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List of Master's Projects

Master's Project Titlesort descending Client Organization Professional Career Development Benefits Project Location SEAS Faculty Advisor Project Status
"Vishwamitri " a River and its Reign (2017)

Opportunity to engage in natural systems related decision making in developing countries. Opportunity to educate and inform decision makers.

Vadodara, Gujarat, India Allen Burton Past Project
100% Renewable Energy Plan for Leelanau County, MI Northport Energy

We can guarantee that students will interface with senior professionals and local government officials that are part of Northport Energy. Northport Energy has forty members. They include wind and solar energy experts, energy economists, utility board members, local governmental officials, CPA’s, business executives, research engineers, lawyers, farmers, teachers, community political and environmental activists, writers, diplomats, policy specialists, project developers, university professors, scientists. The SEAS students will directly engage with electrical utility managers and engineering staff as part of system and rate analysis.  Many national and international conferences in the renewable energy field are available for professional paper presentation, including, but not limited to the American Solar Energy Society, the American Wind Energy Association, World Wind Energy Association, various electric utility association conferences, and environmental conferences. If needed, Northport Energy members can partner with students in the submission to conferences. 

Northport, MI, USA Greg Keoleian In Progress
A Comprehensive Plan for an Ecological Restoration-based Eco-toursim Program at Glacial Park (2012) McHenry County Conservation District
  • Opportunity to understand how a public conservation organization works
  • Opportunity to understand how ecological restoration is conducted in the Midwest
  • Opportunity to understand the history of ecological restoration in the Midwest
  • Opportunity to work with an innovative on-going ecological restoration education program
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with conservation professionals in the Chicago Area
  • Opportunity to present findings at professional conferences
Ringwood, IL Rachel Kaplan and Bob Grese Past Project
A Forest in the City: Exploring place-based education with the US Forest Service (2010) USDA Forest Service, Urban Connections Program

Experience in working with a public school, and  an interdisciplinary group, working with a non-profit, developing curriculum, evaluating policy, working on a place-based education program that could applied to other schools, possibly presenting at a national conference.

Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL Michaela Zint Past Project
Air Emission Characterization for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the United States Major Oil & Gas Servicing Company Houston, TX John DeCicco Past Project
An Analysis of Offshore Wind Development: A Non-market, Stated-Preference Approach to Measure Community Perceptions and Opinions and Estimate Willingness to Pay in Two Michigan Regions Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Ann Arbor, MI and two research locations Jared Kelly and Craig Landry Past Project
An Analysis of Waste Management and Zero Waste in Detroit, Michigan (2017) East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC)

Skills students can expect to develop are critical thinking skills regarding systems thinking at a citywide level. Students will develop skills assessing the power and roles of institutions interconnected amongst the incinerator and zero waste challenges/opportunities presented in Detroit waste management. Students will gain knowledge about municipal waste incineration and the associated social and health impacts. Students will gain policy skills through zero waste and incinerator policy research at a citywide level. Students have the potential to gain hands-on policy experience through engagement in the City’s Green Task Force subcommittee on zero waste. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience with the following technical skills: spatial analysis, life cycle analysis, and multi-criteria analysis. Students will build relationships with community leaders/members of the environmental justice movement in Detroit. There is a potential to present these findings at professional conferences, present to and engage with Detroit City Council and/or Detroit City Council Green Task Force and its zero waste subcommittee, present to environmental justice community in Detroit via EMEAC. 

Detroit, Michigan, USA Greg Keoleian and Tony Reames Past Project
An analysis to promote additional renewable energy resources in the European marketplace ECOHZ AS

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of renewable energy systems, how renewable energy companies function on an operational and economic basis, international renewable energy policy, carbon offset solutions, and renewable energy project finance. Additionally, students will have exposure to executives at ECOHZ and experience presenting to senior leaders. Interaction with international environmental consultants is expected.

Oslo, Norway Peter Adriaens In Progress
Analysis of the Priorities, Obstacles & Opportunities for Implementing State Wildlife Action Plans in the Northeast U.S. (2007) National Council for Science and the Environment Northeast U.S. Steven L. Yaffee Past Project
Area Based Development and Climate Change (2010) The World Bank (Social Development Department) University of Michigan and possibly Dominican Republic, Mexico, or Peru Arun Agrawal Past Project
Assessing the Freshwater Conservation Potential of Terrestrial Protected Areas (2010) The Nature Conservancy

By participating in this project, students will create knowledge of how management options affect conservation goals, and in so will contribute to a current gap in the understanding of the effects of protected areas contribution to freshwater conservation.  By reviewing the presence or absence of integrated basin management, the team will develop a method that could be represented elsewhere in the country, building a transferable skill set. 

Additionally, students will gain access to regional and organizational leadership at The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund, yielding professional exposure and experience.  In creating the deliverable products, students will garner significant and relevant experience in the field of conservation. 

Northern Michigan Dave Allan and Allen Burton Past Project
Assessing the prospects for renewable energy (RE)-enabling technologies IRENA
  • An understanding of technical, institutional, and economic aspects power systems in the context of renewable energy expansion
  • Opportunities to make contacts and network with IRENA as well as the possibility to work with policy makers and practitioners from particular member states
Bonn, Germany Jose Alfaro Past Project
Assessment of the India River Linking Plan: A Closer Look at the Ken-Betwa Pilot Link (2007) Center for Environmental Education Madhya Pradesh, India Mike Wiley and Bunyan Bryant Past Project
Aurora Organic Dairy Phase III: Corporate Sustainability Report (2011) Aurora Organic Dairy

The team will develop high level consulting skills such as working closely with the client to identify gaps and propose solutions on how to address such issues. The project will also develop LCA skills and gain in-depth knowledge of how a private company can uniquely use a CSR report to address sustainability goals and progress.

Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI Greg Keoleian Past Project
Behavior Change Campaign for Strategic Urban Composting Hudson River Park
  • Research design and implementation
  • Communication design
  • Project management
  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Expertise in organic waste management
  • Contacts in NYC non-profits and governmental groups
  • Opportunity to present work at a wide number of conferences
  • Potential for publishable research
New York, NY Michaela Zint Past Project
Bijagual River Watershed, Costa Rica: Improving Watershed Health and Engaging Local Communities in Monitoring and Outreach Bijagual Center for Environmental Education and Conservation

Students working on this project will gain professional and career development benefits by working with organizations, agencies, and members of the local community. Students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in organizations and governmental agencies from the Sarapiquí region as well as nationally in Costa Rica. They will gain knowledge about conservation, ranging from awareness of the issues and efforts within the community to the programs and organizations that exist at the various levels within the country.

Furthermore students will interact directly with members of the local community to integrate available resources and knowledge for developing sustainable, long-term programs to address forest health and water quality in the region.  They will gain the skills necessary for finding solutions by collaborating with various stakeholders in the Bijagual River watershed.

The project will produce data and information that are suitable to submit for publication and to present as talks or posters at professional meetings and conferences. The protocols and educational materials developed by the students will be shared with other organizations and communities interested in watershed conservation. Within the Bijagual River watershed, students also have the opportunity to present their results to different community forums and meetings—specifically, meetings with the Local Advisory Council for the San Juan - La Selva Biological Corridor and the Sarapiquí Environmental Education Commission as well as the annual environmental expo in November attended by up to three thousand citizens from the community.

List of potential collaborating organizations:

Comisión de Educación Ambiental de Sarapiquí; FONAFIFO; FUNDECOR; ASADA Chilamate; Organization for Tropical Studies; Selva Verde Lodge; Ministerio de Educación Pública; Proyecto Panthera; Consejo Local del Corredor Biológico San Juan-La Selva; Univesidad de Costa Rica; Ministerio de Agricultura; Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía; Ministerio de Saludo; CECOS; Proyecto Bandera Azul; Fondo del Primer Canje de Deuda por Naturaleza EE. UU. – C.R.

La Virgen de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica Ivette Perfecto and Catherine Riseng Past Project
Biodiversity Conservation and Collaborative Management in Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (2008) Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust Jamaica Ivette Perfecto and Kevin Hill Past Project
Biomass Residue Fueled Micro-Grid for a Rural Community in Puerto Rico Sustainability Without Borders (SWB)

Students will be able to engage in community development and understand how to work with agricultural communities.  The project will provide opportunities to practice Spanish and network with local NGO’s.  Systems analysis skills, including the modeling of micro-grids through HOMER will be key assets that can benefit a student’s resume.  Students will also be taking modules on human-centered design.     

Ann Arbor, MI, USA & Puerto Rico Jose Alfaro, Ivette Perfecto In Progress
Boyne Mountain Resort Environmental Sustainability Management Plan (2009) Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls, MI Chris Ellis Past Project
Bridging Sustainability: Growing Triple-Bottom-Line Businesses Through Learning, Change and Leadership Green Garage Detroit Detroit, MI Andrew Hoffman Past Project
Bringing Renewable Energy to Camp Michigania: An Assessment and Educational Plan for Implementing Renewable Energy Strategies Camp Michigania Boyne City, MI Greg Keiolian Past Project
Building a Carbon Dioxide Removal Supply Curve (2017) University of Michigan Energy Institute

This project will allow students to apply their knowledge, investigate an important under-researched area, and apply their communications skills through a final report and oral presentation to the Energy Institute and other faculty and students interested in CDR. The students will also have the opportunity to network at a series of events and research projects that the Energy Institute will launch in the coming 6-12 months in conjunction with the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative. The team will engage with internal and external experts and stakeholders on relevant topics, providing additional networking opportunities.

Ann Arbor, MI Rosina Bierbaum and Daniel Raimi Past Project
Building a Sustainable Community in Africa - Mpala Wildlife Conservancy (2011) Mpala Wildlife Foundation

Systems thinking, green building and rural/urban infrastructure, energy and water system design, social dynamics and acceptance of new technologies and processes, developing world experience, adoption of technology, economic and environmental analysis.

Nanyuki, KENYA Andy Hoffman Past Project
Building Agroecological Systems at D-Town Farm Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN)

Students will attain knowledge of urban agriculture in Detroit, it’s history and socioeconomic and sociopolitical orientations, as well as contacts of other urban farmers and urban agriculture organizations in the city. Students will also have the opportunity to present research findings at a general membership of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) as well as other organizational meetings with interested audiences. Networking opportunities with organizational funders such as philanthropists and governmental agencies may also be possible.

Detroit, MI, USA Ivette Perfecto In Progress
Building Green for the Future, Volume 2 : Hotel Development and Operations in North America (2007) Sustainable Conservation North America Andy Hoffman Past Project
Building the Business Case for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia (2015) Kellogg Company Battle Creek, MI Shelie Miller and Ming Xu Past Project
Business Models for Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets U-M William Davidson Institute (WDI)

Students would have the opportunity to gain field experience, learn about market-based solutions for poverty alleviation, develop a relationship with WDI and other stakeholders, and disseminate their work through WDI as cases, blog posts, etc. There may also be an opportunity for a team member to develop an internship opportunity that leverages the relationships developed as part of the project and contributes to its objectives.

Ann Arbor, MI, USA Joe Arvai In Progress
Campus Energy Management via the IP Network: A Feasibility Study for Achieving Energy Efficiency via EnergyWise (2011) Cisco Systems Ann Arbor, MI and San Jose, CA Jarod Kelly Past Project
Carbon Sources, Sinks and Offsets in Global Forest Investments (2016) Global Forest Partners LP Ann Arbor, Michigan; Various Coastal Locations, South Carolina; Various Locations, Uruguay Ming Xu Past Project
Charting the Course for Sustainability at Aurora Organic Dairy: Phase 1 Energy & Carbon Footprint Analysis (2009) Aurora Organic Dairy

This project will give the team members in depth experiences in carbon foot printing, energy usage and consumption modeling, as well as look extensively at current solutions that can be implemented to reduce environmental inpact.

