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Preparing for and adapting to a world irrevocably changed by climate change requires a multifaceted approach that engages clean energy solutions in the context of the built environment, economic displacement, public health, and environmental and energy justice. University of Michigan researchers are examining these areas, among others, with the goal of highlighting key steps to address this new normal. U-M experts are assessing local climate adaptation plans, examining ways to make ecosystems more resilient, and noting opportunities to deliver affordable, reliable, and clean energy services—especially to lower-income, minority populations who are disproportionately harmed by the climate crisis.

News and Impact

Larissa Larsen
Portico Fall 2021: Larissa Larsen on a new energy landscape
SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit
Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to help combat impacts of climate change
arid land near a lake
Global network takes stock of human adaptation to climate change
solar panels
New guide helps Michigan communities plan for solar energy
Wildfires, communities and climate change
Daniel Raimi
Raimi maps U.S. energy economy in new report
an illustration of people holding up solar panels
U-M Energy Equity Project to develop first standardized tool for driving equity in clean energy industry
great lakes climate adaptation network
Gala Learning Case: Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network
The project, “Mapping and Bridging Barriers in Knowledge Flows of How Solar Photovoltaics Affect Rural Community Economies,” will test various information dissemination strategies and study the impact of utility-scale solar on the economies of rural areas.
Mills and Craig selected for Department of Energy grant to study utility-scale solar
Catherine Hausman
Research into action: Hausman’s research key to new legislation
A new University of Michigan-led project, in partnership with four Detroit community-based organizations, will try to lighten that load a bit. Team members will work with residents of 200 low- and moderate-income (LMI) households in three Detroit neighborhoods—Jefferson Chalmers, Southwest Detroit and The Villages at Parkside—to improve home energy efficiency and to lower monthly utility bills.
U-M, community partners tackle energy insecurity in three Detroit neighborhoods
Harper Preserve in Argentine Township, located 45 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, is managed by the School for Environment and Sustainability and is among the lands being evaluated by the biosequestration internal analysis team of President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality. (Photo courtesy of SEAS)
Research group evaluating biosequestration potential on U-M lands
A pair of smokestacks exhaust gases into the air
Why removing CO2 from the air won’t be enough
U-M researchers and their colleagues walk past a stack of bigtooth aspen logs cut as part of the UMBS Adaptive Aspen Management Experiment at the U-M Biological Station, near the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Image credit: Roger Hart, University of Michigan Photography
U-M researchers testing ways to make aspen-dominated forests resilient to climate change
Wind turbines in a field
Tackling climate change in Michigan
Urban Energy Justice Lab founder Dr. Tony Reames
Energy access is not created equal. This Ann Arbor organization is trying to change that