Identifying mutually beneficial objectives for researchers and practitioners engaged in climate adaptation efforts can often be a challenge. Differences can occur in terms of motivations, objectives, scale, and decision-making authority.
Drawing on the experience of researchers and practitioners involved in a climate adaptation project focused on cities in the Great Lakes region, this paper provides an overview of the relationship between the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute and the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan (publishied in the 2016 Issue of the Michigan Journal of Sustainability).
College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same time, institutions of higher education (IHEs) are seeking to contribute to sustainable societies by encouraging students to incorporate principles of environmental responsibility into personal consumption practices.
Cite this article as: Schoolman, E.D., Shriberg, M., Schwimmer, S. et al. J Environ Stud Sci (2016) 6: 490. doi:10.1007/s13412-014-0190-z
Keywords: Sustainable societies, higher education students, environmental responsibility, personal consumption, urban migration, food systems, attitudes, cities
The project team measured the ecological, social, and economic impacts of public private partnerships to restore wetlands in New York state. This video highlights the benefits of participating in these programs to landowners and surrounding communities.
Keywords: Wetland Restoration, New York State, Landowners, University of Michigan Water Center
This video describes how high nutrient and sediment loads delivered to Green Bay drive recurring summer hypoxia and algal blooms. It outlines the project team’s development of a linked model framework for simulating how the Green Bay system works, and how the Bay might respond to changes in climate, land use, and/or land management decisions.
Keywords: Green Bay, Wisconsin, hypoxia, algal blooms, University of Michigan Water Center, algae
Fluctuating lake levels adds complexity to responsible planning in coastal communities. This video describes what happens to the coast as lake levels fluctuate, the implications for coastal communities, and the techniques the project team developed to help communities plan with fluctuating lake levels in mind.
Keywords: Great Lakes water levels, coastal communities, fluctuation, University of Michigan Water Center
Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program Infographic (SCIP)
Measuring sustainability awareness and behaviors at the University of Michigan (U-M). Each ring represents a top cultural indicator score of 10 for a range of sustainabilty knowledge, behavior, and disposition items at U-M.The number inside the ring reprsents how the campus community did in reaching those goals and changes since 2012. Can you see where YOU helped to close the gap in campus sustainability progress on campus?
The concept of transforming otherwise underused, vacant spaces into indoor farms is quickly becoming a popular medium for sustainable agriculture in urban communities. Examples include “The Plant” in Chicago, Illinois and “Growing Underground” in London, England. In these cases, a former meat-packing warehouse and forgotten WWII tunnels were repurposed into spaces for productive urban agriculture. These models provided the inspiration for establishing Black Pearl Gardens (BPG) located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Dow Fellows student project team worked with Christy Kaledas, founder and developer of BPG, to assess and enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the indoor farm, and suggest possible avenues for a 17-acre future expansion.
Keywords: Local food, urban agriculture, sustainability, indoor farm, indoor crops, Dow Sustainability Fellows, global impact series
This fact sheet provides a summary about the Michigan Journal of Sustainability (MJS), see: sustainability.umich.edu/mjs. MJS is managed by graduate students, affiliated with the University of Michigan Dow Sustainablity Fellows Program. Contributing authors translate scholarly research, field work and sustainability problems into useful formats for practitioners and policy makers.
Authors are encouraged to publish in this peer-reviewed journal targeted toward sustainability practitioners interested in applying innovative research to address complex challenges. This is an opportunity to communicate how research results are relevant to real-world applications.
Keywords: Sustainability, Michigan Journal of Sustainability, MJS, sustainable ecosystems, livable communities, climate variability and change
The Dow Sustainability Fellows Program supports graduate and postgraduate level scholars focused on interdisciplinary sustainability. The program prepares future sustainability leaders to make a positive difference in organizations worldwide. The program is comprised of masters/professional degree, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellows, who engage with one another within and across cohorts, thrive on collaboration, learn to employ interdisciplinary thinking, experience diverse stakeholder perspectives, and implement projects with significant potential for impact on local-to-global scales.
Keywords: Fellowships, sustainability, interdisciplinary, leadership, scholarship
The two greatest climate risks Saint Paul (St. Paul) faces are 1) flooding associated with increased mean rainfall and extreme rainfall events, and 2) the impacts of temperature increases. For example, a warmer climate will exacerbate the urban heat island effect, with temperatures in the city significantly hotter than surrounding areas. In 2015, St. Paul secured a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop a strategic climate change Resilience Framework. Part of the Framework includes increasing green infrastructure to improve storm water management. Other aspects of the Framework focus on improving communication about how to reduce the effects of climate change on city residents, especially more vulnerable populations.
This fact sheet is part of an urban climate series created to provides an overview of a climate risks. Each fact sheet includes a climate history, key considerations and activities specific to each city.
- Keywords: St. Paul, MN, flooding, heat, climate change, adaptation, extreme weather.