School of Environment and Sustainability

  1. Electric vs. gasoline vehicles: Is EV ownership competitive in your area?

    Is it actually cheaper to own an electric vehicle instead of a gas vehicle? It depends. University of Michigan researchers say that where you live matters. For instance, a midsize SUV costs more to own in Detroit than in San Francisco—one of the most expensive cities in the country.

  2. Meet the future: transforming vacant land in Detroit

    The trust she has built has allowed Lisa DuRussel to integrate her deep connections into the projects she designs for her students. She says that these projects tend to attract SEAS students who are interested in both community engagement and the questions surrounding the future of vacant land in Detroit.

  3. U-M microplastics exhibit on Detroit’s Belle Isle

    Join U-M at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum where a special exhibit was created in a collaboration between researchers from the University of Michigan and the museum. 

  4. Ginsberg match advances sustainability, builds neighborhood connections in Detroit

    An interdisciplinary team of 20 master’s students from SEAS, as well as the Ross School of Business, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the School of Social Work, worked throughout the semester alongside Paige and others at Bailey Park to advance sustainability knowledge through various community engaged projects.

  5. Q&A: Jason Hawes says urban agriculture is a critical element in Detroit land use  

    “Hazen Pingree was mayor of Detroit around the turn of the (20th) century and one way he addressed hunger in the city was to encourage people to grow potatoes in their back yards and in community plots the city set out. They were called ‘Pingree’s potato patches.'”
    ~ Jason Hawes, U-M PhD candidate

  6. From garden to growth: This urban garden cultivates young leaders

    Cadillac Urban Gardens doesn’t just grow produce. It grow leaders and environmental stewards, says U-M alumna Sarah Clark, who founded the garden. Clark started working with Dolores Perales in 2013 when she was a sophomore at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Perales went on to earn dual master’s degrees from U-M.

  7. SEAS continues to grow environmental justice program with new expertise, community organizers

    By expanding the program and building on its history as leaders in environmental justice, SEAS is continuing to foster the educational experience that communities affected by injustice have been demanding of universities.

  8. Do urban gardens lead to gentrification? Not in Detroit, study finds

    This indicates that the practice of gardening may be spreading beyond the Black-led institutions like churches and nonprofits that originally promoted it.

  9. U-M launches SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to combat effects of climate change, residential flooding

    While the clinic’s main emphasis will be on serving the community, the work also extends the mission of SEAS aimed at promoting multidisciplinary sustainability with a collaborative approach.