Zero-Waste towards a Sustainable Community

The Zero-Waste towards a Sustainable Community project was created to help the community to establish waste management programme that best suit the community, trains the community on best practices of waste management toward zero waste, and increase community awareness on waste management. The Centre for Global Sustainability Studies (CGSS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has collaborated […]

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Sullivan County Economy Improvements with Tourism

Sullivan County and Sullivan, IN identified a need to increase tourism to the county and incorporated city limits. Seven students in ECON351 were tasked with performing SWOT analyses of Sullivan County’s tourism industry and providing recommendations to improve tourism. Three dimensions of tourism were analyzed: Eco-Tourism, Entertainment, and Historical/Heritage. Recommendations for improving tourism centered on […]

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Using Open Data to for Cross-City Comparisons on Key Metrics

Undergraduate economics students will use the City’s new open data portal to compare Chelsea with other cities in the state on various data points, including crime, housing, and opioid overdoses. This City of Chelsea will use this information to better understand how it’s performing in relation to peer cities on key indicators. Read the final […]

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Storm Water Project

Trash discarded on urban lands frequently makes its way into streams, creeks, rivers, and eventually the ocean, as rainstorms wash it into gutters and storm drains. This trash pollutes California waters and adversely affects beneficial uses that support aquatic life, wildlife, recreation, water supplies, and public health. In 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board […]

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Student Apartment Price Models for the Glenwood Riverfront Development

This study examines the rent prices of the student housing apartment market surrounding the University of Oregon. The first key component of this study includes a Hedonic price model that helps evaluate what apartment complex amenities and characteristics are most important and influential in determining rental rates in the local community. Secondly, using the information […]

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Making Connections: Reducing Food Waste While Improving Food Security

This project was completed as part of the 2018-2019 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with Ramsey County. In 2015, 12.7% of the population in Ramsey County did not have consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life, or had limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food. At the same time, food […]

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Evaluating the Impact of the Environmental Response Fund (ERF) in Ramsey County

This project was completed as part of the 2018-2019 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with Ramsey County. Ramsey County collects a small percentage of the mortgage registry and deed tax to help fund the clean-up of contaminated land. This Environmental Response Fund (ERF) is leveraged with private investment and other public funding for redevelopment projects […]

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Economic Impact Assessment for Linear Park at Fort Loudon Bridge

The Tennessee Valley Authority is building a new bridge from Blount County Loudon County and Lenoir City officials are working with the Committee of 100 to considering options for the existing bridge. Economics lecturer Ben Compton is evaluating costs and impacts of retaining the old bridge and revitalizing the adjacent park area. City officials hope […]

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Datacom 2018: Analyzing Metro Transit Data

The Department of Economics sponsors an annual data analysis competition (DataCom). The challenge to student researchers: Think you know data? Prove it. This year’s data are provided by Metro Transit, which operates the primary public transit system of bus and rail lines in the Twin Cities. Teams of economics students propose research questions, manage and […]

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Economic Analysis of the Value of Local Street Improvements in Springfield, Oregon

The City of Springfield faces deteriorating street conditions due to a steady decline in transportation funding. The City believes a possible solution to this problem is to improve its local streets with funding from residential property assessments. However, to encourage property owners to bear the costs of improving roads, the City would like to better […]

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