Janne approaches the world – and her work – with a broad, open-minded curiosity about people, how they interact with places, and how they respond to their context. She sees the implications of ideas, connections between abstractions and specifics, and applies concepts to real problems.
When people want to work together and collaborate, but aren’t sure how to best use everyone’s interests and abilities, she can help. At the end of any project, you will have practical tools to get your work done and more people committed to accomplishing the same goals.
She has a special passion for the city of Minneapolis and how the way we build cities shapes people’s lives and daily choices. Over the last fifteen years, she has facilitated collaborations, completed best practice research, and presented on sustainability and energy efficiency at conferences and to organizations and consumers.
Her publications include a checklist for “Choosing a Healthy Home,” studies of implementing green maintenance and operations in affordable housing and of retrofit financing for multifamily properties, and a Development Handbook for Neighborhoods. Janne began blogging in 2007 as part of Marketplace’s hand-picked environmental professionals writing for The Greenwash Brigade, for the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition as one of its founders, and continues to blog for streets.mn.
She supported the Energy Efficiency for All team in 2013-2016 as a contract network weaver. The initiative is working to scale energy retrofits in existing multifamily buildings.
She’s often asked to speak in venues as varied as conferences, as a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange,” presenting on behalf of a Citizens League Water Policy Study Committee and for a one-week residency at Luther College with the Center for Ethics and Public Life.
Janne earned her MA in urban anthropology from the University of Memphis after teaching in Zaire (now DRCongo) for 18 months and leading an after-school drop in youth program staffed by AmeriCorps volunteers in Saint Paul. She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and Scandinavian studies, which she put to use as a language camp director for 15 years.
She has lived in Minneapolis since 1996, owning and living in a green four-unit apartment building. Her property reduced total energy consumption 35 and total utility costs 42 percent between 2007 and 2014. She enjoys maintaining an organic urban orchard, as well as bicycling and riding the bus as ways to expand her understanding of cities and the people who live in them.