Boulder, CO Greg Keoleian Past Project
Charting the Course for Sustainability at Aurora Organic Dairy: Phase 2 Water Use, Nutrient Use and Waste Generation (2010) Aurora Organic Dairy Boulder, Colorado; Ann Arbor, MI Greg Keoleian Past Project
Climate Change Adaptation in Great Lakes Cities U-M Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, Great Lakes Climate Change Cities Assessment- GLACC-C Project Great Lakes region Maria Carmen Lemos Past Project
Climate Change Adaptation in U.S. Cities (2011) USA Rosina Bierbaum, Arun Agrawal and Larissa Larsen Past Project
Climate Ready Great Lakes (2011) NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Great Lakes Regional Team

The knowledge developed by this project will be an in-depth understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes; issues of concern to coastal communities, how to answer community concerns through development of educational modules; an indepth understanding of NOAA and Sea Grant and the tools and information available to help coastal communities address and prepare for the local impacts from climate change.

The skills developed will include the ability to work with a diverse group of professionals including local, state and federal officials, researchers, urban planners and others.

The ability to take a wide array of information for use in training modules. The contacts students will gain will be with local, state and federal officials, agencies, and researchers from several universities within the Great Lakes and throughout the country.

Ann Arbor, MI, and additional locations throughout the Great Lakes basin Jim Diana Past Project
Climate Ready Great Lakes Cities (2015) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Regional Team Ann Arbor, MI (covering the entire Great Lakes Basin for project work) Dave Allan Past Project
Community Based Adaptive Learning and Action in Management of forestry Resources in Nepal (2017) Forest Action in Nepal
  • Opportunity to develop contacts with international and national nonprofit organizations 
  • Field work in Nepal
  • Opportunity to develop research and interview skills
  • Hands-on experience with greenhouse gas emissions modeling
  • Opportunity to present policy recommendations to an international audience.
  • Publication of findings in a peer-reviewed journal
Patan, Nepal Arun Agrawal Past Project
Community Based Forest Governance and Institutions in the context of REDD+ in Tanzania (2014) International Forestry Research Center

Participants will gain experience:

  • working with NGOs and other partners in a developing country
  • creating and conducting household level and government level surveys
  • applying potential carbon mitigation strategies using forests
  • analyzing both ecological and social data to understand forest and community interactions
  • working with community-based resource management through social institutions and governance
  • creating public presentations or writing peer-reviewed journal articles
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Arun Agrawal Past Project
Community Forestry and REDD+ in Nepal International Forest Resources and Institutions (IFRI) International - multiple locations Arun Agrawal and Peter Newton Past Project
Community-based Tools for U.S. Marine Protected Area Planning and Management (2014) NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center

Students will interact with professionals at federal, state, territorial and tribal MPA programs and develop a publication that will be used to inform a national program to build capacity of U.S. MPAs.   Funding permitting, the student may have the opportunity to present their findings to the MPA Federal Advisory Committee and engage this broad cross-section of the ocean community in refining and applying its results.  This project offers the potential for such work to be adapted into a federal publication (with acknowledgement of student work), a peer reviewed paper, an MPA management plan, or a conference presentation (specific opportunities TBD).  

U.S.-wide and British Columbia, Canada Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Conservation and Management Planning for Livingston Land Conservancy (2015) Livingston Land Conservancy Howell, MI Ines Ibanez Past Project
Corn Ethanol and Wildlife: How are policy- and market-driven increases in corn plantings affecting habitat and wildlife? (2009) National Wildlife Federation Prairie Pothole Region (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota) Johannes Foufopoulos, Michael Moore, and Steve Yaffee Past Project
Corporate Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (2006) Pew Center on Global Climate Change Arlington, VA Andy Hoffman Past Project
Corridor Performance: Measuring the Impacts and Benefits of Design on Urban Retail Corridors (2014) Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA)
  1. Analytical skills
  2. Development of relevant and valuable methodologies for performance measurement that will benefit the profession of landscape architecture
  3. Comprehensive approaches to sustainable development in areas of Environment, Community, Economics and Art
  4. Graphic depiction of quantitative information (DW will provide a workshop and design review to aid the students in capturing their research in a professional, graphically sophisticated report).
  5. Scientific method
  6. Development of project narrative
  7. Use of measurement tools, including infrared thermometer, speed gun, light meter, sound meter
  8. Final report - experience of compiling, summarizing, depicting research, writing
  9. Opportunity to submit to present at CELA
  10. Minimum (1) one visit to Ann Arbor by Kurt Culbertson to advise the student team
  11. Monthly Skype calls with the research team 
Detroit, MI Joan Nassauer Past Project
Creating a Collective Impact Network Organization for Increasing Perennial Restoration Agriculture in Michigan The Stewardship Network (TSN)

Students would develop a large range of skills, knowledge, and professional contacts given the nature of this complex collaborative project. Anticipated skills include but are not limited to: communication, analysis and research, Interpersonal abilities, decision making, creative problem solving, planning and prioritization. There will also be opportunities for students to utilize computer and/or public speaking skills if desired. Students will have the ability to further develop their knowledge base of collaborative methods and sustainable agriculture by working with leaders in these fields, local organizations and stakeholders, and potentially attending local, regional, and national agricultural conferences. The Stewardship Network is prepared to support students who wish to pursue professional publication of their research.

Ann Arbor, Michigan Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Creating a Plan to Convert Streetlights in Southeast Michigan to Energy Efficient LEDs by 2025 (2016) Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Southeast Michigan region - 25 communities Jeremiah Johnson Past Project
Creating Shared Value: Managing Water-Related Risk and Opportunity through Corporate Social Investment (2015) Global Water Challenge Washington, D.C. and/or Multiple African countries for project case studies. Rebecca Hardin and Terry Nelidov Past Project
Creating Sustainable Neighborhood Design for Legacy Cities: A New Framework for Sustainability Assessment (2012) Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP)

The  breadth and quality of this project will be make it possible for it to be appropriate for presentation at national and international scientific meetings or design and planning professional meetings, as well as at EPA-sponsored seminars and workshops.  Students will learn and practice fundamental skills for synthesizing and applying scientific knowledge with practice in design and planning practice, as well as with local knowledge and values. They will work with the client organization's well-established network of grassroots community organizations and block groups on the Lower Eastside of Detroit.

Detroit, MI Joan Nassauer Past Project
Crucial Creeks Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Petoskey, MI Dave Allan and Allen Burton Past Project
Defining Characteristics of a Sustainable Coffee Supply Chain Califia Farms

Students involved with this project will gain content expertise in the areas of agricultural supply chains, sourcing, compliance and quality management, social and environmental metrics, and sustainable consumer products. They will also be exposed to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution components of a successful consumer brand, and will potentially have networking opportunities within consumer packaged goods and food retail industries.

Los Angeles, CA, USA Ravi Anupindi In Progress
Defining Next Generation Supply Chain Sustainability (2015) Schneider Electric, Energy & Sustainability Various locations Ming Xu Past Project
Demand Analysis and Optimization of Renewable Energy: Sustainable Rural Electrification of Mbanayili, Ghana (2007) Ghana Gregory A. Keoleian and Michael Moore Past Project
Designing an Evaluation System for the Walking Mountains Science Center Community Programs (2016) Walking Mountains Science Center Avon, Colorado Michaela Zint Past Project
Detroit 2030 District Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program Detroit 2030 District Detroit, MI, USA Tierra Bills In Progress
Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) -- Green House Gas Inventory for Municipal government (2014) Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
  • Improve networking skills and expand career network by interacting with key city department leaders and other key stakeholders
  • Increase knowledge of environmental justice
  • Enhance research and analytical skills
  • Make presentations to key stakeholder groups to discuss key findings
  • Data collected from GHG Inventory will be included in the Climate Action Report, with mention of student's names, which will be presented to city government leadership and other elected leaders (County and State)
Ann Arbor, MI and Detroit, MI Greg Keoleian and Rosina Bierbaum Past Project
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge New Area Master Plan and Public Access Study Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Students will gain experience evaluating a land area and balancing land management and ecosystem needs with public access needs. They will build skills in design, map, and plan development, as well as stakeholder engagement/social science research. Students will understand the specific management structure and needs, challenges, and opportunities of an Urban Wildlife Conservation Program.

Berlin Charter Township, Monroe County, Michigan Bob Grese Past Project
Developing a Land Management Plan for the Kalamazoo Nature Center (2016) Kalamazoo Nature Center Kalamazoo, Michigan Bob Grese and Ines Ibanez Past Project
Developing Policy on Environmental Quality, Schools, and Health (2012) Kresge Foundation

Students will:

  • Experience in developing policy that could be applied by the Federal, State, and Local governments
  • Become familiarized with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis
  • Build relationships with national and state Environmental Justice NGOs, governmental actors, educators and educational agencies.
  • Expand their ability to research legislation and discern politically successful legislative actions
  • Create practical and applicable solutions for environmental injustices
  • Be able to develop environmentally safe school siting assessments
  • Participate in a community based and real world project
  • Present findings to both academic, non-profit and governmental audiences
Michigan Paul Mohai and Byung-Suk Kweon Past Project
Double Energy Productivity at the University of Michigan by 2030 (2016) Johnson Controls, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Greg Keoleian Past Project
Dynamic Pricing Tariffs for DTE's Residential Electricity Customers (2010) DTE Energy USA Greg Keoleian Past Project
Eco-Retreat Center Design in Jungle Farm, Liberia (2015) Sustainability Without Borders Jungle Farm, Liberia, West Africa Stanton Jones Past Project
Ecological Assessment, Mapping, and Prioritization of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks (2011) Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Project team members can expect to gain skills in identifying, delineating, and assessing ecological communities, and will learn to synthesize a wide variety of ecological data into a cohesive model. Students will develop strong GIS skills, particularly in creating spatial models that will inform management decisions.

Finally, students can expect to work with a variety of Metroparks staff including ecologists, environmental educators, park planners, and engineers. Upon completion, the project team will have the opportunity to present their findings to park planners and other decision makers.

Brighton, MI; Greater Detroit Metropolitan Area Dan Brown Past Project
Education and Community at the UM Campus Farm (2014) UM Sustainable Food Program

Students will gain experience in curriculum development, educational writing, and design. They will need to be in close contact with university faculty and community members, as well as speaking with environmental educators as part of their research: all useful contacts. Stakeholder engagement will be key to the success of this project, and is a valuable skill moving into the job market. In addition, working closely with the farm staff and the UMSFP, students will gain knowledge on sustainable food and agriculture, and the inner workings of a small sustainable farm, and how a university program operates. Potentially, students could explore grant-writing opportunities as well.

Ann Arbor, MI Ray De Young Past Project
Effective ESG integration: An investor road map to promote ESG considerations in Mexico’s capital market Grupo Financiero Banorte (Banorte Financial Group)
  • Understand the material issues of leading industries in emerging markets.
  • Develop a network and interact with institutional investors, regulators, and other parties (environmental regulating agencies).
  • Gain management consulting expertise.
  • Develop ability to work and lead in cross-cultural scenarios.
  • Improve communicational skill in a second language (Spanish).
  • Improve communicational skill through interaction with top executives (e.g Conduct ideation and scenario analysis workshops, etc)
  • Develop and gain expertise understanding and analyzing the interaction and dependencies between sustainability and the capital markets.
Mexico D.F (Mexico) In Progress
Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan (2016) Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (TOMWC) Headquarters will be Petoskey, MI Allen Burton Past Project
Enhancing knowledge sharing and collaboration among farms in healthcare The Farm at St. Joe's Ypsilanti, MI, USA Raymond De Young In Progress
Enhancing Resiliency in Baltimore's Urban Forest (2015) City of Baltimore, Office of Sustainability Baltimore, MD Dan Brown Past Project
Enhancing Sustainability at Lower Huron Metropark (2012) Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Students can expect to work with a variety of Metroparks staff including ecologists, environmental educators, park planners, and engineers. Upon completion, the project team will have the opportunity to present their findings to park planners and other decision makers.

