Jonathan W. Bulkley

Professor Emeritus


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (political science)MS, Massachusetts Instutitute of Technology (civil engineering)BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (civil engineering) BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (political science)  


Jonathan W. Bulkley, Ph.D.,served as the Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems, professor of resources policy in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. He retired from active faculty status in Summer 2011.

Following two years of active duty in the U.S. Army, he joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1968 as an assistant professor in the SNRE and assistant professor in the College of Engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1977. From 1991-98, he was director of the National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education, located at the University of Michigan, and in 1998 he was appointed co-director of the Center for Sustainable Systems in the SNRE. He held the Peter M. Wege Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Systems from 2000- 11.

  • 1993-1995: AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow with research support from the AT&T Foundation. Multi-objective planning techniques and risk reduction concepts serve as the basic orientation for my research efforts.
  • Grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to benchmark state wet weather regulatory policies throughout the country.


"Wege Surprise Honors Dr. Jonathan Bulkley"
Service to the Profession Award from the Planning and Management Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Named Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Systems

Select publications: 

"Measuring Progress: Developing Standard Campus Performance Metrics," with Ben Nicholson and Greg Keoleian, in Campus Ecology Connection, Vol. 11, Issue 1, National Wildlife Federation, Spring 2000.

"Watershed Planning and Management: Institutional Realities," with Sari Sommarstrom. In Proceedings: Watershed Management & Operations Management 2000. June 2000. EWRI and ASCE Ft. Collins, CO.

"The State of Michigan's General Storm Water Discharge Permit: An Innovative Approach Contributing to Watershed Planning and Management," In Proceedings: Living Downstream in the Next Millennium: Reconciling Watershed Concerns with Basin Management. August 2000. UCOWR, New Orleans, LA.

"Watershed Planning and Management: New Processes and Procedures," with Sari Sommarstrom, In Proceedings, World Water & Environmental Resources Congress, EWRI, Orlando, Florida. May 20-24, 2001.

"Risk Assessment/Critical Infrastructure," presented at the Workshop on Critical Infrastructure: Needs in Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Training, sponsored by the NSF and OSTP. White House Conference Center, Washington, D.C. June 14 and 15, 2001.


Member, Automobile Advisory Pollution Prevention Project (State of Michigan, U.S. EPA, Auto Companies, Environmental Groups) (1994-1998)
Member, Steering Committee; Michigan Auto Project. A collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and DamilerChrysler Corporation (1999-)
Member, Executive Committee. Water Resources Planning and Management Division, ASCE (1997-2002).
Chairman, Water Resources Planning and Management Council. Environmental and Water Resources Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (2009-2011).
Member, Environmental Advisory Board, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers (1995-1999) Served as Chair (1998-99).


Member, Michigan Environmental Science Board (1992-1995).
Monitor for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for three water pollution cases.
International Upper Great Lakes Study of the International Joint Commission (2007).
Served as a Member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Environmental Advisory Board, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army (1995-1999).

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