Initiatives

Shed has two primary initiatives, Influencing Paradigms and Spatial Interventions, which focus on our storytelling, research, and design efforts across scales.

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Influencing Paradigms

Curriculum Development

We are currently working with schools in Minnesota to develop unique, curated curriculum that focuses on the influence of the built environment on our regional ecosystems. Tackling climate change, water quality and cycles, and the role of the everyday home and neighborhood, we use storytelling and unique graphics to engage students and help them understand how interconnected the world is and how our decisions impact the world.

 

Spatial Interventions

Rural Ecology and Economy Program

Food production is one of the largest contributors to global carbon emissions and most food consumed in the United States is produced outside of cities. The Rural Ecology and Economy Program (REEP) seeks to collaborate and partner with rural landowners and land managers, existing organizations, and local governments to develop and implement watershed-scale initiatives focused long-term management solutions that lead to productive fields, lower groundwater contamination and surface water runoff, and higher carbon and soil retention.

Our approach to the REEP is data-driven; we combine multi-layer geospatial analyses of landscapes with field narratives of land users to reflect the complexities of human decision-making with respect to land management. By integrating the biophysical realities of an ecosystem with an understanding of human decision-making, we develop solutions that are unique and tailored to the particular context.

We work with partnering organizations and landowners to: identify grant funding (if necessary) and best management practices of interest; design the space and provide visualizations of land with BMPs installed; facilitate the installation of BMPs; and provide resources for continual and long-term management.