The Center for Sustainable Systems is turning 25! What began in 1991 as the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education (NPPC) has grown over 25 years into the authority on sustainable systems. In the process, CSS has produced 200 projects, 500 publications, and 2,000 alumni who have made a difference globally.
When a US EPA competitive grant launched the NPPC in 1991, its mission was to collect, develop, and distribute educational materials on pollution prevention. In 1997, the mission expanded to encompass sustainability and systems analysis.
John Craighead (M.S. ’40, Ph.D. ’49) and Frank Craighead (M.S. ’40, Ph.D. ’49) - identical twins known for their thrill-seeking and love of practical jokes – grew up with a deep connection to the outdoors. They made wildlife management history when they stuck a transmitter on a bear.
Shortly before his ninth birthday, Jose Gonzalez (M.S. ’09) moved with his family to California, where Gonzalez noted that many Americans travel to nature in order to have a “nature experience” - a concept he had not previously encountered. As a child in rural Mexico, nature was always just outside his door.
Without Sharon Miller’s commitment to our community and our institution, alumni relations may look very differently than it does today.
Picture this: It’s the 1970s. A deep economic recession just hit. The auto industry is in trouble, and government funding for higher education is dropping precipitously. The University needs to cut costs.
Many count exposing children to toxins among the worst environmental crimes. But studies by SNRE Professor Paul Mohai and Dr. Byoung-Suk Kweon (University of Maryland) show that it is also among the most pervasive: these researchers found that a majority of public schools in Michigan are located in highly polluted areas.
SNRE’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is now underway! Each summer, the program brings 20 undergraduates from environmental studies or a related field to SNRE for an eight-week summer internship program.
This is the program’s first year at SNRE. They have welcomed participants from 17 colleges and universities around the country to work in labs alongside SNRE faculty, research scientists, and doctoral students.
Do you live in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Bozeman, Denver/Boulder, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Boston, DC, Chicago, New York, or Minneapolis? Do you want to connect with other SNREds in your area and have fun doing it? Then look no further than SNRE’s Regional Alumni Clubs!
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.
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
Rocky Rohwedder, MS ’79, began his journey with a single, central question: “Are there highly successful examples of communities lifting themselves out of poverty, while simultaneously lowering their ecological footprint?” Based on decades of exploration, he has found the answer to be a resounding yes. Illuminating that link for others prompted Rocky to write Ecological Handprints, an interactive eBook focused on proven grass-roots remedies that both ameliorate poverty and restore ecological resilience.