School for Environment and Sustainability

  1. U-M expert: Change won’t happen overnight to improve race relations

    It has been a topic that many Black parents in the United States have discussed with their children in recent decades—staying safe from harm or being killed by law enforcement. But in recent months, the conversation now extends to Black youths being killed in regular situations by white citizens, said Alford Young Jr., a University of Michigan sociologist who has conducted research on African Americans.

  2. Murals share thoughts of residents in state’s most polluted zip code

    The 48217 is known as the most polluted Zip Code in the state of Michigan. University of Michigan Professor Joe Trumpey and his students teamed up with community activist Theresa Landrum to help raise awareness of the pollution issues created by emitters through a series of murals.

  3. Social Enterprise Spotlight: Detroit 75 Kitchen

    Ahmad Nassar was on his way to medical school like many other children of immigrants but his entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to being part of the ongoing revitalization of Detroit compelled him to take a sharp turn in his career. He went on to found Detroit 75 Kitchen, a food truck service in Southwest Detroit.

    1. Partner Profile: Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision responds to climate change, pollution impact

      “Having partnerships like this allows more people to be involved in environmental work without feeling like you need to be a scientist and have the training. You can have your life experience and have partners who can help you with the data and the research and the connections.”
      ~ Raquel Garcia, executive director of Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision

    2. State of the Strait Report highlights urgent need to clean up Detroit River

      The 2023 State of the Strait Report calls for “urgency” in cleaning up toxic sediment on the bottom of the Detroit River. Remediation is needed on the Detroit side but not on the Canadian side, according to the report.

    3. U-M’s Poverty Solutions takes an evidence-based approach to improving life in Detroit and beyond

      “We’ve done a great deal with housing and revitalization. We’ve worked a great deal with workforce development and with public health. So a lot of how we live out our mission happens in the city of Detroit.”
      ~ Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions

    4. U-M expert: Implications of restrictive abortion policies on maternal health, social welfare

      “Restrictive abortion policies will further exacerbate health and economic inequality in the U.S. unless public safety net programs and social welfare systems are adequately resourced and reformed to meet the increase in demand from significantly fewer abortions.”

      ~ Paula Lantz, a health policy professor at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health.

    5. Michelle Adams, renowned expert on race discrimination and school desegregation, joins Michigan Law faculty

      Adams said that even when dealing with difficult topics like race, “I have figured out a way to make the Socratic method humane and useful. If you do it right, it’s like being an orchestra conductor. You’ve got your violins, your woodwinds, and all the different horns, and you get them all playing together.”

    6. Partner Profile: Urban Neighborhood Initiatives supports people and places in Detroit’s Springwells neighborhood

      Part of helping people thrive is making sure the neighborhoods where they live are thriving too. For the past 25 years, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives has focused on serving the people and places within a 1.4-square-mile-area of the Springwells neighborhood in Southwest Detroit.