Graham Sustainability Institute http://wemu.org en Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms http://wemu.org/post/better-farming-practices-needed-avoid-algae-blooms <p>If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.</p><p>Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.</p><p>Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:53:20 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48843 at http://wemu.org Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms Study To Help Residents Of Great Lakes Region Deal With Changing Water Levels http://wemu.org/post/study-help-residents-great-lakes-region-deal-changing-water-levels <p>The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is launching a study to determine how best to help people in the Great Lakes region deal with changing water levels.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:36:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 43523 at http://wemu.org Study To Help Residents Of Great Lakes Region Deal With Changing Water Levels Michigan Grad Students win Dow Distinguished Awards http://wemu.org/post/michigan-grad-students-win-dow-distinguished-awards <p>Four Teams of graduate students at the University of Michigan have won <a href="http://sustainability.umich.edu/news/dow-award-winners"><strong>Dow Distinguished Awards</strong></a> to pursue projects dealing with sustainability solutions.&nbsp;</p><p>Three of the winning teams will work on projects in Southeast Michigan, and the fourth is heading up a water management project in India.&nbsp;</p><p>Drew Horning is Deputy Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute.&nbsp; He says one of the winning proposals is the retrofitting of a 112-year-old house in Ann Arbor to be self-sustaining.<br /><br />Horning says other winning projects include a pilot project aimed at enabling energy efficiency in rental properties in Ann Arbor, a greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Detroit, and water demand management for improved adaptation by small farmers in India.</p><p>He says these projects have the ability to impact how we address and implement sustainability solutions in the future.</p><p><span style="font-family: 'nimbus sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">For more information about the Dow Distinguished Awards in Sustainability, visit the U-M Planet Blue website at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 86, 150); font-family: 'nimbus sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">http://sustainability.umich.edu/education/dow</a><span style="font-family: 'nimbus sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:01:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 37907 at http://wemu.org Michigan Grad Students win Dow Distinguished Awards Graham Sustainability Institute marks Climate Adaptation Week http://wemu.org/post/graham-sustainability-institute-marks-climate-adaptation-week <p>The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is marking Climate Adaptation Week.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://sustainability.umich.edu/events/climate-adaptation-week-graham-institute"><strong>Two free events highlight ongoing climate change adaptation projects at the institute.&nbsp;</strong></a></p><p>Beth Gibbons is Project Manager of Great Lakes Adaptation and Assessment for Cities at the Graham Institute.<br /><br />She says a Sustainability Town Hall event takes place Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.&nbsp; There is also a climate-change related tour at the Nichols Arboretum Thursday from 10 am until&nbsp;12pm, starting at the Reader's Center.&nbsp;</p><p>More information at&nbsp;<a href="http://graham.umich.edu">graham.umich.edu</a>.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:31:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 37275 at http://wemu.org U-of-M Boasts New Online Sustainability Journal http://wemu.org/post/u-m-boasts-new-online-sustainability-journal <p>A new online journal launched this week by the University of Michigan&#39;s Graham Sustainability Institute makes academic sustainability research easier to understand and use.&nbsp;</p><p>Institute Doctoral Fellow and and Michigan Sustainability Journal Editor Nicholas Rajkovich says the journal grew out of a conversation between students on where they could publish their research.<br /><br />Rajkovich says policy makers and stake holders in different communities can use the Michigan Sustainability Journal to help them make decisions.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:29:50 +0000 Bob Eccles 35868 at http://wemu.org