Graham Sustainability Institute

Joan Nassauer

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  • Environment and Sustainability

Joan Iverson Nassauer is Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Her work focusing on the relationship between aesthetics and ecology has offered strategies for basing ecological design on strong science and interdisciplinary collaboration, and these strategies have been applied internationally. Her award-winning research investigates public acceptance and the cultural sustainability of environmentally beneficial landscape change. She has worked with colleagues in ecology, civil engineering, forestry, and hydrology to develop and implement ecosystem management plans for rural landscapes, for urban watersheds, and to retrofit 19th century cities and 20th century suburbs to improve their ecological health – particularly through low impact storm water management and brownfield redevelopment.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

Good Health and Well-BeingClean Water and SanitationDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesClimate ActionLife on Land


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Education Programs
    • Dow Programs
      • Distinguished Faculty Fellow
    • Reviewer
  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Transformation Grants
      • Reviewer
    • Integrated Assessments
      • Campus IA
      • Detroit Sustainability Indicators IA
        • Team Member
  • General
    • Event Participant
      • Presenter
    • Small Grant Recipient
  • Water Center
    • Freshwater
      • U-M Large Grants
        • Grant Recipient
    • Event Participant
      • WC Lunches