Graham Sustainability Institute

Opportunities for Partners

The Graham Institute works with organizations representing a variety of sectors to understand specific needs and foster connections with relevant expertise throughout U-M. See tiles below for examples of how we work with partners spanning business, government, non-governmental organizations. Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with the University of Michigan on fostering collaborative sustainability solutions.

To partner with us, contact the Graham Institute, phone: (734) 615-8230, email:

Examples of how we work with external partners:

Philanthropic NGOs

Emerging Opportunities » Integrated Assessments » GLAA-C

The Kresge Foundation supported efforts to understand the challenges and opportunities municipalities face when adapting to climate change.

State Governments

Emerging Opportunities » Integrated Assessments » Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

Graham coordinated efforts involving multiple U-M units, state regulators, industry representatives, and environmental organizations to understand the issues and identify options for this natural gas extraction technique in Michigan.

Local Governments

Water Center » Great Lakes

This Green Infrastructure effort involved the Detroit Land Bank Authority and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (City of Detroit). The initiative expanded to a larger NSF-funded project to develop connected, smart stormwater systems.

Large Businesses

Dow Sustainability Fellows Program

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation supports the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program, and student teams committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.

Small Businesses

Emerging Opportunities » Integrated Assessments » Detroit Sustainability Indicators

To support Data Driven Detroit's mission of making high-quality data available to support local decision-making, U-M faculty worked to develop data, tools, and analyses that can help incorporate sustainability into local planning efforts.

Tribal Governments

Emerging Opportunities » Emerging Opportunities Catalyst Grants

With Graham support, Anishinaabe communities collaborated with U-M faculty on efforts to reconnect Anishinaabe people with native seeds.

Regional Goverments

Emerging Opportunities » Integrated Assessments » Water Levels

Governments, environmental interests, industry groups, and individual property owners are all affected by variable Great Lakes water levels. Graham coordinated engagement and supported projects to help meet their needs.

Federal Governments

Water Center » Estuaries

Graham administers the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative (NERRS), supporting assessment and research conducted by academic institutions in 29 states where estuaries are located.

National-International NGOs

Emerging Opportunities » Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Environmental Defense Fund was looking to understand how people think about natural resources and how beliefs motivate people to act in ways that benefit the environment. Graham helped connect them to U-M researchers with the tools to answer those questions.