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RCP Minnetonka Green Roofs Report.

Swanson, Chris (editor); with Patrick Ewing, Nadine Habeel, Chris Swanson, Babina Tuladhar, Elizabeth Appleby, and Kadence Hampton (contributors).

Produced by students in AGRO 5321: Ecology of Agricultural Systems (Instructor Nick Jordan, Agroecology, Agronomy, & Plant Genetics) and PA 5242: Environmental Planning, Policy, and Decision Making (Instructor Carissa Schively Slotterback, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)  as part of the 2012-2013 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of Minnetonka. 

Minnetonka is interested in promoting green roof or rooftop garden projects, but staff wanted to understand perceptions and attitudes among Minnetonka residents, developers, and community leaders that might facilitate or hinder such efforts. This project evaluated options for encouraging rooftop gardens and green roofs in residential and commercial developments. Students in one course identified innovative best practices for implementing green roofs in the context of a suburban community located in a northern climate through both policy changes and city or private initiatives. Students in another course examined the biophysical aspects of implementing green roofs in Minnetonka, and undertook an ethnographic analysis to understand the social context around green roofs in the community.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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