Brighton, MI Stan Jones and Josh Newell Past Project
Environmental and Economic Life Cycle Assessment of Alternative Source Water at Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (2017) Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Students will acquire hands on experience evaluating the economic and environmental outcomes associated with the acquisition, treatment, and conveyance of water, an increasingly scarce, yet essential resource in sustainable development, agriculture, industry, recreation, and residential sectors. This work will provide the members with an in depth understanding of water use and specifications for brewing processes. The deliverables from this project will be of interest to many breweries in the state of Michigan and potentially beyond. The team can anticipate opportunities to present at regional, if not national conferences hosted by brewer’s guilds, the Master Brewers Association of Americas, and the Brewers Association, in addition to other events organized by stakeholders with an interest in sustainable water management.

Galesburg, MI, 49053 Shelie Miller and Joe Arvai Past Project
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of Alley Maintenance in the City of Detroit The Villages Community Development Corporation (TVCDC)

TVCDC interacts on an ongoing basis with numerous city, private, and institutional organizations that will offer researchers significant professional career development benefits.The primary points of contact on this project are:

  • Mac Farr, Executive Director of The Villages CDC
  • Alessandra Carreon, PE, LEED AP, The Villages CDC board member (Product Environmental Engineer at Ford in Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters, Co-Owner of PizzaPlex L3C in Detroit, board member of EcoWorks and the West Village Neighborhood Association)
Detroit, MI, USA Mark Lindquist In Progress
Environmental Flows for the Huron River System (2014) Huron River Watershed Council

Students will be exposed to key players in regional, state and national fresh water resource protection through this project. Potential partners include The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Chapter and the Global Freshwater Program; the Michigan Sea Grant; NOAA/GLERL; the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; USGS; environmental engineering and planning consultants; the Michigan Stream Team; and many local and county units of government and public entities.

Students will strengthen their presentation skills by creating a well-developed presentation to State-level staff and policymakers with recommendations for policy changes. Additional venues will be identified with the students and their advisor for public speaking to various types of audiences. They will gain experience in identifying funding opportunities and developing grant proposals.

Students will contribute to a significant piece of watershed management through this project in at least one way. The students will collect information that will help form the basis for determining flow-based Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in Michigan. To date, the MDEQ has not developed TMDLs that explicitly identify altered flows as the impairment to river ecology as several other states and regions of the US EPA have done already.

Southeast Michigan Allen Burton
Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities, and Trade: Mapping Environmental Justice Project (2014) European Commission: Community Research and Development Information Service

Key professional and career benefits include networking opportunities with domestic and international environmental professionals and participation in a groundbreaking global environmental justice and policy project. Students will also have the chance to work with the European Union, a leading actor in global environmental politics. They will apply learned analytics skills in GIS and statistical analysis to a modern real world example. Finally, they will gain experience taking on a large scale project requiring coordination with a wide range of stake holders.

Ann Arbor, MI Rebecca Hardin Past Project
Environmental Trade-offs in Commodity Production (2014) The World Wildlife Fund, Transforming Markets Initiative

Students will have the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of corporate & non-profit partnerships - a model that is increasingly prevalent. This project will give students an idea of how such partnerships can work to reduce the environmental impact of business operations. This work will develop key skills for students, including:

  • primary source research skills including interviewing and analyzing original documents 
  • familiarity with commodities market structures
  • experience in life cycle analysis
  • non-profit strategy

There will be opportunities to network with:

  • many members of the WWF in varying departments and capacities
  • experts in commodities markets and agriculture
  • (potentially) WWF partner corporations
Washington, D.C./ Ann Arbor, MI Ming Zu Past Project
Establish a long term ecological/biological monitoring program of a Little Traverse Conservancy Working Forest Reserve Little Traverse Conservancy

This type of research could generate enough data and productive interpretations to submit a (or two) short research article(s) to a journal (i.e. specific methodologies that were replicated, describing the academic/applied interface, etc.). The students’ research could be presented at the annual Stewardship Network conference or other professional conference. There would be an opportunity to present at LTC’s annual EcoStewards Volunteer Kick-off event, and may be other opportunities to present to the LTC board or general members. The students would hopefully get to spend considerable time learning from and working alongside our consulting foresters and/or wildlife biologist (retired MI DNR biologist).

Ines Ibáñez Past Project
Establishing the Center for Environmental Stewardship: Developing a Programmatic Master Plan to Facilitate Research, Collaboration, Education, and Activism Kalamazoo College

This project includes numerous professional career development benefits. Students will gain experience in incorporating various, wide-ranging goals into cohesive programming. Students will need to utilize existing wisdom and research, as well as explore creative solutions to create their master plan. They will gain experience in one or more research methodologies, and have the opportunity to present findings and recommendations to leadership at Kalamazoo College. These recommendations will be incorporated into the establishment of the Center for Environmental Stewardship, through which they will affect numerous Kalamazoo College students and faculty members, as well as Kalamazoo community members.

Kalamazoo, Michigan Paige Fischer In Progress
Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Cattle Ranches in the Brazilian Amazon (2016) Imaflora and the Rainforest Alliance Mato Grosso and Amazonas, Brazil Arun Agrawal and Shelie Miller Past Project
Evaluating human and environmental well-being in Alaskan watersheds through ecosystem services modeling and monitoring Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • This project will place the student team into the center of a real-world regional planning and management situation.
  • Students will gain knowledge of biophysical processes and evaluation methods for blue carbon, groundwater resources and salmon support systems.
  • Students will develop skills and familiarity with decision-making processes, conceptual frameworks, and stakeholder engagement, for future work in research, management, restoration, consulting, and education.
  • KBNERR has a very active research programs, and students will have the opportunity to engage with researchers and graduate students from several different institutions, as well as KBNERR staff.  This will provide valuable networking and learning opportunities. 
Homer, AK, USA Julia Wondolleck In Progress
Evaluating Renewable Energy Options for BHP Billiton's Global Assets (2008) BHP Billiton Mozambique; northern Chile Greg Keoleian Past Project
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Native Species Reforestation for Carbon Sequestration, Biodiversity Conservation, and Sustainable Agroforestry in Nicaragua’s Tropical Dry Forest Ecosystem (2017) Paso Pacifico

Working on these projects would provide students with experience working on the ground in a developing nation, working in an NGO environment, and conducting community outreach. All applicants would need to speak basic conversational Spanish. Specific skills developed would depend on the subprojects selected, but cover a variety of topics related to conservation science. Together with existing data on carbon sequestration and biodiversity, the results would be suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.

Field work will be conducted in the Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor, Department of Rivas, Nicaragua; lab work and data analysis will be conducted at UM’s SNRE. Ivette Perfecto Past Project
Evaluation of Different Approaches for Controlling Phosphorus Pollution in the Maumee River Watershed (2015) Great Lakes Commission Ann Arbor, Michigan Don Scavia and Michael Moore Past Project
Evaluation of Impact of Rural Environmental Rehabilitation projects in Northern Shewa, Ethiopia ADHENO Integrated Rural Development Association

This project will have significant career development benefits including:

  • Developing knowledge base of a very important ecological area - the Ethiopian highlands are part of the Eastern Afromontane which has been designated as a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International.
  • Develop practical real-world skills in effective conservation methodologies via first-hand view of environmental rehabilitation practices including afforestation, land enclosures, and soil and water protection mechanisms.
  • Learn how an integrated approach to environmental rehabilitation is  more effective by integrating micro-enterprises, schools, and clean water so as to address the multi-faceted needs of the community
  • Gaining new perspective on the impact of climate change and environmental degradation as well as the effectiveness of projects aimed at addressing them by interacting with local farmers and villagers who are living with the problems on a daily basis
  • Enhance cross-cultural project management skills
  • Develop new relationships and partnerships with staff of a highly-effective local non-profit (ADHENO) as well as a local university (Debre Birhan University).  These new contacts can lead to new projects in the future as well as the exchange of ideas.
  • Opportunity for creativity in designing a plan on how to connect this localized environmental project to the Global Climate Change Initiative.
  • Conferences and Publications: this project will yield meaningful, practical, real-world data and methodologies that will have relevance to other similar rural communities and as such, will be very interesting material to present at conferenced and publish 
Northern Shewa Zone, Ethiopia Dan Brown Past Project
Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits Associated with Operation or Removal of the Tower-Kleber Hydroelectric Dam on the Upper Black River in Cheboygan County, Michigan (2017) Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Team Size: 3 or 4 students

Onaway, Cheboygan County, Michigan Steve Yaffee Past Project
Examining and Evaluating Collaborative Methods and Strategies within the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) (2014) National Forest Foundation
  • Exposure to, and networking opportunities with, a wide variety of partner organizations.
  • Analyzing and developing expertise in a cutting-edge land-management initiative with both private and public agency components.
  • Presenting findings at nationwide meeting of CFLRPs.
  • Gaining practical skills regarding collaborative natural resource management.
  • Greater understanding of the factors that promote collaborative management.
National (13 sites) Steve Yaffee Past Project
Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations (2014) MELDI
  • Research Methods - sampling, survey design and administration, interviewing, focus groups
  • Spatial analysis - data collection for GIS analysis, analytic techniques
  • Data analysis - qualitative and quantitative analytic techniques
  • Writing - producing publishable materials for scholarly outlets and lay audiences.  Findings from this project will be published on the Web as well as in scholarly journals, and the news media.
  • Curriculum design and development
  • Policy formulation
  • Lobbying
  • Students will make contacts with:  farmers, farmers' markets, food store owners/managers, food justice advocates, health professionals, state and county health departments, state and county agriculture departments, other relevant social justice advocates and policy makers
  • Findings of the project can be presented at local, regional and national meetings such as the Agriculture and Human Values Conference and the American Sociological Association.
Michigan. This project can include other states depending on student interest. Dorceta E. Taylor Past Project
Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing Food Security in Underserved Populations - Phase 2 (2015) MELDI Michigan. This project can include other states depending on student interest. Dorceta E. Taylor Past Project
Expanding Food Bank Impact: Healthy Food Access and Sustainable Farm Production (2015) Greater Lansing Food Bank Lansing, Michigan Ivette Perfecto and Leslie Hoey Past Project
Exploring Possibilities for Reforestation in Southwestern Nicaragua: The Social and Ecological Dimension of Living Fence Rows (2016) Paso Paci­fico Paso del Istmo Biological Corridor, Rivas Department, Nicaragua Ivette Perfecto Past Project
Facilities Energy Management Audit and Recommendations at Yellowstone National Park (2012) Yellowstone National Park

If students have a desire to become experienced in facilities management, green buildings, energy database development and carbon footprint consulting, this project will provide an exceptional platform from which to build their career.  The skills and experience learned here will be of direct benefit to companies and consulting firms that seek to undertake similar tasks. And the project will be completed in the most highly visible, signature Park in the world.

Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) Andy Hoffman Past Project
Financed Emissions and Socio-economic Sustainability Metrics in the Financial Services Industry (2015) Comerica Bank Ann Arbor, MI (possible visits to Auburn Hills and Detroit Comerica facilities). My office is a short walk from Campus (Main & Huron), so I will be highly accessible and available for students. Andy Hoffman Past Project
Financing Strategies for Municipal Energy Efficiency (2011) Clean Energy Coalition Ann Arbor, MI, USA Scott Noesen Past Project
Fish Consumption and Environmental Justice on the Detroit River AOC (2008) Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) Detroit, MI Bunyan Bryant and Elaine Hockman Past Project
Forecasting Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms (2017) Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)

All students will become familiar with the scientific method, writing a research proposal, giving a scientific presentation, and scientific writing. In addition, depending on their specific roles in the project, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with,

  1. Limnological field methods and instrumentation
  2. Laboratory methods for the study of phytoplankton, including culture methods, microscopy, microscopic videography, and image analysis software.
  3. Free open-source statistical software (R) and programming language that can implement nearly any statistical method and produce publication-quality scientific graphics.
  4. Simulation models including Ecopath/Ecosim and a Lagrangian particle tracking model coupled to output from the FVCOM coastal ocean model (Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System).
  5. Social science methodology including developing and conducting interviews, surveys and focus groups with stakeholders and analysis of human subjects data.

