School of Natural Resources and Environment

Environmental Policy & Planning News & Highlights

Thanks to the generous donation of Jean Whittemore Sharp (BA, ’44), twenty-one SNRE students from various specializations were selected to participate in the San Francisco Career Trek. From October 17-18, these students had the opportunity to meet with over 45 Bay Area alumni and professionals that offered their time for roundtable discussions, moderated panels, personal meetings, as well as a networking reception.


We were pleased to welcome 143 master’s students to SNRE this fall. The Class of 2018 hail from 11 countries, more than 40 universities, and virtually every region of the US. They bring a wide range of undergraduate degrees and most significantly, cultural experiences and unique perspectives. Although their interests, goals and career plans are just as diverse, they share an acute sense of their responsibility as stewards of the environment, and an eagerness, as one student put it, to get things done.

Six innovative student groups from SNRE were featured in a new publication, Made at Michigan, created by Innovate Blue. Made at Michigan is U-M’s first annual report of student innovation and entrepreneurship campus-wide. The magazine-style publication highlights more than 80 student ventures over a broad variety of disciplines, including for-profits, nonprofits, and innovative products and services with market potential.  

Butt and Xu win CAREER awards

Two SNRE assistant professors recently earned National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — the organization’s most prestigious program for supporting early-career scientists. According to the NSF, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. 

On December 14, 2015, the New York Times published the following letter to the editor by SNRE Associate Professor Thomas Princen. The letter was a response to the outcome of the 21st Conference of Parties, recently held in Paris and attended by a delegation of U-M students and faculty from SNRE and across campus.

To the Editor:

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.

Close to 50,000 government leaders, private industry innovators, environmental advocates, and others will be gathering in Paris from November 30 through December 11, 2015, for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), a meeting of the countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Among them are eight University of Michigan students and two faculty members, this year’s U-M delegation, which has been part of the annual event since 2009.

Today, I visited the World Expo in Milan, where the theme is Feeding the World - Energy for Life.  This was the first time that the World Expo was explicitly focused around finding solutions to the world food crisis.  We live in a world where 800-900 million people are chronically undernourished, and 2.8 million people die each year from obesity-related causes.  There is no denying we live in an era of food crisis.  Each nation was asked to prevent its vision for contributing to solving world hunger.  The pavilions were as varied and eye catching as the countries that occupied them.