The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability’s (SEAS) overarching objective is to transform higher education and its impact through research, teaching, and engagement in society. It’s focused on solving the climate crisis and creating a world that is economically robust, environmentally sound, sustainable and just, from the scale of watersheds and communities in Michigan, to the entire planet.
SEAS acknowledges the university’s origins through an 1817 land transfer from the Anishinaabek, the Three Fires People: the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Bodewadami as well as Meskwahkiasahina (Fox), Peoria and Wyandot. We further acknowledge that our university stands, like almost all property in the United States, on lands obtained, generally in unconscionable ways, from Indigenous peoples. In addition, our research on environmental science and sustainability has benefited and continues to benefit from access to land originally gained through the exploitation of others. Knowing where we live and work does not change the past, but understanding and acknowledging the history, culture, and impacts of colonial practices is an important step towards the creation of an equitable and sustainable future.