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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.

sustainability factsheets

The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) Releases latest edition of their sustainability factsheets that present a brief but complete picture of key consumption trends, life cycle impacts, and sustainable solutions on topics including sustainability indicators, energy, materials, food, water, buildings, transportation, and climate.

John Gutoskey art exhibit

John Gutoskey is an artist and designer. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts. He worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He also taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.

Dorceta Taylor in Washington D.C.

SNRE professor and Environmental Justice scholar Dorceta Taylor recently returned from Washington D.C. where she gave a Congressional briefing on her Food Security in Michigan Project. Taylor was invited to be one of the keynote speakers by the Association of Ecosystems Research Centers (AERC).

Dr. Diane Cecelia Drigot (1948-2013)

SNRI Alumni, Dr. Diane Cecelia Drigot died at St. Francis hospice on October 14, 2013, from complications of a stem cell transplant to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. She was 65 years old. She is survived by her mother, Genevieve Drigot, her sister, Karen Stone, her nephew, Robert Stone, his wife Kelly, and their two children, Lexi and Tyler, her grand niece and grand nephew.

S.C. Johnson & Son, maker of household products such as Windex, Pledge and Ziploc, is viewed as one of the more environmentally responsible companies in the U.S. So it was surprising to some when the Racine, Wisc.-based company faced multiple lawsuits for its patented Greenlist label and methodology. How did a company that was lauded as visionary years ago for voluntarily removing chlorofluorocarbons from aerosol cans wind up being accused of greenwashing? Andrew Hoffman, an SNRE and Ross School of Business professor, wrote in the case study, "SC Johnson and the Greenlist Backlash," that the company's experience underscores the wider problem of communicating green credentials to consumers.