School of Natural Resources and Environment

Systainable Systems News & Highlights

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. 

Last Friday, 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.

Katie Browne, Environmental Justice

 

Here at the Conference of Parties in Lima, I have been struck by the odd mixture of rah-rah optimism and doomsday pessimism permeating the corridors and negotiating rooms. It is an odd disjuncture, especially for a first-timer to the COP process. While everyone acknowledges that the cost of failure to reach a climate deal next year in Paris is so high as to be almost inconceivable, the possibility for failure remains a lurking reality.

By Arman Golrokhian

This past weekend, I and Samantha Shattuck attended the COY10 (Conference of Youth) in Lima, Peru. COY is an annual event that gathers youth from all around the world to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences about engaging their communities in better understanding, addressing, and adapting to adverse climate change issues at regional and global scales.

Three University of Michigan student teams representing seven schools and colleges were honored on Saturday, November 15 with the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

They were among more than 70 Dow Sustainability Fellows who gathered with faculty advisers, community members and other students to showcase and discuss their research at the first annual Dow Sustainability Symposium.

Rewilding - thoughts from Joan Nassauer

From the release of captive species to their natural habitats, to restoring ecosystems in rural and urban areas, to “rewilding the child”, BBC correspondent Tim Marlow explores ideas about rewilding. Joan Nassauer, SNRE Landscape Architecture Professor, joins environmentalist and writer George Monbiot and Frans Schepers from Rewilding Europe on this episode of the Forum. Listen to the full program here.

Rachel Chalat, a third year joint degree student with SNRE studying Applied Economics and Science in Sustainable Systems, tied for first place in a national clean energy competition.  Hosted by MIT's Energy Initiative, the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awards recognized Rachel's research in the development of a new method for states to assess compliance options for the EPA's proposed rules to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  Her work has been exemplary and has gained considerable interest with stakeholders across the Midwest.

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.


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