Students will increase their professional network by developing relationships at CILER and NOAA GLERL and broaden their understanding of Great Lakes governance, research, policy making and community decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to develop and host stakeholder needs assessment workshops and develop and distribute surveys. Students will present results of their project to researchers, staff, and administrators at NOAA GLERL.

Ann Arbor, MI Bradley Cardinale and Mark Rowe Past Project
Fostering Implementation of a Regional Water Conservation Plan for the Roaring Fork Watershed (2014) Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC)

Project participants would: (i) gain experience in the practical application of water resources policy and management coursework, (ii) improve their knowledge of Western water law, Western land use, and Western water resources and land management, as well as critical water issues facing the arid West (as well as other parts of the world), and (iii) gain experience with effective environmental education and the application of strategic communication tools. Participants would have opportunities to make contacts with individuals at a variety of federal, state, regional and local entities engaged in water resources issues affecting Colorado. There are many ongoing professional conferences held in Colorado, and elsewhere, on Western water issues and water conservation; there may be opportunities for students to present their work at some of these conferences.  In the past, students have (i) travelled to the Roaring Fork Valley and presented their research locally at a televised meeting of the Roaring Fork Collaborative - which draws representatives from around the State and (ii) presented at the 2011 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference - "Collaborative Watershed Partnership Assessment: Lessons and Themes from Survey of Twenty Ecosystem Management Partnerships."

Basalt, CO Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Fostering Implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan (2010) Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC)

Project participants would:

  1. gain experience in the practical application of water resources policy and management coursework;
  2. improve their knowledge of Western water law, Western land use, and Western water resources and land management, as well as critical water issues facing the arid West (as well as other parts of the world); and
  3. gain experience with effective environmental education and the application of effective communication tools.

Participants would have opportunities to make contacts with individuals at a variety of federal, state, regional and local entities engaged in water resources issues. There are many ongoing professional conferences held in Colorado, and elsewhere, on Western water issues; there may be opportunities for students to present their work at some of these conferences.

In addition, this project may be of particular interest to SNRE students who are interested in western land conservation issues through the Wyss Scholars program.

Basalt, CO Julia Wondolleck Past Project
From Home Energy Audit to Retrofit and Beyond (2013) DTE Energy Southeast Michigan Greg Keoleian and Robb DeKleine Past Project
Future Management Strategies for El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico (2008) El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Tom Princen Past Project
Getting it Right: Policy Recommendations on Distributed Energy Resources for the Evolving Electric Power Sector (2014) Institute for Electric Innovation (IEE), DTE Energy

IEE and DTE Energy are committed to providing a professional level experience to students interested in a career in energy and environmental fields.  Career development benefits include:  

  • Arrange presentation and networking opportunities at professional conferences.
  • Connect project team with representatives from the electric utilities and stakeholder bodies that form IEE's Strategy and Advisory Committees.  
  • Distribute project findings to key media contacts.
  • Brief the 22 electric industry Chief Executive Officers that comprise IEE's Management Committee on the key project findings.

Key skills and experiences to be gained include:

  • Learn how utilities develop and administer residential customer renewable energy policies and programs.
  • Understand how electricity rates are determined.
  • Explore how information technologies are being used to support the development of distributed energy sources.

Visit the following link to learn about IEE's Mission, Governance, and Committees:  http://www.edisonfoundation.net/iee/about/Pages/Index.aspx.

Managed from Washington, DC in coordination with DTE's Ann Arbor, MI office. Tom Lyon Past Project
Great Lakes Blue Communities FLOW (For Love of Water)

This project combines active research and data collection with public policy education and advocacy. Students will interact with diverse constituencies including academics, public officials, government regulators, and tribal and community leaders (see above for specific groups). The project may advance best-practices, evolving science, and important public policy goals and public trust principles and provide students with practical, hands-on opportunities to improve the stewardship and oversight of the Great Lakes.

Traverse City, MI, USA Paul Seelbach In Progress
Green Bay Packers - Titletown Development Sustainability Recommendations (2017) Green Bay Packers

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the built environment required for supporting a professional sports team. Additionally, students in this group will gain experience in energy audits and will learn how to make business recommendations which justify sustainable solutions to upper management.

Green Bay, WI Joe Arvai and Mark Lindquist Past Project
Green Brewery Project (2011) Arbor Brewing Company

At the completion of this project, students will know how to: evaluate a business for its current energy uses, identify possible energy improvements, research and evaluate each of these capital improvements for total life cycle costs, and prioritize these in a cost-benefit analysis for that business.

The students will also understand the political and community issues that need to be addressed in any business improvement, and how to engage both the community and the customers to ensure they agree, support, and help with achieving the energy savings plan.

Ultimately the process of developing this integrated energy systems and business plan may be used to achieve similar goals with other energy intensive businesses both within and beyond the craft brewing sector.

Ypsilanti, MI Scott Noesen Past Project
Greener Golf: An Ecological, Behavioral, and Communal Study of the University of Michigan Golf Courses (2015) University of Michigan Athletics, University of Michigan Golf Course (The Blue Course), Radrick Farms Golf Course Ann Arbor, MI Drew Horning Past Project
Greening Brownfield Properties (2010) ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc Various locations Michael Moore Past Project
Growing Our Place: Beecher High School Outdoor Classroom Project UM-Flint Office of University Outreach Flint, MI Michaela Zint Past Project
Hannahville Indian Community Forestland Acquisition and Forest-based Business Planning Initiative (2012) Hannahville Indian Community

Direct experience working with tribes; land and resource planning; complex problem solving; interdisciplinary project linking ecology, economics and geospatial analysis; publication potential in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals.

Hannahville Indian Community, Wilson, Michigan (near Escanaba in the central Upper Peninsula) Nick Reo and Bob Grese Past Project
Herbivory, climate change and the future landscape of Isle Royale National Park: developing an herbivory monitoring program to adaptively manage the park’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems National Park Service - Isle Royale National Park

Participation in a project of this scope will prepare students for natural resource management careers that involve complex issues, multiple goals, limited resources and planning in the context of global climate change. Opportunities exist to present at professional meetings (e.g. ESA, George Wright Society), work with the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network (http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/glkn/monitor) and partner with several organizations.

Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw County, MI Ines Ibáñez Past Project
Holy Cross Abbey: Reinhabiting Place (2010) Holy Cross Abbey

An ability to develop a holistic plan for integrating green into an organization in all its facets.  This experience will be of value to any organization that may be considering such an endeavor.

Berryville, Virginia Andrew Hoffman Past Project
Hybrid Organization Innovations Toward Sustainability (2008) William Davidson Institute Ann Arbor, MI, USA Andy Hoffman Past Project
Implementation and Evaluation of Water Filter Distribution in Rural Uganda SPOUTS of Water

This project will provide students with cross-cultural experience working in a developing country context with a team of Ugandan SPOUTS staff. Students will gain skills in survey design and community engagement, as they work on the earlier deliverables for their project. The students will also gain experience in project management as they work with SWB leadership to engage other students to continue the partnership. Lastly, as the impact evaluation continues over the broader SWB-SPOUTS partnership, students from this Master’s project team will work with future team members to publish a case study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Kampala, Uganda Jose Alfaro In Progress
Improving Climate Resilience in the Seychelles: Evaluating the Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges on Seychelles’ ‘Critical Infrastructure’ United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Participation in a project of this scope will prepare students for a range of climate-related careers, from climate research to environmental policy and governance, which involve complex issues, multiple goals, limited resources and planning in the context of global climate change. Students will work under the direct supervision of a member of the UNFCCC Secretariat. In addition, students may expect engagement with a variety of stakeholders and will partner with one or several secondary client organization (see possible list on p1) working directly on climate change issues in the Seychelles.

Students may expect to build on a range of skills from quantitative and qualitative, research and report writing, communication and awareness raising, to policy and planning. Team members will complete this project with a thorough and in-depth understanding of climate change issues and the barriers to climate change adaptation. In addition, there may be a possibility of students attending and presenting their findings at the international climate conference held in Bonn, Germany, in May (Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and/or at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) held in November. This would provide the students with professional networking opportunities and the chance to experience first-hand how climate research is used and presented to inform policy. If the project proves successful, there may be further opportunities for students to present the outcomes of their work at additional meetings and conferences under the NWP.

Mahé, Seychelles Avik Basu In Progress
Improving Energy Sustainability for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) Reservation (2015) Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) LTBB Reservation, Emmet and Charlevoix counties, Harbor Springs, Michigan Shelie Miller Past Project
Improving Institutional Access to Clean Energy Incentives through Research and Education (2016) Ecology Center Washtenaw and Oakland County, Michigan Paul Mohai and Tony Reames Past Project
Innovations for LEAP GI: Green Infrastructure Analysis, Design, and Application in Detroit's Lower East Side Lower East Side Action Plan (LEAP) Detroit, MI Joan Nassauer, Josh Newell and Ming Xu Past Project
Inspiration Ridge Preserve Base-line Ecological Inventory and Environmental Education Enhancement Plan (2017) Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Planning and development of nature preserves and nature centers provides for a very large range of career benefits. This project can be approached from many angles, and will benefit from an integrated approach that reflects the ideal methodology for private and academic consultation. Particular knowledge includes (but is definitely not limited to) community and population ecology, aquatic biology, interpretive design, project management, resource management, facility management, sustainable development, etc… The skills and experience learned here will be of direct benefit to academic departments, companies and consulting firms that seek to undertake similar tasks.  Additional career opportunities include the opportunity to work with experts in multiple fields.

Homer, Alaska Bill Currie Past Project
Inspiration Ridge Preserve Baseline Ecological Inventory-Enhancement and Continuation of 2016 Project Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Planning and development of nature preserves and nature centers provides for a very large range of career benefits. This project can be approached from many angles, and will benefit from an integrated approach that reflects the ideal methodology for private and academic consultation. Particular knowledge includes (but is definitely not limited to) community and population ecology, aquatic biology, interpretive design, project management, resource management, facility management, sustainable development, etc… The skills and experience learned here will be of direct benefit to academic departments, companies and consulting firms that seek to undertake similar tasks. Additional career opportunities include the opportunity to work with experts in multiple fields.

Homer, AK, USA Ines Ibañez In Progress
Institutionalizing Sustainable Food: Creation and Implementation of the UM Sustainable Food Program and Campus Farm University of Michigan Botanical Garden Ann Arbor, MI Bob Grese Past Project
Integrating Renewables in a Micro-Grid in Congo Kivu Green Energy
  • An understanding of technical, institutional, and economic aspects of a mini-grid power systems and transformations to renewables
  • Understanding of the operations of social ventures in least developed countries
  • Opportunities to make contacts and network NGOs and renewable energy companies working in the space
  • Development of business knowledge transferable to other NGO’s and/or social ventures
Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo Jose Alfaro Past Project
Integrating Social Science into Urban Sustainability Metrics (2017) City of Ann Arbor

The students will be considered subject area experts in the State of Michigan for sustainability and local governments. The students will have developed a network of sustainability practitioners, local elected officials,  affiliated state agencies (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Agency on Energy), Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Association of Counties, and national philanthropic funders (Summit Foundation, Kresge Foundation). The students will be expected to present at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Green Communities Network (maybe USDN annual meeting or a monthly USDN webinar??)

Ann Arbor, MI Maria Carmen Lemos Past Project
Interdisciplinary Assessment of Utility Scale Solar Opportunities in the United States (2015) Sun Edison USA Jeremiah Johnson Past Project
InterNational Bank Corporate Responsibility Strategy Grupo Financiero Banorte
  • Professional Career Development Benefits
  • Gain management consulting expertise
  • Develop ability to work and lead in cross-cultural scenarios
  • Improve communicational skill through interaction with top executives (e.g Conduct ideation and scenario analysis workshops, etc)
  • Develop and gain expertise analyzing social/environmental return of sustainability initiatives and promoting the initiatives to generate employee engagement
  • Cross-border organizational change management

 

McAllen, TX Scott Noesen Past Project
Investigating Opportunities to Strengthen the Local Food System in Southeast Michigan (2006) Food System Economic Partnership Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, Wayne and Jackson counties (Southeastern Michigan) Ivette Perfecto Past Project
Jocko Valley Trails (2011) Jocko Valley Trails Committee

Team members interested in conservation related careers in the West will gain experience planning environmentally sensitive projects for the benefit of underserved communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in using landscape design to promote environmental education. There is also the prospect for conducting original research on the use of conservation easements to allow public access on private land. And, It is a chance to learn about conservation related careers that are available through tribal governments.

