School of Natural Resources and Environment

Master's Projects Archives

Master's Project Title Client Organization
Financed Emissions and Socio-economic Sustainability Metrics in the Financial Services Industry (2015) Comerica Bank
Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations - Phase 2 (2015) MELDI
Climate Ready Great Lakes Cities (2015) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Regional Team
ReFashion Livernois (2015) Dickinson by Design
Improving Energy Sustainability for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Reservation (2015) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB)
Greener Golf: An Ecological, Behavioral, and Communal Study of the University of Michigan Golf Courses (2015) University of Michigan Athletics, University of Michigan Golf Course (The Blue Course), Radrick Farms Golf Course
Defining Next Generation Supply Chain Sustainability (2015) Schneider Electric, Energy & Sustainability
Building the Business Case for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia (2015) Kellogg Company
Reef Recreation: Designing with Nature to Redevelop an Ecological Catastrophe in the Atlantic Ocean into a Flourishing Aquatic Habitat and Coastal Protection Site (2015) Osborne Reef
Site Designs and Habitat Mapping for Increasing Organizational Capacity of an Alaskan Outdoor Education Organization (2015) Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Interdisciplinary Assessment of Utility Scale Solar Opportunities in the United States (2015) Sun Edison
More than Me! Sustainable School Yard Design, Liberia (2015) Sustainability Without Borders
Eco-Retreat Center Design in Jungle Farm, Liberia (2015) Sustainability Without Borders
Creating Shared Value: Managing Water-Related Risk and Opportunity through Corporate Social Investment (2015) Global Water Challenge
Kruzof and Baranof Islands Integrated Natural Resource Management Assessment (2015) Sitka Conservation Society
Expanding Food Bank Impact: Healthy Food Access and Sustainable Farm Production (2015) Greater Lansing Food Bank
Conservation and Management Planning for Livingston Land Conservancy (2015) Livingston Land Conservancy
Northport Renewable Energy Community Plan (2015) Northport Energy Action Taskforce
Enhancing Resiliency in Baltimore's Urban Forest (2015) City of Baltimore, Office of Sustainability
Sustainable Habitat – Renewables and Energy Efficiency Improvements for Habitat for Humanity (2015) Habitat for Humanity Michigan
Evaluation of Different Approaches for Controlling Phosphorus Pollution in the Maumee River Watershed (2015) Great Lakes Commission
Reducing Diesel Emissions, Improving Air Quality, and Promoting Environmental Justice in Southwest Detroit (2015) Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV)
Corridor Performance: Measuring the Impacts and Benefits of Design on Urban Retail Corridors (2014) Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA)
Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations (2014) MELDI
Environmental Flows for the Huron River System (2014) Huron River Watershed Council
Community-based Tools for U.S. Marine Protected Area Planning and Management (2014) NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center
Fostering Implementation of a Regional Water Conservation Plan for the Roaring Fork Watershed (2014) Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC)
Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) -- Green House Gas Inventory for Municipal government (2014) Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
Sleeping Bear Dunes Bay to Bay Paddle/Backpack Trail (2014) National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA)
Sustainability Initiatives for Beaumont Health System (2014) Beaumont Hospital
Sustainable Agriculture in Tropical Forest Landscapes (2014) CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Public Transport Systems and Infrastructure Solutions to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence on Hawaii Island (2014) The Kohala Center
Community Based Forest Governance and Institutions in the context of REDD+ in Tanzania (2014) International Forestry Research Center
Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities, and Trade: Mapping Environmental Justice Project (2014) European Commission: Community Research and Development Information Service
Getting it Right: Policy Recommendations on Distributed Energy Resources for the Evolving Electric Power Sector (2014) Institute for Electric Innovation (IEE), DTE Energy
Environmental Trade-offs in Commodity Production (2014) The World Wildlife Fund, Transforming Markets Initiative
Education and Community at the UM Campus Farm (2014) UM Sustainable Food Program
Mobilizing New Mobility Innovation, Industry Development and Consumer Uptake for the Detroit Region (2014) Ford Motor Company
Solar for All: Providing Electricity to the Base of the Pyramid Through Social Entrepreneurship (2014) Ashoka: Solar for All Initiative
