School of Natural Resources and Environment

Landscape Architecture News & Highlights

Thanks to the generous donation of Jean Whittemore Sharp (BA, ’44), twenty-one SNRE students from various specializations were selected to participate in the San Francisco Career Trek. From October 17-18, these students had the opportunity to meet with over 45 Bay Area alumni and professionals that offered their time for roundtable discussions, moderated panels, personal meetings, as well as a networking reception.


We were pleased to welcome 143 master’s students to SNRE this fall. The Class of 2018 hail from 11 countries, more than 40 universities, and virtually every region of the US. They bring a wide range of undergraduate degrees and most significantly, cultural experiences and unique perspectives. Although their interests, goals and career plans are just as diverse, they share an acute sense of their responsibility as stewards of the environment, and an eagerness, as one student put it, to get things done.

Landscape Architecture Professor Bob Grese

The Garden Club of America (GCA) has awarded Bob Grese with an honorary membership. The GCA is the first national federation of American garden clubs, with 200 member clubs and over 18,000 members across the country. Established in 1913, GCA has long championed the conservation and study of our nation’s rich heritage of designed landscapes and gardens. Generations before these needs became evident to most citizens, the GCA spearheaded many pioneering efforts to document and steward significant heritage sites—and create endowments to allow their continuity and study. 

bioretention gardens

It took more than just adding water. It wasn’t instant, either.

But Detroit’s water department and Land Bank Authority as well as the University of Michigan turned four vacant city lots into gardens designed to corral storm water.

Officials with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the city’s Land Bank Authority, UM and community groups held a celebration Wednesday for the pilot project’s completion. The event was held at one of the lots, located on Evergreen between Joy and Tireman.

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. 

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.