Arlee, MT Bob Grese Past Project
Kalamazoo River Watershed Land Conservation Plan (2014) Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy is the 3rd largest regional land trust in the State of Michigan. Students will have the opportunity to learn about land conservation and gain experience with a land trust. They will also have the opportunity to work with the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council. There will be many opportunities to make professional connections through both of these organizations. The students will be expected to present to the Board of Directors of both organizations.  The products that the students produce will be useful in providing to potential employers as examples of professional work.  This project will also give you the opportunity to refine and enhance technical skills, especially with GIS software and data.

Kalamazoo, MI David Allan Past Project
Kruzof and Baranof Islands Integrated Natural Resource Management Assessment (2015) Sitka Conservation Society Katlian Bay; Sitka, Alaska 99835 Jeff Schaeffer and Bob Grese Past Project
Landscape Ecological Strategies for Pollinator Habitat at Denver International Airport SASAKI
  • This study will present a real world challenge to the participating SNRE graduate students, and provide an opportunity to work closely with an interdisciplinary team of environmental planners, design practitioners and various sub consultancies.
  • The study results will potentially be presented at conference such as ASLA (American Association of Landscape Architecture), APA (American Planning Association), NAPCC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign) International Conference, as well as considered for award and publication submissions.
  • The project will provide experience and exposure to professional networking with project client, local communities and professionals from various disciplines.  
Denver, CO Joan Nassauer Past Project
Leveraging environmental restoration to advance economic and social revitalization in Michigan’s coastal communities: sustaining community leadership and restoration gains Michigan Office of the Great Lakes (MOGL)
  • Exposure to multiple dimensions of environmental restoration, waterfront development, community revitalization, and conservation planning.
  • Interaction with leaders in a variety of professions drawing from a diverse array of educational backgrounds and areas of expertise.
  • Integration of multiple sources of information from diverse dimensions to focus on a complex socio-economic, political and environmental challenge.
  • Introduction to the application of multiple disciplines in real-world professions in contemporary contexts.
  • Networking with federal, state and regional agencies as well as leaders in the AOC communities.
  • Opportunities to present both in local forums and professional conferences.
Lansing, MI, USA Paul Seelbach In Progress
Life-Cycle Modeling and Environmental Impact Assessment of Commercial Scale Biogas Production (2012) Swedish Biogas International LLC

This project will give team members valuable experience in the following:

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Technical Analysis of Biomass-to-energy systems
  • Collaboration with real-world industry clients
  • Project Management
  • Working in Multidisciplinary teams: Engineering, Business, Science
  • Hands-on exposure to biogas facility operations
Ann Arbor, MI and Flint, MI Shelie Miller Past Project
Linking Land Use to Inland Lake Ecosystem Service Values The Natural Capital Project Ann Arbor, MI Michael Moore and Allen Burton Past Project
Localizing the Mackinac Island Foodshed Mackinac Food Forest

Project participants will be exposed to numerous professional development opportunities through collaborative research and formal training sessions with specialists from our partner organizations including Crossroads
Research Center, Stewards of the Land Farmer Cooperative, Midwest Permaculture, and Local Food Shift. In addition, there will be opportunities to work with partner governmental institutions including the City of
Mackinac Island, the State of Michigan DNR & MDARD, Mackinac State Historic Parks, USDA FNS & NIFA, and Hiawatha National Forest. These relationships will enable distinguishing expansion of professional
networks.

These partnerships will also provide potential to greatly increase expertise in myriad areas relevant to careers in sustainability and the environment: sustainable systems concepts such as systems thinking, design frameworks,
and appropriate technology; justice issues such as food security and equal access; engagement techniques including creative outreach and event promotion; policy topics including governance, strategy, analysis, and
negotiation; and collaborative skills such as co-learning, coordination, and mediation.

Students will also have ongoing opportunity to present research findings and represent the group at conferences
and meetings including Michigan Local Food Council Network meetings, various partner university and state extension conferences, and the National Farm to School Conference.

Mackinac Island, MI, USA Raymond De Young In Progress
Lower Boardman River Revitalization City of Traverse City, Michigan Traverse City, MI Chet Hill Past Project
Managing Forests across Social and Ecological Boundaries: Collaboration among Multiple Landowners in the Context of Wildfire Risk U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Students will have the opportunity to develop environmental management, geo-spatial analysis, policy analysis, environmental plan development, and social data collection and analysis skills. Students will also have opportunities to interact with federal and state natural resource agencies and environmental organizations that work in the field of forest restoration and natural hazard mitigation. Students will develop a webinar to share findings, which will provide valuable skills in science communication and environmental media. Students will also have opportunities for presenting the project findings at professional meetings and co-authoring a publishable journal article.

OR, USA Paige Fischer In Progress
Measuring Impact: Evaluating the Economic, Social, and Ecological Services of the City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program The Conservation Fund

We believe this project would serve an immediate, urgent need by informing the citizens of Ann Arbor and the surrounding eight townships about the contributions of the Greenbelt Program. However, this project has the potential to educate and inspire policy makers at all levels of government, as well as community groups and citizens throughout the United States. Thus, there is a tremendous professional development opportunity here for a dedicated group of researchers not only to assess the Greenbelt, but to imagine its potential as a model ordinance for other communities. The Greenbelt Program Manager and members of the Greenbelt Advisory Commission, who bring a great deal of experience and expertise to issues of land preservation, local agriculture, economic development, and sustainability, are eager to collaborate and lend assistance as needed to ensure this project is a success.  We believe additional professional venues for showcasing this work will be relevant, including potentially The Conservation Fund workshops or webinars, and professional conferences.

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan Catherine Riseng Past Project
Meijer Renewable Energy Evaluation and Strategy Meijer

SNRE students will work directly with Meijer Energy and Environmental staff and will have an opportunity to present findings and recommendations to Meijer executive leadership.  Students will develop technical and communication skills critical to success in the workplace. Students will spend significant time communicating with professionals to gather data and assess suitability of the data for a specific use. Furthermore, the students will learn to be accountable to meet the project scope and schedule. The Meijer project leader will work closely with the project team and provide mentorship and additional professional networking opportunities. 

Grand Rapids, Michigan Greg Keoleian Past Project
Michigan at a Climate Crossroads: Strategies for Guiding the State in a Carbon-Constrained World (2006) National Environmental Trust State of Michigan Greg Keoleian Past Project
Michigan Environmental Justice Assessment: determinants of racial disparities for an equitable future Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition
  1. Knowledge of environmental justice, equity in environmental policies and practices, and greater knowledge of Michigan’s lay of the land in EJ;
  2. Experience in ethics based research practice and principles with and along side of EJ communities
  3. Social networking with communities, non-profits and governmental agencies around the issue of EJ
  4. Increased connectivity between research and practice, with an advocacy lens on systems change
  5. Real world practice of skills like GIS, statistics, policy analysis, social science, communications towards this end
Detroit, MI, USA Paul Mohai In Progress
Michigan Green Communities (2012) U.S. Department of Energy

Broadly, the ability to identify opportunities for local governments to improve their sustainability in a financially, socially, and politically viable way.  Outreach, coalition building and negotiation will likely be key to success - along with careful analysis and communication of project benefits.  You will connect with people in Michigan doing similar work, and others around the country engaged in similar efforts - all through the U.S. D.O.E.

Michigan Josh Newell Past Project
Mobilizing New Mobility Innovation, Industry Development and Consumer Uptake for the Detroit Region (2014) Ford Motor Company

-    Ground floor participation in the development of new approaches, technologies, systems and conceptual frameworks that form the basis of the emerging New Mobility industry
-    Work with pioneers in New Mobility consumer uptake research through UM-SMART
-    Networking and presentation opportunities through Ford, Next Energy, and SMART.

  • Ford Blueprint project and sustainability network links with a wide community of businesses and other partners related to New Mobility innovation and industry development. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to meet and work with highly skilled researchers, planners and engineers within the global auto industry.
  • Next Energy / SMART Entrepreneur Events: NextEnergy provides direct assistance to start-up companies in the commercialization of products and intellectual property in the advanced energy industry. SMART works to advance New Mobility entrepreneurship globally including in Michigan, as well as through the Mobi prize and registry (see www.mobiprize.com) Students will get an opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs and business leaders at these events.
  • SMART Events: Students will have the opportunity to meet some of SMART's "Living Lab" partners as well as business forum and entrepreneurs network members at a global network retreat that will be held in Ann Arbor in March 2013. They will also connect with transportation, innovation, and tech transfer related U-M faculty as part of SMART's wide network.
  • Through the above events and networks students will also link with Michigan transportation/planning/ economic development agencies.

- Ford is interested in exploring the changes coming for mobility.  The growth of Mega-cities and global urbanization are driving a diversification of transportation solutions.  The automobile needs to be viewed as one element of a transportation ecosystem and we need to look for new ways to optimize the entire system.  There is not a single "magic bullet" solution. It requires new technologies, new products and new business models functioning in a holistic approach. It will also involve company partnerships and collaboration with governments - all of us working together for a common goal to create new opportunities.

- NextEnergy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 to drive advanced energy investment and job creation in Michigan. Located in Midtown Detroit's innovation corridor, NextEnergy serves as a catalyst for advanced energy technology demonstration and commercialization in the state. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped to attract more than $1 billion of new investment, including over $150 million generated by programs in which we have directly participated.  This particular project would be organized through NextEnergy's New Market Services unit, which is responsible for all of NextEnergy's industry and venture services related to emerging sectors.

- SMART catalyzes and collaborates to develop new approaches to implementing integrated multi-modal transport through a growing number of "Living Labs," or collaborative on the ground transportation projects, in communities and regions around the world. SMART will draw on these partnerships, resources, and learning that have been generated through the specific areas of focus on connecting the dots, moving money and moving minds, along with parallel work on the trends that drive the global future of transportation. In particular SMART is a pioneer in New Mobility industry cluster development, and in New Mobility consumer uptake.

- Economic Mapping: Students will be exposed to (and possibly contribute to) the development of SMART's new economic mapping technology.

- Students will be introduced to various methods used to conduct consumer behavior analysis.

Greater Detroit Area/ SE Michigan Peter Adriaens, Ross School of Business and Susan Zielinski, SMART Past Project
Modeling Effective Behavior Change Strategies for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (2012) Chesapeake Bay Trust Maryland/Chesapeake Bay watershed Michaela Zint Past Project
More than Me! Sustainable School Yard Design, Liberia (2015) Sustainability Without Borders

Students participating in this project can expect to gain hands-on design experience in design and construction of a new school yard landscape at the More than Me Academy. They will have an opportunity to work closely with experienced leaders in international development and youth empowerment. They will be in charge of all aspects of project management - from design conception, to construction documents to implementation.

The student group will have the opportunity to travel to Liberia for design consultations, discovery and assessment trips, and final implementations (pending financial support). Networking opportunities with More-Than-Me leadership as well as Liberian Government and Non-government organization officials can be expected. SWB has a significant network of stakeholders for consultation and collaboration in particular the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Environmental Program in Liberia, Winrock International, Liberian Environmental Protection Agency, the Liberian Ministry of Land Mines and Energy, Liberian Rural Development Agency, and the Liberian Rural Renewable Energy Agency to name a few. The work of the group will be presented to these agencies either through individual meetings or in-group seminars with other SWB projects in Liberia.

SWB expects to prepare publications from the results of this work. The student group, under SNRE advisor and SWB officer support, will lead the publications.