Sustainability Business Case (2014) General Motors Company
REI (2014) REI
Examining and Evaluating Collaborative Methods and Strategies within the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) (2014) National Forest Foundation
Kalamazoo River Watershed Land Conservation Plan (2014) Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
Bridging Sustainability: Growing Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses Through Learning, Change and Leadership Green Garage Detroit
Bringing Renewable Energy to Camp Michigania: An Assessment and Educational Plan for Implementing Renewable Energy Strategies Camp Michigania
Crucial Creeks Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
InterNational Bank Corporate Responsibility Strategy Grupo Financiero Banorte
The BrightLight Foundation - Building a Business Plan for Solar Lamp & Cell Phone Charger Distribution (2013) The BrightLight Foundation
Institutionalizing Sustainable Food: Creation and Implementation of the UM Sustainable Food Program and Campus Farm University of Michigan Botanical Garden
Growing Our Place: Beecher High School Outdoor Classroom Project UM-Flint Office of University Outreach
Pursuing Sustainability with UMHS' Patient Food & Nutrition Services: Aligning Sustainable Practices with Healthcare Delivery University of Michigan Health System
From Home Energy Audit to Retrofit and Beyond (2013) DTE Energy
Restoring the Shiawassee Flats: Estuarine Gateway to Saginaw Bay U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Linking Land Use to Inland Lake Ecosystem Service Values The Natural Capital Project
The Demand for Carbon Offsets in the United States: A Snapshot of U.S. Buyers on the Global Voluntary and California Compliance Markets The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C.
Community Forestry and REDD+ in Nepal International Forest Resources and Institutions (IFRI)
Air Emission Characterization for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the United States Major Oil & Gas Servicing Company
An Analysis of Offshore Wind Development: A Non-market, Stated-Preference Approach to Measure Community Perceptions and Opinions and Estimate Willingness to Pay in Two Michigan Regions Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
Lower Boardman River Revitalization City of Traverse City, Michigan
Climate Change Adaptation in Great Lakes Cities U-M Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Great Lakes Climate Change Cities Assessment- GLACC-C Project
Innovations for LEAP GI: Green Infrastructure Analysis, Design, and Application in Detroit's Lower East Side Lower East Side Action Plan (LEAP)
Developing Policy on Environmental Quality, Schools, and Health (2012) Kresge Foundation
Visioning the Allen Creek Greenway: Designing a Path, Creating a Place (2012) Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy
Scaling up Payments for Watershed Services: Recommendations for Increasing Participation in Watershed Conservation Among Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Sebago Lake Watershed, Maine (2012) World Resources Institute
Enhancing Sustainability at Lower Huron Metropark (2012) Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Water Resource Management at the Mpala Conservancy (Laikipia District, Kenya) Mpala Wildlife Foundation
Modeling Effective Behavior Change Strategies for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (2012) Chesapeake Bay Trust
A Comprehensive Plan for an Ecological Restoration-based Eco-toursim Program at Glacial Park (2012) McHenry County Conservation District
Water for All: Sustainable Solutions for Reducing and Utilizing Sarvajal's Reverse Osmosis Brine in Northwestern India (2012) Piramal Water Private Ltd, -- a leading social enterprise in India (under the brand Sarvajal, Water for all)
Redesigning the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway - Improving Environmental and Cultural Sustainability by Creating Identity (2012) Scenic Highway Foundation
Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Case Studies in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, MI (2012) Great Lakes Cities Climate Change Integrated Assessment
Creating Sustainable Neighborhood Design for Legacy Cities: A New Framework for Sustainability Assessment (2012) Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP)
Hannahville Indian Community Forestland Acquisition and Forest-based Business Planning Initiative (2012) Hannahville Indian Community
Facilities Energy Management Audit and Recommendations at Yellowstone National Park (2012) Yellowstone National Park
Life-Cycle Modeling and Environmental Impact Assessment of Commercial Scale Biogas Production (2012) Swedish Biogas International LLC
Michigan Green Communities (2012) U.S. Department of Energy
Urban Revitalization through Art, Community and Ecology: The Heidelberg Project (2011) The Heidelberg Project
