About > CEE Earth Day Teach-Ins
Fifty years ago, U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” in March, 1970. The five-day event served as a model for the first Earth Day celebrations held nationwide the following month on April 22. Today, concerns about our environment are more urgent than ever. Join the University of Michigan March 9–14 as Earth Day at 50, a yearlong commemoration of that event, comes to a crescendo with speakers, teach-ins and activities across campus and various Ann Arbor venues.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to have four faculty members host a teach-in during this commemoration. Each teach-in will demonstrate how we are focused on tackling environmental issues from climate change to sustainability. These events are free and open to the public – please join us in support of Earth Day!
Financing the Sustainability Enterprise
Monday, March 9, 2020 – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Michigan Union, 2210BC (2nd floor)
Sustainability (environmental, social & governance values) is not ‘a thing’ but ‘the way we do things’. It is about mainstreaming sustainability. To communicate this we will be talking about integration of sustainability metrics and values at three levels of implementation:
Achieving One Water and the Circular Economy
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, Conference Room
The One Water concept is the integrated planning and management of finite water resources to meet the long term needs of both society and our ecosystems. As a society we need to not only improve the management of our water resources, we should also explore how valuable resources can be recovered from our water. This teach-in will explore the connections between our drinking water, wastewater, and natural water systems in order to better manage our water resources and recover valuable products. In recent years researchers have focused on recovering valuable products such as fertilizers from our waste streams in order to develop more sustainable products and conserve finite resources. We will explore this topic and many more in this teach-in. Specifically, this program will dive in to interesting topics such as:
You can expect to learn about the engineered water cycle, how you can reduce your food/water waste, nutrient recycling, and new technologies and approaches to recover valuable resources from our water and wastewater!
Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: CO2 Utilization & Sequestration Through Engineering Solutions
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Michigan League, Michigan Room (2nd floor)
Combating climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing today’s society, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering has recognized the need to mitigate emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as one of this century’s grand engineering challenges. Such action is needed to prevent potentially catastrophic shifts in regional temperatures, precipitation patterns, and sea level rise. This teach-in will introduce several emerging opportunities to (1) sequester human-derived CO2 emissions and (2) directly utilize CO2 to create value-added products. Topics will include geologic sequestration of CO2, use of CO2 to produce geothermal energy and store surplus renewable energy in subsurface reservoirs, and direct utilization of CO2 in durable concrete infrastructure products. The presentation will include several hands-on activities to explore these processes and discuss how we can leverage such engineering solutions to slow climate change.
Picking collaboration over fighting: Climate Change & the Natural and the Built Environment
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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The built environment is responsible for over half of all man-made CO2 emissions. In this teach-in, we will explore the impacts of the built environment on climate change, and the impacts of climate change on the built environment. We will learn how various policy, design, and technologies may be deployed to mitigate these impacts. The teach-in will include a combination of presentations and panel interaction with participants. Speakers include Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor; Matt Grocoff, Principal of THRIVE Collaborative; Devki Desai, project engineer in HOK’s structural engineering group in New York City; and Victor Li, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, U-M.