More than Me, Girl's Elementary School Liberia, West Africa Bob Grese and Shelie Miller Past Project
Nashville's Public Transit Future Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

Students will have the opportunity to make contacts with Nashville MTA and public transit professionals and policy makers in an emerging city. Through the project work, they will develop an understanding of the technical, social, and environmental aspects of new public transit systems. Also, students will learn more about the interface between qualitative and quantitative data, as well as how best to communicate the two to a variety of audiences with different interests.


Nashville, Tennessee Tierra Bills Past Project
Natural Areas Management Planning for Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Horner-McLaughlin Woods, and Mud Lake Bog Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan

Students will gain experience in compiling and summarizing site-specific natural history data and producing a natural areas management plan. This experience is directly transferable to natural areas management planning and conservation planning for government and non-profit conservation agencies or for work for consulting firms doing such planning.

Ann Arbor, MI Bob Grese In Progress
Nature and Nurture Seeds Farmstand Operation (2017) Nature and Nurture, LLC

Ecological restoration, restoration agriculture, sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, orcharding, nursery, homesteading, cooking and fermentation skills, ID and taxonomy of plants and fungi, seed saving and breeding, running a small business, mycology and cultivation of fungi, terrestrial ecosystems management, edible forest gardens. 

Data collected by the team could include interviews with the landowners (Mike and Erica and Mike's parents who own the land next door) and (if possible) previous landowners (Erwin Egeler and his extended family) and neighbors about historical uses of the land as well as Carl Burhop who is currently drafting our forest management plan.

Scio Township, Michigan Stanton Jones Past Project
New Mobility Solutions for South Africa & India: A Framework for Success (2008) Ford Motor Company India; South Africa Tom Gladwin Past Project
New Mobility Strategies for Ford Motor Company (2006) Ford Motor Company Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, U.S. Tom Gladwin Past Project
New Mobility: Providing Solutions to Social and Environmental Problems in Urban Slums of Developing Regions (2009) Ford Motor Company Sao Paulo, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa Tom Gladwin Past Project
NOAA Regional Public Private Partnership Analysis and Recommended Strategy (2017) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Students working on this project will receive broad exposure to NOAA’s five operational line offices including:  NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Satellite and Information Service, Office of Atmospheric Research, and National Weather Service.  Students will be assigned to a NOAA project mentor and encouraged to build an active rapport with regional partners across the Great Lakes geography.  As a result, students will gain marketable experience relating to social science research and analysis, partnership development, and local and regional engagement in the Great Lakes region.

Great Lakes Region (All eight Great Lakes States MN to NY) Allen Burton Past Project
Northeast Michigan Integrated Assessment: Connecting Great Lakes Coastal Access, Tourism, and Economic Development (2007) Michigan Sea Grant Presque Isle, Alpena, and Alcona Counties in Northeast Michigan Don Scavia and Jennifer Read Past Project
Northport Renewable Energy Community Plan (2015) Northport Energy Action Taskforce Northport, MI Kim Wolske and Greg Keoleian Past Project
PACE Renewable Energy Program Plan and Pilot Project (2017) Northport Energy Action Taskforce (Northport Energy)
  • Project team participation with management probabilities with a community and professional group.
  • Survey and community consultation design and implementation.
  • Interpersonal contact in public meetings and contacts with businesspeople.
  • Financial and technical analysis of funding options and project management.
  • Networking with local businesses, financial firms, utilities, local government. Levin Energy Partners will provide networking opportunities in Detroit area, statewide, and potentially nationally.
  • Project management and implementation experience in pilot project development.

This opportunity for students to accelerate the energy-related sustainability efforts of a community that has been successful in designing and implementing community supported clean energy projects in Michigan. The project will provide the opportunity for students to work with professionals to develop experience in public policy planning, communication strategy development and implementation, renewable energy facility management and installation and writing a strategic plan for a model. There will be hands-on opportunity to implement a pilot project in conjunction with experienced community, technical and financial leaders. An important outcome of this project is replicability. The project will provide opportunities to develop publications and presentations that will be of value and utility to other communities.

Village of Northport and Leelanau Township, Leelanau County Greg Keoleian Past Project
People, Parks, and Partnerships (2006) National Park Service USA Rachel Kaplan Past Project
Pewabic: “Tiling” the Story of Revitalization in Detroit Through Public Gardens (2017) Pewabic Society, Inc.

Participating students can expect to gain a solid foundation in the community-based design process, and to develop contacts across greater Detroit. Potential partner organizations include Jefferson East, Inc. (a former SNRE study partner), the Villages CDC and the Greening of Detroit. Students will have an opportunity to work with Pewabic artists and designers, and potentially showcase their work through the Detroit Design Festival. The project will provide a powerful case study in building on community strengths towards a sustainable future. Participants will have an opportunity to practice ecological design as part of urban design, historic preservation, landscape planning and site planning and gain experience working with nongovernmental organizations.

Detroit, MI Bob Grese Past Project
Planning for the Strategic Redevelopment of Downtown Detroit (2006) Downtown Detroit Partnership Detroit, MI Larissa Larsen Past Project
Planning trails and interpretation in the nation’s newest NPS unit (2017). VALL: Valles Caldera National Preserve (one of the nation’s newest park units)

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is an active member of the Southwest Jemez Mountain Landscape Collaborative, a muti-agency collaborative that informs the implementation of CFLRP projects. There is an annual March meeting that would be ideal for students to present their project deliverables. This collaborative effort may influence the project design and implementation, offering a unique opportunity for networking with federal land managers, biologists, NEPA specialists, interpreters, tribal, and non-profit representatives.

Jemez Springs, New Mexico, United States Mark Lindquist Past Project
Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Chicago Riverwalk SASAKI
  • This study will present a real world challenge to the participating SNRE graduate students, and provide an opportunity to work closely with an interdisciplinary team of environmental planners, design practitioners and ecologists at Sasaki.
  • The study results will potentially be presented at conference such as ASLA (American Association of Landscape Architecture), APA (American Planning Association), as well as be considered for award and publication submissions.
  • The project will provide experience and exposure to professional networking with project client, local communities and professionals from various disciplines.  
Chicago, IL Allen Burton, Victoria Campbell-Arvai, and Mark Lindquist Past Project
Pricing Policies for the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Utility Systems (2017) DTE Energy

Students will have the opportunity to work with DTE Energy teams and present their findings to appropriate groups and individuals at DTE.

Ann Arbor, MI Tom Lyon Past Project
Project Katrina (2007) Louisiana Bucket Brigade Louisiana, USA Bunyan Bryant, Gregory Button, and Elaine Hockman Past Project
Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in Eastern Europe & Russia: Accomplishments, Impacts & Lessons Learned from IUCN's "Forest Law Enforcement & Governance Program" (2016) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Gland, Switzerland Robyn Meeks and Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Public Transport Systems and Infrastructure Solutions to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence on Hawaii Island (2014) The Kohala Center

This project would provide students with the opportunity to work at an island system level with the opportunity to create a plan that could be adopted by County government and be a model for other rural Hawaiian islands.  There would be access to key government and private sector decision-makers in Hawaii and the opportunity to learn how to practice research and consulting skills in an interesting physical, social, and political environment.  There would be opportunities to present at the annual state-wide professional planners conference.

1/4 Hawai'i Island, HI and 3/4 Ann Arbor, MI Jeremiah Johnson Past Project
Pursuing Sustainability with UMHS' Patient Food & Nutrition Services: Aligning Sustainable Practices with Healthcare Delivery University of Michigan Health System Ann Arbor, MI Ming Xu and Damian Beil Past Project
Redesigning the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway - Improving Environmental and Cultural Sustainability by Creating Identity (2012) Scenic Highway Foundation

This is an opportunity to work with the non-profit and government sector. Groups consulted with will include the Florida Department of Transportation, West Florida Regional Planning Council, The Nature Conservancy, City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department.


Skills gained include starting with field work and using the results for environmental planning and design at both the city and site scales.

Escambia Bay Bluffs, FL Chet Hill and MaryCarol Hunter Past Project
Reducing Diesel Emissions, Improving Air Quality, and Promoting Environmental Justice in Southwest Detroit (2015) Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) Southwest Detroit, work can be divided between Ann Arbor and Detroit Past Project
Reef Recreation: Designing with Nature to Redevelop an Ecological Catastrophe in the Atlantic Ocean into a Flourishing Aquatic Habitat and Coastal Protection Site (2015) Osborne Reef Fort Lauderdale, Florida Bob Grese and Kathy Velikov Past Project
ReFashion Livernois (2015) Dickinson by Design 19350 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221 MaryCarol Hunter Past Project
REI (2014) REI

Potential to gain experience working in the private sector; gain knowledge of how sustainability fits into supply chain and retail industry; professional networking opportunities. 

Seattle, Washington Tom Lyon Past Project
Reinventing Wingfield Pines: Creating a Regional Showcase for Floodplain Rehabilitation in a Post-mined Landscape (2007) Allegheny Land Trust Pittsburgh, PA Bob Grese Past Project
Renewable Energy in the California Desert: Mechanisms for Evaluating Solar Development on Public Lands (2010) The Wilderness Society

Students can expect to develop skills and knowledge in renewable energy development and land use policy. The expertise they will gain from this project will be transferable to jobs in the renewable energy, land conservation advocacy, and climate change fields. Students will make valuable connections with federal land managers, renewable industry experts, and the conservation community. Their research and materials will be used directly to influence land use decisions in California and west-wide. They may expect to be called upon to present their findings to land managers, members of the conservation community, and concerned citizens.

California Steve Yaffee Past Project
Renewable Energy Strategy for Southern Company (2011) Southern Company USA John DeCicco Past Project
Renewables, Policy and the Cost of Capital United Nations Environment Program, Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative Basel, Switzerland Tom Lyon Past Project
Renewing Ranobe for Tomorrow: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development in Madagascar (2011) Ho avy

SNRE students will:

  • Have access to New Latitude - Ho avy project staff and their expertise, and will be paired with local University of Toliara students during their time in Madagascar
  • Be able to meet with regional officials in conservation, i.e., WWF staff, possibly Kew Botanical Gardens, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International, and will be able to request meetings with ministers, local officials, policy makers and mining company representatives
  • In conjunction with Ho avy, organize a conference in Madagascar and invite all stakeholders invested in the region. Students and their Malagasy counterparts will present projects and submit an action plan to the local communities as well as to WWF, appropriate ministers and policy makers about how best to conserve and restore the forest by offering sustainable action through conservation incentive opportunities.
  • Be provided with room and board while in the field and housing in Toliara, (hotels, internet and food while in cities will be covered by students).
Ranobe, Toliara, (SW) Madagascar Rebecca Hardin, Secondary Advisor Past Project
Residential Green Roof Implementation in Washington, DC: A Stormwater Management Tool for an Impervious Urban Environment (2008) Washington, D.C. MaryCarol Hunter and Peter Adriaens Past Project
Resilience of Coastal Communities in Response to External Stressors (2016) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Oregon Coast Paige Fischer, Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Responsible Sourcing of Sugar Cane Kellogg Company

Students can expect to gain valuable skills and professional experience around how to affect change within complex business environments, manage a multitude of stakeholders to rally around common goals and develop intricate action plans that are environmentally and socially sound. Students can also expect to gain greater exposure to life cycle analyses, international agriculture policies and regulations, global agribusiness and supply chain operations.

This project provides the opportunities for students to develop an industry-wide sustainability framework to be adopted by Kellogg Company and other partner companies, representing a large-scale potential for impact. The recommendations will be presented to Kellogg’s sustainability and procurement departments, in addition to the company’s partners (Cargill and Unilever) pending interest. Findings may also be presented at future sustainability conferences or published as industry resources. 