Financing Strategies for Municipal Energy Efficiency (2011) Clean Energy Coalition
Climate Change Adaptation in U.S. Cities (2011)
The Potential for Micro-algae and Other "Micro-crops" to Produce Sustainable Biofuels (2011) National Wildlife Federation
Climate Ready Great Lakes (2011) NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Great Lakes Regional Team
Jocko Valley Trails (2011) Jocko Valley Trails Committee
Building a Sustainable Community in Africa - Mpala Wildlife Conservancy (2011) Mpala Wildlife Foundation
Ecological Assessment, Mapping, and Prioritization of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks (2011) Huron-Clinton Metroparks
Transmission-Related Policy Options to Facilitate Offshore Wind in the Great Lakes (2011) Great Lakes Commission
The Detroit SUN Project: SUN = Sustainable Urban Neighborhood (2011)
Green Brewery Project (2011) Arbor Brewing Company
Campus Energy Management via the IP Network: A Feasibility Study for Achieving Energy Efficiency via EnergyWise (2011) Cisco Systems
Renewing Ranobe for Tomorrow: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development in Madagascar (2011) Ho avy
Sustainability at Banorte: A Comprehensive CSR Strategy (2011) ImpactOmh and Banorte
Aurora Organic Dairy Phase III: Corporate Sustainability Report (2011) Aurora Organic Dairy
Renewable Energy Strategy for Southern Company (2011) Southern Company
Vehicle Electrification Facilitating the Integration of Renewable Energy: An Analysis of the Provision of Ancillary Services via Networked EVs (2011) Better Place
Greening Brownfield Properties (2010) ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc
Assessing the Freshwater Conservation Potential of Terrestrial Protected Areas (2010) The Nature Conservancy
A Forest in the City: Exploring place-based education with the US Forest Service (2010) USDA Forest Service, Urban Connections Program
Dynamic Pricing Tariffs for DTE's Residential Electricity Customers (2010) DTE Energy
Area Based Development and Climate Change (2010) The World Bank (Social Development Department)
Charting the Course for Sustainability at Aurora Organic Dairy: Phase 2 Water Use, Nutrient Use and Waste Generation (2010) Aurora Organic Dairy
Restoration of a Multi-Functional Landscape: Mill Creek after Dam Removal (2010) Village of Dexter, MI
Sustainable Urban Redevelopment in Detroit (2010) Jefferson East Business Association
Renewable Energy in the California Desert: Mechanisms for Evaluating Solar Development on Public Lands (2010) The Wilderness Society
Fostering Implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan (2010) Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC)
Holy Cross Abbey: Reinhabiting Place (2010) Holy Cross Abbey
Transit Oriented Development in Detroit (2010) Detroit Department of Transportation
Ungulate Pathways of the West: Examining Conservation Challenges & Opportunities for Ungulate Migrations (2009)
Sustaining Hope: A Strategic Plan for Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, MI (2009) Growing Hope
Boyne Mountain Resort Environmental Sustainability Management Plan (2009) Boyne Mountain Resort
Corn Ethanol and Wildlife: How are policy- and market-driven increases in corn plantings affecting habitat and wildlife? (2009) National Wildlife Federation
The St. Marys River Watershed: Planning for Biodiversity Conservation (2009) The Nature Conservancy
New Mobility: Providing Solutions to Social and Environmental Problems in Urban Slums of Developing Regions (2009) Ford Motor Company
The Case for New Transmission in the U.S.: Meeting the Need for Large-Scale Renewable Energy (2009) American Wind Energy Association
Charting the Course for Sustainability at Aurora Organic Dairy: Phase 1 Energy & Carbon Footprint Analysis (2009) Aurora Organic Dairy
Residential Green Roof Implementation in Washington, DC: A Stormwater Management Tool for an Impervious Urban Environment (2008)
Fish Consumption and Environmental Justice on the Detroit River AOC (2008) Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
Visions of Argo: Alternative Futures for Ann Arborí¢â‚¬â„¢s Riverfront (2008) Huron River Watershed Council
Biodiversity Conservation and Collaborative Management in Jamaicaí¢â‚¬â„¢s Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (2008) Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust
Future Management Strategies for El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico (2008) El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
New Mobility Solutions for South Africa & India: A Framework for Success (2008) Ford Motor Company
Evaluating Renewable Energy Options for BHP Billiton's Global Assets (2008) BHP Billiton
Hybrid Organization Innovations Toward Sustainability (2008) William Davidson Institute
Valuing Water: A Globally Sustainable Approach for the Pharmaceutical Industry (2008) Merck & Co., Inc.
Analysis of the Priorities, Obstacles & Opportunities for Implementing State Wildlife Action Plans in the Northeast U.S. (2007) National Council for Science and the Environment
Building Green for the Future, Volume 2 : Hotel Development and Operations in North America (2007) Sustainable Conservation
Renewables, Policy and the Cost of Capital: Improving Capital Market Efficiency to Support Development of . . . (2007) United Nations Environment Program, Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative
Sustainable Redevelopment of a Post-Industrial Brownfield Site:A Case Study in the Nationí¢â‚¬â„¢s í¢â‚¬Å“Vehicle City,í¢â‚¬  Flint, Michigan (07) Genesee Institute & Genesee County Land Bank
River Raisin Watershed Management Planning (2007) River Raisin Watershed Council
Project Katrina (2007) Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Assessment of the India River Linking Plan: A Closer Look at the Ken-Betwa Pilot Link (2007) Center for Environmental Education
Northeast Michigan Integrated Assessment: Connecting Great Lakes Coastal Access, Tourism, and Economic Development (2007) Michigan Sea Grant
Demand Analysis and Optimization of Renewable Energy: Sustainable Rural Electrification of Mbanayili, Ghana (2007)
Reinventing Wingfield Pines: Creating a Regional Showcase for Floodplain Rehabilitation in a Post-mined Landscape (2007) Allegheny Land Trust
Investigating Opportunities to Strengthen the Local Food System in Southeast Michigan (2006) Food System Economic Partnership
New Mobility Strategies for Ford Motor Company (2006) Ford Motor Company
Corporate Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (2006) Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Planning for the Strategic Redevelopment of Downtown Detroit (2006) Downtown Detroit Partnership
People, Parks, and Partnerships (2006) National Park Service
Michigan at a Climate Crossroads: Strategies for Guiding the State in a Carbon-Constrained World (2006) National Environmental Trust
Supporting conservation and decision-making in the Northwoods: Mapping forest values, services, and threats (2017). The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
Climate Adaptation Strategies for Specialty Coffee Farmers in Costa Rica (2016) CIMS Sustainable Markets Intelligence Center, Costa Rica
Planning trails and interpretation in the nation’s newest NPS unit (2017). VALL: Valles Caldera National Preserve (one of the nation’s newest park units)
Stone Paper LCA (2016) Taiwan Lung Meng Technology Co. Ltd
Revitalizing Lower Town as a Pedestrian and Bicycle-friendly Community (2017) Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition (WBWC)
Double Energy Productivity at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Campus (2016) Johnson Controls, Inc.
Engaging and Empowering the Green Industry to Respond Positively to the Threat Cultivated Invasive Species Pose to West Michigan Lands and Waters (2017). West Michigan Cluster (WMC) of the Stewardship Network
Improving Institutional Access to Energy-Reduction Incentives through Research and Education (2016) Ecology Center
Reforestation planning at Berenty Reserve, southern Madagascar (2017) Berenty Reserve / University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oxford University, UK
Growth Plan for an Outdoor School in Northern California (2016) Sierra Nevada Journeys
Post consumer composting implementation within Residence halls (2017) Housing Department within Student Life
Valuing Natural Capital & Assessing Waste Recovery: A Study of Amcor’s Flexible Packaging (2017) Amcor
Strengthening Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Michigan (2017) University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP)
Environmental and Economic Life Cycle Assessment of Alternative Source Water at Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (2017) Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
"Vishwamitri " a river and its reign (2017)
Forecasting Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms (2017) Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
NOAA Regional Public Private Partnership Analysis and Recommended Strategy (2017) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
PACE Renewable Energy Program Plan and Pilot Project (2017) Northport Energy Action Taskforce (Northport Energy)
Green Bay Packers - Titletown Development Sustainability Recommendations (2017) Green Bay Packers
Community Based Adaptive Learning and Action in Management of forestry Resources in Nepal (2017) Forest Action in Nepal
Ingall’s Nature Education Center Design and Sustainable Management Plan (2017) Iosco Conservation District
Bird and Bear Conservation and Community Outreach in the Chocó-Andes (2017) The Maquipucuna Foundation
Nature and Nurture Seeds Farmstand Operation (2017) Nature and Nurture, LLC
