School of Natural Resources and Environment

Systainable Systems News & Highlights

SNRE students Eric Weinberg, Jeremy Good, Kate Loshakova, Luis Cecco, Yiyao Chen, and Kuan-Ho Lai have teamed up with the Northport Energy Action Taskforce to develop and implement a Renewable Energy Community Plan that will enable the village and township to attain their goal of becoming a 100% clean energy community.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) annual Better Buildings Case Competition engages the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to develop creative solutions to real-world energy efficiency problems for businesses and other organizations across the marketplace. Through the competition, interdisciplinary teams of university students gain critical skills and experience to start careers in clean energy.

SNRE is happy to welcome Jose Alfaro to our faculty. Jose will make a critical addition to our collective work in sustainable systems and promises to be a wonderful colleague and mentor to so many in our community.  He will also be leading our international engagement efforts, which includes a substantial School commitment to the Sustainability without Borders Program.


Sustainability Without Borders (SWB) is a student organization sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Our mission is to create a network of sustainability practitioners who develop and implement environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable projects. Although we are a student organization, our membership is open to fellow sustainability enthusiasts.

SNRE Assistant Research Scientist Jeremiah Johnson has been quoted in a U.S. News Article today regarding President Obama's energy policy in the context of the State of the Union Address.  Johnson, interviewed for his specialization on energy policy, predicted that the President will emphasize the "energy independence theme" due to increased oil production and lower imports as well as the expansion of wind and solar energy in recent years. 

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.

Four teams of University of Michigan graduate students were recently selected to receive Dow Distinguished Awards for Sustainability, a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels. This years teams received more than $135,000 with projects being pursued in Southeast Michigan focusing on built environment matters and investigating water demand management issues in India.

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