To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the University of Michigan, the Dow Sustainability Fellows program includes a competition for applied sustainability projects that cut across disciplines and academic levels, and involve U-M students at all academic levels.
The Dow Distinguished Awards are loosely modeled after the successful MCubed program in that it provides seed funding to nurture a wide range of project ideas. In January of each year, the program issues a call for proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort to foster sustainability at the local, national, or global level. Proposals should be action oriented and outline a new product, service, or project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for present and future generations. The program encourages proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to: energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, etc. Project proposals in partnership with external entities are also welcome. As there are other U-M student award programs that recognize efforts to implement sustainability improvements directed at the U-M campus, the Dow Awards program is instead focused on improvements beyond the campus environment.