Alpena Township South Corridor Improvement Project (2016) Alpena Township / South Bay Corridor Association
Integrating Social Science into Urban Sustainability Metrics (2017) City of Ann Arbor
Carbon Sources, Sinks and Offsets in Global Forest Investments (2016) Global Forest Partners LP
The 'Toxic 100' and Environmental Justice Conflicts around the World (2017) The Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ) Project, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Developing a comprehensive Land Management Plan for the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s eight properties (2016) Kalamazoo Nature Center
The Farm at St. Joe’s: Expanding an innovative farm-to-institution food system. (2017) The Farm at St. Joe’s Hospital
Resilience of Coastal Communities in Response to External Stressors (2016) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Michigan’s Transportation in 2050: Meeting a Goal of 80% GHG Reduction (2017) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Six Points Property Master Plan (2016) The Wyandot of Anderdon Nation, Trenton, Michigan
Shared Mobility and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2017) U.S. EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Expanding a Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy in the Healthcare Sector with Beaumont Health System (2016) Beaumont Health System (BHS)
Building a Carbon Dioxide Removal Supply Curve (2017) University of Michigan Energy Institute
Landscape-Level Planning: Lessons Learned from the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2016) Bureau of Land Management
Inspiration Ridge Preserve Base-line Ecological Inventory and Environmental Education Enhancement Plan (2017) Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in Eastern Europe & Russia: Accomplishments, Impacts & Lessons Learned from IUCN's "Forest Law Enforcement & Governance Program" (2016) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits Associated with Operation or Removal of the Tower-Kleber Hydroelectric Dam on the Upper Black River in Cheboygan County, Michigan (2017) Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Designing and implementing novel reforestation/agroforestry systems (2016) Paso Paci­fico (Our main office and all of our project activities are in Nicaragua; we also have a small US office in Ventura CA for administrative purposes.)
Pricing Policies for the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Utility Systems (2017) DTE Energy
Combination of Water Sensitive Urban Design and Ecological Landscape Design in China (2016) SPD Planning & Design Corporation
An Analysis of Waste Management and Zero Waste in Detroit, Michigan (2017) East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC)
Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan (2016) Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (TOMWC)
Climate Ready Middle Mississippi (2017) HeartLands Conservancy
Program Evaluation and Assessment Systems for Public and Outreach Environmental Education Programming (2016) Walking Mountains Science Center
Saving a Small Rural Family Farm in Raisinville Township By Building a Business Plan for a Solar and Renewable Energy Project (2017) Heinlen Solar Energy Business, Heinlen LLC
Climate Change Mitigation, Avoided Deforestation and Commodity Agriculture: Certification of Sustainable Cattle Farming Practices in Brazil (2016) CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Kiwanis Environmental Education Preserve (KEEP) (2017) Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation, Inc. (“Kiwanis Foundation”) in development of the Kiwanis Environmental Education Preserve (“KEEP”)
Revitalizing the Grand River Corridor: Activating the Rouge River (2016) Farmington/Farmington Hills Corridor Improvement Authority (F/FHCIA)
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Native Species Reforestation for Carbon Sequestration, Biodiversity Conservation, and Sustainable Agroforestry in Nicaragua’s Tropical Dry Forest Ecosystem (2017) Paso Pacifico
Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Municipal Street Lighting Consortium (2016) Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office
Pewabic: “Tiling” the Story of Revitalization in Detroit Through Public Gardens (2017) Pewabic Society, Inc.
Building a Business Plan Ensuring Market Access for MakaPads in Uganda (2016) Sustainability Without Borders
Feasibility Analysis of Creating a Collective Impact Network Organization for Increasing Perennial Restoration Agriculture in Michigan (2017) Slow Food Huron Valley
2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card Sustain Charlotte
Legal Protections for Rivers: Analysis of extent and effectiveness in several countries (2017) The Nature Conservancy
Sustainable Sourcing and Expansion for Frita Batidos (2016) Frita Batidos