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Michigan Adaptations

For many, resilience work begins at home. University of Michigan experts are taking a local lens to the climate crisis and other broad sustainability challenges, examining opportunities in infrastructure, community planning, mobility, and public policy across the State of Michigan. The Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, and other partnerships work to enable sustainable solutions for the U-M community, the state, and the Great Lakes region.

News and Impact

SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit
Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to help combat impacts of climate change
solar panels
New guide helps Michigan communities plan for solar energy
People standing in front of a solar array
Ford, SEAS students get up close and personal with renewable energy
Coaster display at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography
Cass coasters: Reclaiming glass and wood and purpose
Michigan state capitol
Municipal takeover in Michigan: A rational, apolitical response to financial distress, or something else?
Alley cleanup in the west McNichols area. Pictured (left to right): Amina Mikula, UM-Dearborn student, Robert Turner, resident, Anne Peeples, resident, Solomon Draus, UD-Jesuit student, Charles “Chuck” Rivers, resident and president of the Neighborhood Association, Peyton Lynch, UM-Dearborn student, and Jacques Jones, UM-Dearborn student. Image courtesy: Paul Draus
Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways
Downtown Detroit skyline; credit: Benjamin Morse
Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit
a University of Michigan flag
U-M commits to universitywide carbon neutrality
Enbridge's Line 5 crosses Lake Michigan near the Mackinac Bridge, descending to a depth of roughly 270 feet as it runs along the lakebed. Animation: Steve Alvey, University of Michigan, College of Engineering.
The future of Line 5: Engineering under Lake Michigan
diagram demonstrating the different analysis areas of the president's commission on carbon neutrality
U-M carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations
great lakes climate adaptation network
Gala Learning Case: Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network
The group identified potential buildings within each area that could be restructured to serve as a resilience hub while still serving their original purpose for the community.
Implementing resilience hubs in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Meg Czerwinski (center) helped organize sustainability workshops at a community hospital in Gabon.
A culture of sustainability
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
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
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
a utility worket examining a wastewater pipe
Leiser and Mills contribute to resources for new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule
Wind turbines in a field
Tackling climate change in Michigan