School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Justice News & Highlights

In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s twenty-year tenure at the Center for the Education of Women, CEW created the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Awardees are faculty and staff—either individuals or groups—whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

A list of the 40 most influential environmental justice conflicts in American history—compiled by students at the University of Michigan—has been added to a new "Global Atlas of Environmental Justice," an interactive online map detailing about 1,000 environmental conflicts worldwide. The atlas is a product of the European Union-funded EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade), which is hosting a conference this month in Lund, Sweden.

The purpose of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards is to recognize exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work.  Kerry Ard was chosen as a 2013 recipient for her thesis: Changes in Exposure to Industrial Air Pollution Across the United States from 1995 to 2004: The Role of Race, Income, and Segregation.

Josh Newell

Back alleys, vacant lots and underutilized urban spaces hold great potential for fostering more sustainable cities, if they can be reimagined and transformed into multidimensional green infrastructure that simultaneously delivers environmental, social and economic benefits, says Joshua Newell, assistant professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Climate Change Communication Challenge PSA Videos

We challenged students to create short public service announcement videos that would raise awareness about climate change solutions, encourage individual action, and/or provide people with an inspiring vision of what a sustainable future could look like. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. View all of the videos here.

Dorceta Taylor in Washington D.C.

SNRE professor and Environmental Justice scholar Dorceta Taylor recently returned from Washington D.C. where she gave a Congressional briefing on her Food Security in Michigan Project. Taylor was invited to be one of the keynote speakers by the Association of Ecosystems Research Centers (AERC).

Alumna Cynthia Koenig (M.S. '11/M.B.A. '11)


Alumnus Cynthia Koenig and the Dana Building are featured in the new public service announcement created by the University of Michigan. The announcement will air as a commercial and during sporting events broadcast on TV.

Shots from inside the Dana Building come from the Flume Room, the research lab space operated by Associate Professor Brad Cardinale.

Here is the story from the University Record explaining how the announcement was built ...

Environmental Justice student Allyson Green

Allyson Green, an Environmental Justice student at SNRE, is featured in a blog on the Scientific American website that talks with "new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters."

They – at least some of them – have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

Gregg Crane, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature within the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, has been named the new director of the Program in the Environment.

Crane has been teaching ENVIRON 377, History and Literature of the Rockies, at Camp Davis since 2007.  He is a specialist in American literary and intellectual history, and his current research focuses on the importance of intuition to a collection of literary, philosophical, legal, and environmental writers. His appointments runs through June 30, 2016.

Attendees of the May 10-11, 2013, Conference on Environmental Quality, Schools, and Health

The School of Natural Resources & Environment gathered experts and advocates for a conference this month to lay the groundwork toward developing policies to improve environmental quality around Michigan K-12 schools. SNRE Professor Paul Mohai, a noted scientist on environmental justice and the health-related aspects of school locations, co-organized the “Conference on Environmental Quality, Schools, and Health.”

Third Century Initiative

Five researchers at the School of Natural Resources and Environment received funding under a new University of Michigan program to promote interdisciplinary work. The funded projects are examining the challenges facing resource-constrained environments and sustainable transportation.

The Global Challenges for a Third Century (TCI) program, as the initiative is called, funded fewer than 15 percent of submitted proposals.

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