The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching and outreach, faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.
In 1950, the University of Michigan formally established the School of Natural Resources, the first of its kind in the world, but the study of natural resources and environmental problems has been part of the University for over 100 years. Fittingly, the school changed its name to the School of Natural Resources and Environment in 1992. The school remains an international leader in educating students to be innovative and effective stewards of the environment. The school’s home is the Dana Building, which underwent a series of renovations and is now the greenest academic building not only on U-M’s campus, but in the state of Michigan. Other SNRE facilities include terrestrial, aquatic, and analytical laboratories; a microcomputer laboratory; a remote-sensing laboratory; a computer graphics laboratory for landscape architecture; and a geographic information systems laboratory. In addition, Nichols Arboretum, Stinchfield Woods and Saginaw Forest, and the University’s Biological Field Station and Matthaei Botanical Gardens are available to the school for research and field work.
The current rate and scale of environmental change are unprecedented. Responding to this, the school has adopted an ambitious, but essential, mission. We aim to train leaders, develop policies, and teach the skills necessary to manage and conserve the earth’s resources on a sustainable basis. For over half a century, the school has been a leader in natural resource and environmental research and education. The tradition continues today and into the coming century.
Natural Resources and Environment is poised to build on its accomplishments through creative and collaborative efforts with individuals and institutions anywhere excellence and diversity are found. We are also committed to five critical areas of study and action: Conservation of biological diversity and ecosystem management and restoration; risk perception, assessment, management, and communication; environmental equity and urban environments; corporate environmental management; and global environmental change. In conjunction with the University of Michigan’s ambitious fund-raising M-campaign, the school hopes to increase its endowment to fund professorships, scholarships, and research.