School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Policy & Planning News & Highlights

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.

SNRE Assistant Research Scientist Jeremiah Johnson has been quoted in a U.S. News Article today regarding President Obama's energy policy in the context of the State of the Union Address.  Johnson, interviewed for his specialization on energy policy, predicted that the President will emphasize the "energy independence theme" due to increased oil production and lower imports as well as the expansion of wind and solar energy in recent years. 

Josh Newell

Back alleys, vacant lots and underutilized urban spaces hold great potential for fostering more sustainable cities, if they can be reimagined and transformed into multidimensional green infrastructure that simultaneously delivers environmental, social and economic benefits, says Joshua Newell, assistant professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Climate Change Communication Challenge PSA Videos

We challenged students to create short public service announcement videos that would raise awareness about climate change solutions, encourage individual action, and/or provide people with an inspiring vision of what a sustainable future could look like. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. View all of the videos here.

Alumna Cynthia Koenig (M.S. '11/M.B.A. '11)


Alumnus Cynthia Koenig and the Dana Building are featured in the new public service announcement created by the University of Michigan. The announcement will air as a commercial and during sporting events broadcast on TV.

Shots from inside the Dana Building come from the Flume Room, the research lab space operated by Associate Professor Brad Cardinale.

Here is the story from the University Record explaining how the announcement was built ...

Gregg Crane, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature within the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, has been named the new director of the Program in the Environment.

Crane has been teaching ENVIRON 377, History and Literature of the Rockies, at Camp Davis since 2007.  He is a specialist in American literary and intellectual history, and his current research focuses on the importance of intuition to a collection of literary, philosophical, legal, and environmental writers. His appointments runs through June 30, 2016.

SNRE doctoral candidate Daniel Miller and colleagues at the University of Georgia and elsewhere have identified the most underfunded countries in the world for biodiversity conservation. They found that 40 of the most poorly funded countries harbor 32 percent of all threatened mammalian biodiversity.

SNRE Professor Rosina M. Bierbaum spoke to the Associated Press about climate adaptation strategies in light of a proposal from New York City to keep that city ahead of future climate-related challenges.

"Climate change poses significant risks to New York City’s communities and infrastructure," according to a report released June 11, 2013, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Hurricane Sandy has focused attention on the effects that extreme climate events have on New York City, reminding New Yorkers that the city is vulnerable to a range of climate hazards today and in the future.

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