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A team of four graduate students from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs who completed a capstone project on Sustainable Development for UMore Park and the City of Rosemount were selected as the winner of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association "2012 Outstanding Student Project Award". The award recognizes superior work from students in planning programs in Minnesota.
The team developed a detailed guidance document based on the analyses of how local and national developments have either successfully implemented sustainable principles, or encountered obstacles that prevented the implementation of these principles. The analysis was organized around eight sustainability themes: Energy, water, resources, storm water management, solid waste management, eco-industrial and economic development, land use and the environment, community development, and financing. Team members Joan Bennett, Yonathan Guthmann, Thom Olson and Matt Wolff completed their Masters in Urban and Regional Planning through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in May 2012.
The project was judged based on originality, transferability from the academic setting to the planning profession, quality, use of collaboration and effectiveness. The award was presented to the students on September 26 during the American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter annual conference in Alexandria, MN.