School of Natural Resources and Environment

Systainable Systems News & Highlights

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) seeks applicants for Lecturer 1 or visiting faculty (non tenure-track) for a full-time, one academic year appointment with potential for renewal, beginning September 2016.  Successful applicants will be expected to teach the equivalent of three courses per year (approx. 9 credits / 100% effort) within the sustainable systems field.  The position will also include student advising of team-based Master’s projects for the selected visiting faculty member.

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 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.