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Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project (TCHEP)

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The TCHEP research and results have been published in a number of different publications, articles and presentations. Additionally the work is included in University coursework, museum exhibits and short videos.

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Fissore et al. 2011 - Ecological Applications Article

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Our first paper, in Ecological Applications (Fissore et al. 2011), documents that for 360 households fluxes of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus are highly variable and often skewed among households, with a small proportion of households often contributing disproportionately to the total fluxes across all households.

We show that home energy use and vehicle transportation, and to a lesser extent air travel, contribute the most to carbon fluxes; human diet, lawn fertilizer, and transportation contribute most to nitrogen fluxes; and human diet, detergents, and pet food contribute most to phosphorus fluxes.

 

TCHEP Report to Watershed Districts and Watershed Management Organizations

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The goal of this report was to help area Watershed Districts and Watershed Management Organizations better understand the attitudes and behaviors of homeowners in their respective areas in order to more effectively target education and programming towards landscape management that may negatively affect water quality. See the report:

Wein, S.P., K.C. Nelson, L. Baker, S. Hobbie, J. King, J. McFadden, C. Fissore, I. Jakobsdottir, D. Nidzgorski, and D. Burk. 2010. Nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes in household landscapes: What behaviors affect these fluxes and what are a few underlying homeowner attitudes about these behaviors? Watershed District and Water Management Organization Report, Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota, 37 pgs. [pdf]

 

TCHEP Findings Brochure - Our Household Choices in Urban Living: Understanding nutrient cycling in Twin Cities Homes

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TCHEP Findings Brochure

All of the survey respondents were mailed a four-page outreach publication, presenting some of our results and giving people tools to track and change their own household fluxes.

Take a look at the brochure:

Nidzgorski, D.A., C. Lee, and K.C. Nelson. 2010. Our Household Choices in Urban Living: Understanding nutrient cycling in Twin Cities homes. Research summary for survey respondents, Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota, 4pgs