School of Natural Resources and Environment

News and Research Digest

Professors Steve Yaffee and Julia Wondolleck have just launched a new web-based teaching tool to help people understand facilitation strategies and collaborative decision making.  The new website follows in SNRE's strong tradition of work in conflict management and collaborative problem solving, while using new technology that enables engaged learning.  According to Yaffee, "We built this site to provide users with a stepwise guide for facilitating a complicated public decision making process. We hope our SNRE alums will give it a try."

For Rocky Rohwedder, MS ’79, environmental destruction and global poverty are inextricably linked. It all began with the question: “Are there highly successful examples of communities lifting themselves out of poverty while simultaneously lowering their ecological footprint?” The answer is a resounding, YES.

EJOLT research team members

By Liz Kalaugher, environmentalresearchweb

The environmental justice arena has seen much change since it emerged from the civil rights movement. Now, a survey of 31 key players has revealed some of the challenges as the field has transitioned from local efforts to national and global remits, and more sophisticated strategies.

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: