Tag Archives: Saint Paul

Building Wealth in Communities of Color: Deborah Mitchell (Housing Studies) Begins Internship at HOMECo

PhD candidate Deborah Mitchell (Housing Studies) received a 2015 Internship Award from the University of Minnesota Graduate School to intern this summer at Housing Opportunities Made Equitable Collaborative (HOMECo). Mitchell has lived in St. Paul since 1993, and has always had a passion for community engagement. She began to think critically about racial disparities and services available to families in […]

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Justin Bieganek Helps the City of St. Paul Reduce Waste

Justin Bieganek's (B.S. Design Communications '97) firm took the city of St.Paul's new "All In" waste reduction program to the next level. A new video by Beganik Strategy + Design uses characters speaking in five different languages to be inclusive of the broadly diverse city and grow awareness of the recycling program; the key to a huge impact from the city's new approach."We listened and provided the City of Saint Paul with a new branding campaign that has the tools necessary to engage Saint Paul residents in an innovative recycling program," said Bieganek. Click below to watch the video for a sense of the unique clarity Bieganek's firm brought to the "All In" program.Bieganek, who started his firm in 1998,…

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Don Ganje (BLA '73) Granted Fellow Status by ASLA

Don Ganje (BLA '73) was elevated to the status of Fellow by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) during their 2012 Annual Meeting and Expo. His 38-year career with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation includes work on Como and Mears Parks, Raspberry Island and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Most recently he worked on the Great River Passage, an extensive master plan for unifying St. Paul's riverfront. A statement from ASLA describes Ganje as someone with an eye, "for the smallest site detail and mastery of vast public open spaces, he has the ability to make places where people feel welcome and that comfort, excite, and encourage them to interact. He further infuses his colleagues with a passion for…

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Christopher Ochs (MLA and MURP '06) Appointed to Serve on the Transportation Committee of Saint Paul's City Planning Commission

Christopher Ochs, ASLA, APA (MLA and MURP '06) has been appointed to serve on the Transportation Committee of Saint Paul's City Planning Commission. Ochs is a landscape designer and project manager for a local landscape design-build company. He has been recognized with multiple residential design awards by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and was awarded the HWS Cleveland Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects-MN chapter for demonstrating the potential to be a leader in the profession. Ochs chose a career in landscape architecture following a ten year career in freight transportation. His broad knowledge of the ecological, urban, and rural landscapes is based on his experience in the built environment and numerous travels in the U.S….

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Ochs appointed to Saint Paul Planning Commission

Christopher Ochs (BED ’03, MLA ’06), ASLA, designer and project manager for Windsor Companies has been appointed to the City of Saint Paul’s Planning Commission.

The Saint Paul Planning Commission is a twenty-one member advisory body appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Ochs was sworn in on January 21, 2011 and will serve on the Neighborhood Planning subcommittee.

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Lenz has one-year appointment as Saint Paul Community Coordinator

In March 2010, Stephanie Lenz (BS Housing Studies, 2009) started a one-year appointment as Community Coordinator for the District 6 Planning Council in Saint Paul. She is working with crime prevention, neighborhood block clubs, vacant housing, and working with the community to identify and advocate for houses to be removed or rehabbed. “I cannot believe how much experience I have gained in this little time, and in so many different areas,” said Lenz to college’s Housing Studies program. “I feel this is the perfect first ‘real’ job for me, and feel that all the classes in the Housing Studies degree helped lead me here.”

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CSBR partners with City of Saint Paul on MSESP green grant

The college’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) in partnership with the City of Saint Paul has received a $50,000 Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) green grant. The 14 MSESP green grants total more than $1.1 million and are used to train Minnesotans for jobs in energy efficiency and the renewable energy industry. The CSBR-Saint Paul grant will be used for training on sustainable building codes.

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