Graham Sustainability Institute
Create a More
Sustainable
Future

Collaborative Sustainability Solutions

The Graham Sustainability Institute connects the University of Michigan community with practitioners, scholars, and advocates worldwide. Together, we enrich sustainability research and leverage our collective knowledge for effective sustainability solutions.

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ConsultConnect Catalyze Clarify Co-Create
with Graham

500+
faculty research
Partners
1,200+
partner
organizations
1,500+
funded
students
4,000+
students, scholars,
and ambassadors
350+
reports, job aids,
policy briefs, and other
work products
200+
funded faculty

Philanthropic partnerships play a critical role in our work and will continue to help the Graham Sustainability Institute create the sustainable future we envision.

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Portfolio

WATER CENTER

Collaborative research to inform decisions that are good for our waters

The Water Center team works with the agricultural industry, environmental organizations, and agency partners at the state, provincial, and federal levels to inform approaches to managing nutrient loads impacting Lake Erie water quality.

ENERGY FUTURES

A  partnership with the State of Michigan to achieve a cleaner electricity grid

Energy Futures

Dr. Sarah Banas Mills and her team of student researchers work across the State of Michigan to help communities make informed, proactive decisions about transitioning to renewable energy.

STUDENT FELLOWS + SCHOLARS

Supporting and mentoring the next generation of sustainability leaders

Water is becoming a scarce resource in some parts of Mexico City. A team of Dow Fellows worked with Isla Urbana, a local rainwater harvesting NGO, to find ways to improve water safety and access.

CATALYST GRANTS

Small investments that make a big difference in faculty research outcomes

The effects of climate change are having a dramatic effect on the northern coast of Ecuador. Working with regional research facilities and NGOs, U-M researchers helped strengthen communities’ adaptive capacity at the local level.

SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS CULTURE

Education and outreach to promote environmental literacy across campus

6,000+ students, staff, and faculty have completed training in sustainability principles and practices, forming the Planet Blue Ambassador network—leaders in the effort to build a campus-wide culture of sustainability.

CARBON NEUTRALITY GRANTS

Interdisciplinary applied research to lower emissions and mitigate climate change

Equipped with a tape measure and a GPS, students at U-M Flint calculate campus trees’ capacity to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Their work is part of a larger effort to inventory campus biosequestration capacity.

Voices of Graham

“I’m really grateful to the Graham Institute for providing educational programs for both undergrads and graduate students, all the way up to post-docs and faculty, so that all of us can learn more and we can learn more together”

—Lizzie Grobbel | Master’s Student, U-M Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Dow Sustainability Fellow

“We’re working to bring together all the various stakeholders who have a role to play in ensuring that, at the end of the day, policies that come out are able to make the necessary impact.”

—Edith Clark | Physician, Ghana Health Service Practitioner | Research Partner

“We’re trying to come up with policies that integrate different parts of the problem so that we can provide substantial and practical policy recommendations.”

—Elisha Renne | Professor, U-M Department of Anthropology | Faculty Research Partner

“The University of Michigan, through the leadership the Graham Institute, is able to bring an unprecedented amount of resources to critical problems that we face in society. It’s really about how we can bring the knowledge that exists within the institution to bear ”on the problems of today, tomorrow, and into the future.”

—Steve Hamburg | Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund | Graham External Advisory Board Member

 

CONTACT

Katelin J. Davis
Director of Development
Graham Sustainability Institute and University Sustainability Objectives
Office: 734-763-1093 Email: katelinj@umich.edu

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