School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Justice News & Highlights

Butt and Xu win CAREER awards

Two SNRE assistant professors recently earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — the organization’s most prestigious program for supporting early-career scientists. According to the NSF, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

Housing projects sit in front of a hazardous waste site (stock image)

Minority and low-income neighborhoods and communities in transition are disproportionately targeted by industries that follow the path of least resistance when deciding where to locate hazardous waste sites and other polluting facilities.

That's one of the conclusions from a new environmental justice study by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana who analyzed 30 years of demographic data about the placement of U.S. hazardous waste facilities.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Launch Conservation Scholars Program

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan has launched a new program to introduce greater diversity into the environmental conservation workforce. The program, funded by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, enables U-M to join four other universities across the country that administer the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program: Northern Arizona University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Florida, and University of Washington.

The motto of Slow Food - "Good, Clean, Fair" - is one of food justice; justice for farmers, eaters, and the Earth. Advocates acknowledge that this path is not a cheap or economical one, however, they openly reject economics as a measure of desirability. Quality of life, it is argued, is a more complete metric for the effect that policy has on human well-being. There is no better time or place to start good quality habits than in schools, where the future of every nation is shaped.

On Friday, March 13, Governor Rick Snyder addressed Michigan citizens and legislature about the importance of reliable, affordable, environmentally protective energy sources, including hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking'. Governor Snyder specifically praised the importance of the Graham Sustainability Institute's draft report on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which includes peer-reviewed technical reports, and a detailed draft analysis of policy options for the future of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. 

Last Thursday, the second annual University of Michigan Innovation In Action competition concluded, with six stunning student pitches for startups that could make a significant dent on the health and well-being of communities. It was a great example of what can be achieved at the intersection of public health, entrepreneurship, and the creativity and energy that students can bring to real-world problems.