: Building an Integrative Research Network to Incorporate Natural Capital Into Design of Urban Systems. Their project is designed to advance understanding of the role of green infrastructure in sustainable cities and position the University of Minnesota as a leader in the field of urban sustainability and environmental science.