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U-M First Division 1 Campus to Receive
Environmental Certification

Eight U-M departments have collectively earned The Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) certification for reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers. This certification is awarded to those who encourage strategies to prevent pollution and recognize environmentally sound management practices.

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Dentistry Team

U-M Dow Sustainability Fellows Program Awards Seed Grants to 15 Student Teams

The Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability awarded $5,000, a total of $75,000, in seed grants for each student-led team at the University with innovative sustainable solutions. Each team works collaboratively with at least three distinct disciplines, a U-M faculty advisor, and community or organizational partners.

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Great Lakes

U-M Awarded $20M for Federally Funded
Great Lakes Research Institute

Thanks to a $20 million grant, U-M now has a new institute charged with the sustainable management of the Great Lakes. The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research will focus on: the observation of systems and advanced technology, invasive species and food-web ecology, hydrometeorological and ecosystem forecasting, and the protection and restoration of resources.

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Campus Farms

Hands-On Learning Opportunities at the Campus
Farm Build Community

U-M's Campus Farm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens introduces students with or without gardening or environmental experience to the current food system and the awareness of food issues. To help manage the living-learning laboratory near campus, U-M alumnus Jeremy Moghtader returns to the University as the new manager of Campus Farms.

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U-M students Discover Larger Bumblebee
Populations in Detroit

Native bumblebee populations within the state of Michigan are declining in numbers and diversity. U-M students conducting the study wanted to understand the effects of urban development on the native bee populations. The team suspects that large numbersof vacant lots and residential properties in Detroit are boosting bumblebee populations.

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Keith Soster

MDining Moves Closer to 20% Local Purchase Goal

As part of the University’s 2025 Sustainability Initiative, M-Dining has been purchasing local and sustainable food for the dining halls since 2006. Now spending 12.7% of its $15 million dollar budget on local and sustainable foods, M-Dining is moving closer to purchasing 20% of its supplies in local foods.

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The Conversation

U-M Sustainability Faculty Post New Blogs to
"The Conversation"

Professor Arun Agrawal from the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) discusses responses to the Paris Agreement from countries such as India. Professor Andrew Hoffman from The Ross School of Business and SEAS discusses future directions for scientists and academics within politics.

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Campus Farms

Campus Farm Planning to Sell Food to University Dining Halls

The Campus Farm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, a student-run food system initiative, has recently received a grant from Ford Motor Company to install in-ground production beds, an irrigation system, and a washing station. With these new installations, the Campus Farm is planning to become certified to sell local, sustainable produce to M-Dining.

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