Four Teams of graduate students at the University of Michigan have won Dow Distinguished Awards to pursue projects dealing with sustainability solutions.
Three of the winning teams will work on projects in Southeast Michigan, and the fourth is heading up a water management project in India.
Drew Horning is Deputy Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. He says one of the winning proposals is the retrofitting of a 112-year-old house in Ann Arbor to be self-sustaining.
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.
He says these projects have the ability to impact how we address and implement sustainability solutions in the future.
Beth Gibbons is Project Manager of Great Lakes Adaptation and Assessment for Cities at the Graham Institute.
She says a Sustainability Town Hall event takes place Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. There is also a climate-change related tour at the Nichols Arboretum Thursday from 10 am until 12pm, starting at the Reader's Center.