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2017 Sustainability Progress Report

Student Engagement

U-M students are embarking on a powerful journey of learning — within and beyond the classroom — that spans disciplines and instills the knowledge and skills required to become future sustainability leaders.

Academic Programs

Straw House: Locally sourced, student-built

Twenty-two U-M undergraduates created the first off-the-grid straw bale structure using ancient building techniques located on a hilltop overlooking Douglas Lake at the U-M Biological Station. Led by professor, Joe Trumpey, an associate professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the Program in the Environment, the project is part of…

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America’s number one team

In an innovative, bullet-shaped car, the U-M Solar Car Team took a historic second place finish in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, an 1,800-mile race across the Australian Outback, marking their most successful finish at this international event in team history. Clouds, high winds and overnight thunderstorms added to the challenge and excitement of the…

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  • 60 student groups represent the Student Sustainability Initiative