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Systainable Systems News & Highlights

The Telangana Ponds Project, a project which started in SNRE's Center for Sustainable Systems but has grown to include students from the School of Public Health, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Ross School of Business, and Ford School of Public Policy, was recently recognized as a semi-finalist in the 2014  Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).

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.

Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

The University of Michigan recently released a study analyzing the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard - the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting three types of projects for the next research funding cycle, from 2016-2018. For the past several cycles, MSG has focused on Integrated Assessment projects. The 2015 call for proposals, however, includes two new opportunities. Core research, a more traditional approach to research, and graduate student research fellowships have been added to this RFP.

Pre-proposals and proposals are sought for the following topics:

By Wufan Jia, Environmental Policy and Planning, Sustainable Systems

My first day at the COP meetings was so informational that I am forced to highlight only the most interesting points. I will talk about the meetings I attended and you may get a sense of what is going on here, and as I am more interested in China, I pay more attention to events about China today. 

On December 4-5, 2014, Ross Energy Club hosted the sixth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC), the largest renewable energy case competition in the US. Sixteen MBA teams from nineteen nationwide and international top business schools were selected from a pool of nineteen teams to compete in solving a challenging case pertaining to a real business challenge facing the title sponsor, General Electric.

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