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Featured Collaborations

Transitway Impacts Research Program

The Transitway Impacts Research Program (TIRP) was launched in 2006 by the Hennepin–University Partnership. The program is designed to provide an objective analysis of data, public perceptions, and complex impacts resulting from investments in light-rail transit (LRT), commuter rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT). The research is unique in its breadth, scope, and ability to provide real-time analysis of the changes experienced when a region introduces high-quality transit service.

The research program has the following priorities:
• Economic and business impacts
• Housing market impacts
• Land-use impacts
• Land value impacts
• Neighborhood and social issues
• Traffic and parking impacts
• Environment and health issues

Find more information here.

Climate Change and Clean Energy Capstone

Hennepin County's Environmental Services Department worked with a class at the University's Law School on a capstone class titled "Climate Change and Clean Energy," supervised by Professor Hari Osofsky. The goal was to help the County explore options for expanding the distribution of the energy that is produced at its waste-to-energy facility, the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC). The HERC is located in downtown Minneapolis and burns 1,000 tons of garbage per day to generate energy. Students in this capstone gained practical experience on local efforts to foster climate change and clean energy while providing valuable information to the County on legal considerations associated with energy sales from the HERC facility.

Horticulture, Turft Grass Management and Pesticide Certification Training

Sentencing to Service

Sentencing to Service (STS) is a structured work program that provides a sentencing alternative for low-risk adult and juvenile offenders. Instead of serving time in jail or paying a fine, offenders can work, learn new skills, and gain self-confidence while completing community improvement and restoration projects. Learn more about STS in this short video.

The University of Minnesota's Extension School provides a training course for Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) Crew Leaders. The Extension course includes information about plant selection, landscape implementation and maintenance, turf grass science and management, and a pesticide certification preparation and exam. In 2014, Hennepin County sent approximately 20 STS Crew leaders to training, and plans to send between 10-15 staff members to horticulture training this year. This collaboration provides technical training and certification to STS Crew Leaders while allowing the University to educate citizens on science and researched-based best practices relevant to their jobs.

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