Turning Vacant Urban Land into Productive Green Spaces
Our new feature profile highlights the work of SNRE Assistant Professor Josh Newell. Much of Newell’s urban sustainability research focuses on developing new models for coupling multiple ecosystem services within a single redeveloped urban space.
“More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and in the U.S. that number is closer to 80 percent,” Newell says. “Therefore, the urban sustainability decisions we make in our cities — including the type of houses we build, the way we move, how we use our land and the kind of goods we buy and consume — have ripple effects on natural, social and economic ecosystems around the planet.”
His recent work in nearby Detroit focuses on repurposing underutilized spaces to improve mobility, storm water management and air quality. Read the full profile
We challenged students to create short public service announcements that would inspire positive action on climate change. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. We are pleased to announce the 2013 winners. Read more
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Join Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske, Brian Ellis and Knute Nadelhoffer for an engaging discussion about public policy, public concerns, potential hazards and risks for Michigan.
We challenged U-M students to create a public service announcement that would inspire positive action on climate change. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. Now is your chance to weigh in on the best video! Read more and vote here
Emily’s team proposal, Enabling Energy Efficiency in Rental Properties focuses on finance energy efficiency projects for rental properties. Jenny’s team proposal, Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City of Detroit: Institutionalization and Spatial Analysis focuses on inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Detroit.
Congratulations to all of the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability! U-M Graduate Students Win Dow Awards to Pursue Sustainability Solutions in Southeast Michigan & India (pdf) or Read the story online