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Mario Longoni

Urban Anthropology Manager

Keller Science Action Center

Mario Longoni is an urban anthropologist with the Chicago team of the Keller Science Action Center. He has conducted research across the region into topics ranging from housing access, to fish consumption, and urban resilience in the face of climate change. Programs he has helped shape and conduct inlcude Cultural Connections, with a focus on positive cross-cultural comparisons, and Green Ambassadors that brings teens into Chicago's near south green spaces to develop their leadership and place making skills. Much of his current efforts focus on research to support the creation of a Calumet National Heritage Area that would increase the visibility and local pride in one of the nations premier industrial and natural landscapes. Whether research or programs, Mario's work is animated by the Action Center approach of helping communities draw on their cultural and ecological assets to improve their quality of life and enhance local ecosystems.

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