Battle Creek, Michigan Joe Arvai Past Project
Restoration of a Multi-Functional Landscape: Mill Creek after Dam Removal (2010) Village of Dexter, MI Dexter, MI Chet Hill Past Project
Restoring the Shiawassee Flats: Estuarine Gateway to Saginaw Bay U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Saginaw Bay watershed, MI Mike Wiley, Sara Adlerstein, and Kurt Kowalski Past Project
Revitalizing the Grand River Corridor: Activating the Rouge River (2016) Farmington/Farmington Hills Corridor Improvement Authority (F/FHCIA) Farmington and Farmington Hills, MI MaryCarol Hunter Past Project
River Raisin Watershed Management Planning (2007) River Raisin Watershed Council Adrian, MI J. David Allan and Thomas Johengen Past Project
Roadmap to Water Security EcoWorks

Similar research is part of the everyday work of numerous non-profits, business, and government units.

Interviews with stakeholders, from low income water customers to social service and water utility professionals, will broaden student’s capacity to empathize and understand various stakeholders.

The research will be broadly promoted and the idea is that deliverables will be highly visible and accessible to the public. Whether through conference presentations or publications, students will be fully credited and recognized for their work.

Students will work closely with EcoWorks. Over 35 years EcoWorks has become a regional leader in social environmental programs, from the Youth Energy Squad, a student environmental leaderships development program active in over 50 schools; Relcaim Detroit, a deconstruction and job training social enterprise; Residential Education, which in partnership designed and implemented the first substantial water conservation and assistance program in SE Michigan, the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP); and Green Consulting, which is involved in Eco Districts and the energy planning of over 30 SE Michigan communities. Students will have the opportunity to network with both EcoWorks staff and our many partners.

Detroit, MI Tony Reames Past Project
Saco River Watershed Collaborative Assessment Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

This project will place the student team into the center of a real-world regional planning and management situation.  They will gain several practical skills that are frequently sought by employers in our field:

  • The “situation assessment” is an analytic tool used to unravel the complexity of “wicked problems.” It is an important tool in the “tool kit” of environmental professionals.
  • Development of a first-hand (vs. textbook) understanding of the legitimate but often conflicting interests of the “community” of people, organizations, governments, and businesses that comprise a “problem domain.” Employers seeking references for potential employees often ask questions such as: “How does this individual deal with a situation involving people with very different perspectives?” “How are their communication and meeting management skills?” “Are they able to conduct assessments that illuminate the underlying factors that must be addressed in a situation?” “Do they understand that problems are complex and require unpacking?” This masters project will build those skills.
  • Skills in cross-case analysis to derive lessons for a place-based enterprise.
  • Professional presentation skills.
Wells, Maine, USA Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Scaling up Payments for Watershed Services: Recommendations for Increasing Participation in Watershed Conservation Among Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Sebago Lake Watershed, Maine (2012) World Resources Institute

WRI brings a wide range of expertise and concrete project experience to help increase the conservation and sustainable management of private forests through payments for watershed services projects. SNRE students will work closely with a number of staff engaged in research.  Through the People & Ecosystems Program, specifically the Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Initiative (MESI), WRI has emerged nationally and internationally as a leader in providing decision-makers in government, business, and multilateral development banks with information and assessment tools that link ecosystem health with the attainment of economic and social goals. In addition, to providing information, WRI helps develop new markets, economic incentives, and public policies that restore and sustain ecosystems.

As part of the MESI initiative, WRI has been working extensively to align ecosystem stewardship with the attainment of business goals. WRI was instrumental in developing The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (CESR), a structured methodology that helps businesses manage the risks and opportunities arising from their dependence and impact on ecosystems. Through the CESR, WRI has built an innovative partnership between WRI and leading companies dedicated to advancing business strategies, markets, and policies that align corporate performance and ecosystem stewardship. Through this partnership, WRI is working to connect ecosystem beneficiaries (companies) with sellers (private landowners) of ecosystem services.

Washington, DC is where the office is located, but the project location will be in the southern U.S. Peter Adriaens Past Project
Scope 3 Emissions Assessment and Protocol Development Ford Motor Company
  • Ford C-Suite level presentation at the conclusion of the program
  • Benchmarking and Landscaping
  • Scope 3 workstream mapping,analysis and strategy development
  • Interaction with NGOs (eg., CDP)
  • Understanding of Sustainability and Business Inter-relationships and balancing
  • Application of cross-industry implementation to the Automotive Industry
Dearborn, MI, USA Greg Keoleian In Progress
Sierra Nevada Journeys Strategic Expansion Plan 2016: Phase 1 - Environmental Education Center (2016) Sierra Nevada Journeys Portola, CA Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez Past Project
Site Designs and Habitat Mapping for Increasing Organizational Capacity of an Alaskan Outdoor Education Organization (2015) Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Homer, Alaska Bob Grese and Karen Marzonie Past Project
Six Points Property Master Plan (2016) The Wyandot of Anderdon Nation, Trenton, Michigan Gibraltar, Michigan Bob Grese Past Project
Sleeping Bear Dunes Bay to Bay Paddle/Backpack Trail (2014) National Park Service - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA)

Students will have the opportunity to work within a National Park Unit with NPS planners and staff and learn about park planning, environmental compliance, and park management and operations.  They will work in partnership with NPS Outdoor Recreation Planners, Friends Groups, municipalities, and recreation user groups and recreation providers to plan and design backcountry facilities and a recreation experience as well as an urban outdoor recreation facility and outdoor education experience.   They will have the opportunity to attend and possibly present a poster session at the Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals conference in Traverse City, MI in May 2013.

Empire, MI Bob Grese Past Project
Solar for All: Providing Electricity to the Base of the Pyramid Through Social Entrepreneurship (2014) Ashoka: Solar for All Initiative
  • Experience working with Ashoka - one of the world's best known promoters of social entrepreneurship
  • Access to Solar for All's extensive network of international partners, including socially responsible investment firms (e.g. Bamboo Finance), foundations (e.g. Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation), and NGOs (e.g.  International Renewable Energy Agency).
  • Experience with renewable energy system technology
  • Direct involvement with social entrepreneurship strategies to improve access to electricity
Global with a focus on Haiti Thomas Gladwin Past Project
Specialty Coffee Farmers' Climate Change Concern and Perceived Ability to Adapt (2016) CIMS Sustainable Markets Intelligence Center, Costa Rica Alajuela, Costa Rica Avik Basu Past Project
Stone Paper LCA (2016) Taiwan Lung Meng Technology Co. Ltd Tainan, Taiwan Ming Xu Past Project
Strategic Options to Expand Local Market Access to MakaPads (2015) Sustainability Without Borders Technology for Tomorrow, Kampala, Uganda Jose Alfaro and Avik Basu Past Project
Supporting Cisco (Coregonus artedi) Restoration in Northeast Lake Michigan Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Opportunities to engage with tribal and commercial fishing communities, participate in fish surveys and learn field techniques, learn laboratory skills such as fish aging techniques and identification of invertebrate and fish species, present findings at a professional conferences and meetings, professional networking opportunities with Great Lakes state, federal and non-profit organizations, and to write peer reviewed publications.

Most the research performed by Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians NRD staff takes place in the 1836 waters of Lake Michigan. As such, the proposed Cisco project will be centered on this same area (roughly Grand Rapids MI to Escanaba MI) Sara Adlerstein Past Project
Supporting conservation and decision-making in the Northwoods: Mapping forest values, services, and threats (2017) The Nature Conservancy in Michigan

This project involves students contacting stakeholders across a range of resource management and conservation related agencies, which will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of these organizations as well as develop professional contacts.  Students will learn skills in using data for decision support across jurisdictions and institutions, which is a skill set that is growing in demand among resource agencies and NGOs.  Students will present results to professionals at The Nature Conservancy and the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, a high-level group of resource and conservation professionals. The Northern Forest Working Group of the LCC currently comprises representatives of the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Departments of Natural Resources in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Wayne State University, Illinois Natural History Survey, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, Trust for Public Lands, University of Wisconsin Extension, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the University of Vermont.

Lansing, MI Bill Currie Past Project
Sustainability at Banorte: A Comprehensive CSR Strategy (2011) ImpactOmh and Banorte Mexico Deborah Burand and Rick Bunch Past Project
Sustainability Business Case (2014) General Motors Company

I would work closely with team, advising them on the work and mentoring them as requested, throughout the project.  In order to develop the "mini-business cases," the project team would be expected to engage with/interview a diverse group of employees throughout GM.  Any travel would likely be limited to driving to GM's Headquarters in Detroit, GM Technology Center in Warren, and possibly some nearby assembly plants.  Interviews could also be conducted by phone.  At the conclusion of the project, I would expect the team to present this to GM leadership and as well as presenting it to a global GM audience, probably via a webinar.  

Ann Arbor and surrounding Detroit Metropolitan area Tom Gladwin Past Project
Sustainability Initiatives for Beaumont Health System (2014) Beaumont Hospital
  • Experience a simulation of a multi-disciplinary environmental firm
  • Work directly with supervisors and directors of one of the largest Hospitals in Michigan
  • First hand involvement on a major LEED driven project
  • Opportunity to monitor the effectiveness of engineered wetland habitats that are created
Royal Oak, MI, U.S.A. MaryCarol Hunter Past Project
Sustainable Agriculture in Tropical Forest Landscapes (2014) CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Students will:
-    Develop skills in literature review, survey design, semi-structured interviews, data- analysis
-    Gain knowledge of agriculture, forests, supply-chains, institutions and governance
-    Visit, and work directly with, partner institutions that may include NGOs, research institutes, or private sector companies.
-    Gain an insight into the CGIAR research network
-    Prepare and publish a CCAFS Report
-    Prepare and submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal

Sao Paulo, Brazil and Jakarta, Indonesia Arun Agrawal Past Project
Sustainable Food Systems Design and Education at a Multi-use Community Site Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Food Innovation Center)

Students will have the opportunity to experience the workings of higher education institutions, network with city officials and community groups in Kalamazoo and members of the FIC Advisory Board, and sharpen skills in communicating across sectors. We will ensure opportunities for students to present their work at local venues (for example, an annual local Foodways Symposium and the FIC Advisory Board) and support them in bringing their work to statewide/national conferences if desired (eg. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education or the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education). For students interested in Food Systems, this project is an opportunity to become closely involved with the Bronson Healthy Living Campus at KVCC, a groundbreaking new food/health/sustainability-themed campus that includes a culinary school and café, healthcare program facilities, and a working urban farm and food hub.

Kalamazoo, MI, USA MaryCarol Hunter In Progress
Sustainable Habitat – Renewables and Energy Efficiency Improvements for Habitat for Humanity (2015) Habitat for Humanity Michigan Lansing, MI Scott Noesen Past Project
Sustainable Redevelopment of a Post-Industrial Brownfield Site: A Case Study in the Nation's “Vehicle City," Flint, Michigan (07) Genesee Institute & Genesee County Land Bank Flint, Michigan Joan Nassauer Past Project
Sustainable Sourcing and Expansion for Frita Batidos (2016) Frita Batidos Ann Arbor, MI Tom Lyon Past Project
Sustainable Urban Redevelopment in Detroit (2010) Jefferson East Business Association Detroit, MI Tom Gladwin Past Project
Sustaining Hope: A Strategic Plan for Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, MI (2009) Growing Hope

Students have the opportunity to gain direct experience in multiple disciplines and career areas — areas as diverse as real estate/community development, brownfields, fundraising, green remodeling, and landscape architecture.  Among the volunteer planning team for the site design are architects, environmental engineers, landscape architects, and green building experts.  Opportunities to interview/visit similar centers in the US and Canada may provide networking connections in other communities.  The chance to work on this project also provides the opportunity to understand how community-based nonprofits work.

