Ashley Wilson, an incoming senior at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, presented her fundraising project at the annual Development Summer Internship Showcase, which took place Aug. 4 at Palmer Commons. As an intern at the School of Education, she was one of 27 students who participated in the 11th Development Summer Internship Program in the Office of University Development. Each intern works on a project in a different school, college or unit and earns credit for a course in philanthropy. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)
Make an event zero waste
More than a third of the waste generated on U-M's Ann Arbor campus can be composted. This video explains how the Zero Waste Program provides assistance and resources for event planners to use recyclable or compostable materials to divert waste from the landfill. The effort supports U-M's goal to reduce waste sent to landfills by 40 percent by 2025.
Robotic underwater lab
A new tool to safeguard drinking water is now keeping a watchful eye on Lake Erie. A robotic lake-bottom laboratory is tracking the levels of dangerous toxins produced by algae that bloom each summer in the lake’s western basin. This video explores the collaboration between U-M's Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.
Cool Project in Cuba
The Erb Institute's effort to promote sustainability through the power of business includes a program called "Cool Projects." In this video, dual master's degree student Nick Barret explains how the program allowed him to travel to Cuba to learn more about how that country's renewable energy future might lie in the development of biomass power generation using sugarcane as a fuel source.
Straw bale house
Twenty-two U-M undergraduates, led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art, of natural resources, and of environment, used 200 bales of straw and some mud to build U-M's first off-the-grid structure. Poised on a hilltop overlooking Douglas Lake at the U-M Biological Station, it is the university's first foray into straw bale building, and the first student-built structure in more than 100 years. In this video, Trumpey describes how it came to be.