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Fact Sheet

College tuition rates are increasing every year, forcing many students to take out student loans. Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) is something every college student fills out, but not many truly understand how the process of student loan borrowing works. Michigan student loan default rates are higher than the national average, and women, especially women of color, are disproportionately affected by student debt. With a $5,000 seed grant from the Dow Distinguished Awards competition, a University of Michigan (U-M) student team is co-designing a solution with students to meet their loan literacy needs. 

May 2019
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The research findings summarized in this report provide a more complete understanding of the relative contributions of different sources of phosphorus within the St. Clair-Detroit River System watershed, including Lake Huron, point sources, combined sewer overflow events,and runoff from both agricultural and urban lands.

May 2019
Executive Summary Detroit River cover
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This is the executive summary for the final report of the Watershed Asessment of Detroit River Phosophorus Loads to Lake Erie.

May 2019
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In 2016, Traverse City, Michigan committed to sourcing 100% of the energy used for city operations from renewable sources by 2020. In 2018, the municipal utility Traverse City Light & Power made a similar commitment to 100% renewable sources by 2040. These declarations created opportunities for local energy project development in the region, paving the way for renewables to benefit environmental, social, and economic issues within the community. Renewable energy projects and infrastructure are not new, but communities across the United States are still struggling to find the best models to harness this opportunity, particularly for underserved geographies and communities. 

April 2019
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What Changed with Michigan’s 2018 Lead and Copper Rule?

Prior to the adoption of the new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule in June 2018, Michigan’s requirements were consistent with the federal Lead and Copper Rule. The new Michigan rule includes targeted changes that are detailed here.

March 2019
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What Changed with Michigan’s 2018 Lead and Copper Rule?

Prior to the adoption of the new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule in June 2018, Michigan’s requirements were consistent with the federal Lead and Copper Rule. The new Michigan rule includes targeted changes that are detailed here.

March 2019
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This memo analyzes the viability of complete lead service line (LSL) replacement through increased water fees. Replacement of LSLs solely through increased water rates is possible, but depending on the number of LSLs to be replaced, may require an extended (>20 year) timeline for water systems and/or risks considerable financial pressure on low-income residents and communities. Protecting vulnerable residents from unaffordable rate hikes will likely necessitate an investment of state/outside funds or an extended timeline. 

March 2019
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This memo analyzes the viability of complete lead service line (LSL) replacement through a combination of state grants and increased water fees. The City of Eau Claire’s strategy involved three components: 

March 2019
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Our Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program team (the Dow team) partnered with the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) to investigate drinking water quality and affordability issues at the community level to better inform statewide efforts to empower citizens and address water access concerns. The locality of focus, Benton Harbor, Michigan, shares similarities to Flint, Michigan – a city thrust into the spotlight when lead contamination was discovered in its drinking water. Benton Harbor, like Flint, has experienced an economic depression, a strained city governance, and aging infrastructure.

Keywords: water, infrastructure, Michigan Environmental Council, City Planning

November 2018
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A Dow Sustainability Fellows team presented to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) the financial, social, and environmental merits of offering subsidized ride-hail services to residents in areas that cannot be efficiently covered by buses. The team proposed a subsidized ride-hail service, FlexBus. While the research, design, and analysis of this report were conducted specifically for the AAATA, the team expects the information and insight will be broadly applicable to any transit agency considering on-demand ride-hailing.

Keywords: Ride sharing, hailing, transportation, subsidized

November 2018

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