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Environmental Policy

Advancing sustainability is not just a technical process. Enacting bold, proactive public policies is crucial, and University of Michigan researchers are leading efforts to enable societies to adopt renewable energy sources, protect public lands and endangered species, and empower local communities. Initiatives like the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, the Urban Collaboratory, and the Urban Energy Justice Lab work to highlight scalable and equitable approaches.

News and Impact

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COP26 final outcome: U-Michigan experts available to comment
Barry Rabe
Rabe on Biden's climate challenges
Members of the University of Michigan student delegation to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Image credit: Dave Brenner, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.
COP26 climate conference: U-M student team attending
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Global network takes stock of human adaptation to climate change
Wildfires, communities and climate change
Jennifer Haverkamp
Haverkamp reacts to UN climate change report and federal infrastructure bill
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New IPCC climate report: U-M experts available to comment
Barry Rabe
Rabe salutes rare bipartisan climate cooperation, though less optimistic about future deals
Shobita Parthasarathy
Equity considerations must be an integral part of energy research and development, Parthasarathy tells Congressional committee
Daniel Raimi
Raimi maps U.S. energy economy in new report
U-M assistant professor Tony Reames
Dr. Tony Reames brings a community approach to Energy Justice
Robert Hampshire
‘Transportation is a form of freedom’: How to make it more equitable
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U-M Energy Equity Project to develop first standardized tool for driving equity in clean energy industry
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U-M commits to universitywide carbon neutrality
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Crucial Conversations: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change
Kyle Whyte
Professor Kyle Whyte named to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
The commission is inviting U-M students, staff, faculty and community members to review proposed recommendations and submit feedback and ideas by Jan. 22, 2021, via an online public comment portal.
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendations
Catherine Hausman
Research into action: Hausman’s research key to new legislation
Catherine Hausman
Understanding Carbon Tax
Forest restoration opportunity areas in the tropics. (a) Forest restoration opportunity areas by estimated carbon removal, 2020 to 2050, under a scenario in which a moderate carbon tax is implemented to promote forest restoration. (b) Forest restoration opportunity areas by population density. (c) Forest restoration opportunity areas by country-level income categories. Image credit: Erbaugh et al. in Nature Ecology & Evolution 2020
Global forest restoration and the importance of empowering local communities
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Research teams explore campus culture, external partnerships
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Rabe explores taxing methane emissions
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Energy Poverty in the United States
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Why business shouldn’t fear the Green New Deal