Ypsilanti, MI Andy Hoffman Past Project
The BrightLight Foundation - Building a Business Plan for Solar Lamp & Cell Phone Charger Distribution (2013) The BrightLight Foundation

Skills

  • Business plan creation
  • Researching and vetting organizations
  • Developing a marketing plan for a start-up organization

Knowledge

  • International development
  • Solar appliance market
  • Fundraising

Contacts

  • Board of  BrightLight Foundation
  • NGO contacts (specific ones depending on findings of project)
  • Duke Energy and other partner organization contacts
International - multiple pilot locations Scott Noesen Past Project
The Case for New Transmission in the U.S.: Meeting the Need for Large-Scale Renewable Energy (2009) American Wind Energy Association Ann Arbor, MI Tom Lyon Past Project
The Demand for Carbon Offsets in the United States: A Snapshot of U.S. Buyers on the Global Voluntary and California Compliance Markets The Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature, A.C. Ann Arbor, MI & Doha, Qatar Bill Currie Past Project
The Detroit SUN Project: SUN = Sustainable Urban Neighborhood (2011)
  • Interaction with state and local government especially city planning commission and the planning and development department, politicians, political figures, influential non-profit organizations, and socially responsible private companies in the city of Detroit.
  • The project will provide the opportunity to gain knowledge of available technology and implementation i.e. geothermal technology, solar thermal, photovoltaic. Learn about these technologies, their value and feasibility, and their benefits from a community perspective, in a context whereby financial savings leveraged for low, moderate and middle-income persons has the immediate potential to directly improve the quality of life. Cost-benefit analysis skills development of potential project variables, as well as replicability in other areas, as well as other similar markets.
  • Freedom to work independently in the research and planning phase. Great amount of flexibility based on the interests, energies, and talents of those involved. This is an excellent opportunity to see positive change first hand, interact with an urban community as well as city leaders, and find creative solutions to environmental and community issues.
  • Gain experience with budgets, grants, and allocation of fiscal resources. Garner excellent communication, long-term planning, and short term implementation skills. Learn about current urban issues facing environmentalists, and current environmental issues facing urbanites, and potential local, state and federal funding sources to implement activities.
  • Experience with community organizing - through garnering support, leading volunteers, and implementing understanding and education. Strengthen public communication and ability to work with a variety of ideas, interests, and individuals.
Detroit, MI Kerry Duggan Past Project
The Farm at St. Joe’s: Expanding an innovative farm-to-institution food system. (2017) The Farm at St. Joe’s Hospital

The projects will provide an opportunity to apply coursework to a current and urgent need. Stakeholder engagement with both farm and hospital administration, the local healthcare and agricultural community, and the public will be key to the success of the projects listed above. Managing these conversations, coordinating their input and presenting the team’s findings will develop valuable skills demanded by the job market. In addition, by working closely with the farm staff, the hospital wellness staff and the hospital Green Team, students will gain knowledge about farm-to-institution concepts, food production, and the inner workings of a small, year-round farm, as well as the role of agriculture and environmental stewardship projects on social and psychological well-being. Short and long-term planning can be incorporated into the process, equipping students with a skill that can be easily translated to other professional settings. Students have the potential to explore grant-writing opportunities to support the projects. Students may also choose to research and visit peer institutions, attend and perhaps present at related conferences (previous Master’s Project teams, working on similar food-related projects, have present their findings at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference, the Permaculture Your Campus Conference and the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference).

Team Size: 4-7 students

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Campus, 5555 McAuley Drive Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Raymond De Young Past Project
The Potential for Micro-algae and Other "Micro-crops" to Produce Sustainable Biofuels (2011) National Wildlife Federation

Students gain an understanding of a wide array of disciplines in order to compete a thorough analysis of these crops and processes.  They will get to know and learn how to interact with private industry representatives in developing an understanding of their processes and practices, as well as how to interact with academics from a variety of fields, environmentalists, and several government agencies.  They will develop interview and seruvey skills.  They will learn to analyze and critique federal and state legislation and policies. 

The student team will also have an excellent opportunity to develop their communication skills.  The National Wildlife Federation will assist the team in making a trip to Washington DC at the completion of their project to present their findings to conservation and environmental groups, biofuels industry representatives, federal agencies and Congressional offices.  Last year's biofuel's team presented their project five times and generated good feedback and made excellent contacts.  A written report is now being developed, which NWF will review, edita and pay to have designed and printed.  Team members will help with press inquiries upon public release of the report.  While this is not guaranteed for the micro-crop project, it is a possibility, depending on the results of the project and funding availability. 

U.S. John DeCicco Past Project
The St. Marys River Watershed: Planning for Biodiversity Conservation (2009) The Nature Conservancy Sault Sainte Marie, MI J. David Allan Past Project
Towards a Global Plastics Protocol: Policy Solutions for Closing the Loop on Plastics Amcor Plastics

Students will have the opportunity gain key insight into how environmental data is measured and tracked at a global multinational corporation, engage with diverse internal and external Amcor stakeholders including a variety of employees, and gain comprehensive understanding of the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical
packaging industry and exposure to the decision-making process in a global corporation.

Ann Arbor, MI, USA Shelie Miller In Progress
Transit Oriented Development in Detroit (2010) Detroit Department of Transportation Detroit, MI Beth Diamond Past Project
Transmission-Related Policy Options to Facilitate Offshore Wind in the Great Lakes (2011) Great Lakes Commission

Students will learn to formulate and share concrete policy options for an emerging field of great interest. Along with access to the expertise of the Great Lakes Commission staff, students will also have the opportunity to interact with offshore wind and transmission leaders in government and the nonprofit and private sectors during the course of gathering research and developing the end deliverables.

Since there is very little research on offshore transmission in freshwater areas, the students will be producing novel research and their work will help pave the way for future developments in this area.

Students will have the opportunity to present their findings through either poster presentations or panel sessions at various conferences and meetings such as the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative Annual Meeting, the American Wind Energy Association Wind Power Meeting, or the Canadian Wind Energy Association Meeting.

Students will also be invited to speak with members of the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative's Offshore Wind and Regional Transmission Workgroups during the course of the development and completion of their project.

Ann Arbor, MI though research will be conducted for the entire Great Lakes Basin David Allan Past Project
Understanding private sector risk to climate change and designing guidance for engagement World Wildlife Fund

This project provides a team with experience that approximates a future work environment while providing WWF with a solution to a complex environmental issue: resilience.  Students have the opportunity to identify and enhance their skills working across sectors with a broad audience, including the largest conservation organization in the world and multinational companies.  This project will provide an opportunity to gain insight into the workings of agricultural supply chains and those that influence them.  Students will gain perspective on the current state of response to climate change in the field of conservation as well as the private sector. 

Students will have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced real-world environment with a project that has immediate and important implications in conservation and business.  Students can expect to develop contacts within WWF, present products internally to WWF, develop contacts within multinational corporations and other private sector actors, and see their work published on the WWF website or another media outlet.

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Ungulate Pathways of the West: Examining Conservation Challenges & Opportunities for Ungulate Migrations (2009)

Skills, knowledge and contacts necessary to address complex, multi-jurisdictional natural resource issues in the Rocky Mountain West. Also, land use issues, particularly the use of conservation easements.

Pinedale, Wyoming Steve Yaffee and Julia Wondolleck Past Project
Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Case Studies in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, MI (2012) Great Lakes Cities Climate Change Integrated Assessment

Opportunities to interact with great lakes cities decision makers and officials, presentations at urban adaptation meetings.

Michigan Maria Lemos Past Project
Urban Revitalization through Art, Community and Ecology: The Heidelberg Project (2011) The Heidelberg Project

Experience generating neighborhood and site scale plans, infrastructure, and design typologies that proactively manage vacant land and declining population. 

Detroit, MI Beth Diamond Past Project
Valuing Natural Capital & Assessing Waste Recovery: A Study of Amcor’s Flexible Packaging (2017) Amcor

Students will have the opportunity gain key insight into supply chain and life cycle analysis and to engage with multiple members of the Amcor teams, as well as communicate with partner organizations such as the Trash Free Seas Alliance, WWF, etc. Students will also gain comprehensive understanding of the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical packaging industry and exposure to the decision-making process in a global corporation.

Privacy Considerations:

Amcor requests that students on the team sign an NDA. 

Ann Arbor, MI Ming Xu Past Project
Valuing Water: A Globally Sustainable Approach for the Pharmaceutical Industry (2008) Merck & Co., Inc. USA Jonathan Bulkley and Jeremy Semrau Past Project
Vehicle Electrification Facilitating the Integration of Renewable Energy: An Analysis of the Provision of Ancillary Services via Networked EVs (2011) Better Place California John DeCicco Past Project
Venture Investment opportunities in heating decarbonization Energy Impact Partners

Financial / economic modeling

Qualitative research interviewing

Competitive strategic analysis

Market forecasting and modeling

Concise presentation of information for business decision making

New York, NY, USA Lauren Bigelow In Progress
Visioning the Allen Creek Greenway: Designing a Path, Creating a Place (2012) Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy

It is anticipated that the students who work on this project will benefit professionally in a number of important ways.  These students will experience the application of non-motorized transportation design in an urban setting that is functionally decayed.  It will enable the students to provide appropriate conceptual design images for the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy to enable their product(s) to be shared widely in the community. 

The students will gain through the very practice of interacting with personnel from the City of Ann Arbor, the staff and members of the Washtenaw County Parks and recreation Commission, the Washtenaw Drain Commission Office and the University of Michigan Transportation planners. The students will communicate their work in stages to the members of the Board of Directors and members of the Advisory Council of the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy. 

This effort may result in a paper for a professional conference or a journal if the project team produces a useful and professionally solid product.  In addition, this activity is a real project that has momentum that has been a concept for a number of years in the community.  It will expose students to a variety of folks: local government, rail road company, home owners, small business people, major research university, mixed traffic types (pedestrians, rail, and vehicle) in an urban setting, as well as all the natural resource issues including flood plain management of the floodway and flood plain along the Allen Creek Drain.

Ann Arbor, MI Jonathan Bulkley Past Project
Visions of Argo: Alternative Futures for Ann Arbor's Riverfront (2008) Huron River Watershed Council Ann Arbor, MI, USA Joan Nassauer and Dave Allan Past Project
Water for All: Sustainable Solutions for Reducing and Utilizing Sarvajal's Reverse Osmosis Brine in Northwestern India (2012) Piramal Water Private Ltd, -- a leading social enterprise in India (under the brand Sarvajal, Water for all)

Piramal Water is a highly visible social enterprise, dealing with an emergent issue that is gaining unprecedented traction in the social impact community.   The organization is extremely pragmatic and swift in implementation.

Any individual who chooses to engage with this project will:

  • Get to work immediately and directly on a real world problem with applications far beyond the realm of Piramal Water
  • Will have ample opportunity to take initiative to present solutions at relevant venues and source assistance from wherever possible
  • Will have significant latitude to determine the strategy and approach to resolving the issue, and will be giving a mandate to execute on the strategy
  • Will have access to the social enterprise community and networks represented by Piramal Water, an award winning social enterprise (http://www.sankalpforum.com/Sankalp/winnersbio.php?wid=7)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Ming Xu Past Project
Water Resource Management at the Mpala Conservancy (Laikipia District, Kenya) Mpala Wildlife Foundation

This is a great opportunity for a systems thinking approach to problem-solving, which is useful for any professional ambition.  There are several conferences about development in Africa, and the students will also find resources in other academic and professional realms where these types of efforts are and have been made.  So there will be plenty of knowledge to tap into.  This is also a great opportunity to learn the extent and limitations of renewable energy sources on a small scale, urban infrastructure, social dynamics and acceptance of new technologies and processes, developing world experience and economic and environmental analysis.

Laikipia District, Kenya Don Scavia Past Project
Water Sensitive Design Urban Design and Ecological Landsape Design in Hebei, China (2016) SPD Planning & Design Corporation Hebei, China Ming Xu Past Project
Working at the Landscape Scale: Lessons from the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Planning Process (2016) Bureau of Land Management Sacramento, CaliforniaRoughly 22.5 million acres of federal, state, and private land in the Mojave and Colorado desert regions of southern California. Steve Yaffee Past Project
Workplace Engagement around Stewardship and Recycling in a Healthcare Setting (2016) Beaumont Health System (BHS) Royal Oak, Michigan Kim Wolske and Michaela Zint Past Project