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.
Meet the dean and the SEAS leadership team, who are committed to inspiring and supporting our efforts to address global sustainability challenges.
Meet Dean Jonathan Overpeck
Learn more about our Samuel A. Graham Dean and William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor of Environmental Education.
Our educational approach exemplifies the values and priorities of our world-class faculty. SEAS' internationally accomplished scholars and practitioners work on the full spectrum of environmental and sustainability issues. Their research is broad, deep, and interdisciplinary.
Administrative Departments and Staff
View all of the SEAS departments and the staff contacts in those areas.
Facilities and Locations
In addition to the Samuel Trask Dana Building on the central U-M campus, SEAS has several labs and indoor facilities, as well as field research sites across the state of Michigan.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment.