Skip to main content


Consult Connect Catalyze Clarify Co-Create with Graham


faculty research partners


partner organizations


funded students


students, scholars, and ambassadors


reports and resources


funded projects

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

Join us and invest in the leaders and best in collaborative sustainability solutions.



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.


Fostering decarbonization solutions that advance community goals

Empowering Communities

Dr. Sarah 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.


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.


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.


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.


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”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”