Maureen Hoffman was a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She graduated with her B.S. in environmental studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. After graduation, she worked for several years at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, helping the new non-profit to develop into a garden open to the public. Her focus in the MURP program is on environmental planning and how it intersects with policy and design to create resilient and sustainable communities. Her research focuses on community solar gardens, specifically leading efforts in community engagement in Minnesota and other states to develop a strategy to identify and collaborate with communities, utilities, and developers for information dissemination and engagement. In her free time, she loves hiking, and hopes to visit every U.S. national park. So far, she’s made it to 22!