Graham Sustainability Institute
Graham Quarterly News Update, March 2016
Crucuses on snow

New Video on Collaborative Sustainability Solutions

Learn how Graham helps the U-M community engage with external partners to maximize sustainability impact in this short video on safeguarding our planet's life-support systems.


Advancing Livable Communities Through Sustainable Transportation

Researchers working on the Advancing Livable Communities through Sustainable Transportation Integrated Assessment (IA) asked: What policies, interventions, innovations, and partnerships best enable urban areas to create more livable communities? This new factsheet summarizes the team's findings.



Phosphorus Reduction Targets Announced

Recently, US EPA and Environment Canada announced a new 40 percent phosphorus load reduction target for Lake Erie.

This new target is expected to minimize the extent of the dead zone (low oxygen) and harmful algal blooms, which will improve the health of aquatic ecosystems and help protect human health.

Algal testing

Photo courtesy of NOAA GLERL

New on Planet Blue: Dow Global Impact Project Factsheets

Each year, U-M's Dow Sustainability Fellows Program allows graduate students to tackle complex sustainability issues in various local-to-global locations. Recently, one team has been focused on the decline in Michigan’s honey bee population, and another on capping food consumption and food waste.

Honey Bees


Water@Michigan Workshop Resources

In January 2016, the Water Center hosted Water@Michigan, a day-long event convening researchers from across the University to discuss their common interests in water. Researchers delivered brief and engaging introductions to their diverse areas of research and expertise, and participated in breakout discussions about water research challenges and opportunities. Presentations and other resources are now available.

Water@Michigan Presenter


Call for Abstracts

Graham is partnering with U-M's Institute for Social Research and others to host the Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium. The May, 2017 event will offer Social Science researchers the opportunity to discuss research sustainability methods, findings, and future collaborations. Abstract submissions of research projects to be presented at the symposium are being accepted through May 30th, 2016.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Decision Makers, Flash Flooding and Stormwater

A recent undergraduate student research project analyzed trends in flash flooding and precipitation totals in 30 cities throughout Great Lakes states, from 1996-2011. Factors such as population density, sewer type, and average precipitation per flood were evaluated on a city and regional scale. This information will better inform climate adaptation efforts at the local, state, and regional levels.


Photo credit: Deming / Grand Rapids, Michigan

Planet Blue: Sustainability at the University of Michigan


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