2016 Sustainability Progress Report


At U-M, many disciplines come together to solve complex sustainability challenges and improve lives on local-to-global scales through innovative discoveries in the following areas:


Microplastics in the Great Lakes

Female scientists from the U.S. and Canada, including two from U-M, set sail on all five Great Lakes to conduct the world’s largest simultaneous sampling of aquatic plastic debris pollution.

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An untraditional fertilizer

U-M researchers are leading a $3 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to convert human urine into a safe fertilizer for agricultural crops.

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Climate adaptation

The Great Lakes Integrated and Assessments project, managed by the School of Natural Resources and Environment, serves as a bridge between the research community and practitioners in the field by providing useful and useable information, informed by science.

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  • $65.6 million in research conducted by U-M sustainability experts in FY16