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Ulrike Passe

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A new $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help an interdisciplinary team of Iowa State University researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. The Sustainable Cities Research Team will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts. The project will take a “holistic” approach to urban sustainability that will “account for a range of systems and how they interact with one another,” says Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture and project coordinator for the research team.