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Teach-Ins for the Environment Series



March 09, 2020 at 12:00pm to March 13, 2020 at 4:00pm


Various Venus at University of Michigan


School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan

Capturing the spirit of the first teach-ins, Teach-In for the Environment 2020 is aimed at tackling the biggest challenges of our time. The workshops listed below are practical, participatory and oriented toward action.

All teach-ins are free and open to the public.

Visit the U of M event page for the latest information and verify before you commit your time!


  • Automobile efficiency: challenges and opportunities for addressing a major part of CO2 emissions

    March 9, 2020 | 12-2 p.m.
    SPH I, Rm. 1690
    John DeCicco, Associate Director and Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute

  • FestiFools/FoodMoon's "FossilFools": Luminary Sculpture Hands-On Workshop

    March 9, 2020-March 10, 2020 | 2 - 6 pm on March 9 and 8 - 10 pm on March 10
    Palmer Commons - 3rd Floor
    Mark Tucker, Art Director/Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts/Founder of FestiFools and FoolMoon
  • Financing the Sustainability Enterprise

    March 9, 2020 | 4-6 p.m.
    Michigan Union, 2210BC (2nd floor)
    Peter Adriaens, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Professor of Environment and Sustainability, School for Environment and Sustainability, Director of the Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance
  • Women in Climate Justice and Decolonization

    March 9, 2020 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    1040 Dana Building
    Panelists: Thea Riofrancos, Professor, Providence College, co-author of "A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal"; Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, Independent Researcher, Winner of the 2015 Rachel Carson award and Ruth Breech, Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner, Rainforest Action Network
  • The Climate Consequences of Nuclear War

    March 9, 2020 | 10:30a.m.-12 p.m.
    Climate and Science Research Bldg., 2238
    Mark Moldwin, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Director Academic Programs, Undergraduate Education and Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Achieving One Water and the Circular Economy

    March 10, 2020 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, Conference Room
    Nancy G. Love, Borchardt and Glysson Collegiate Professor and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Charting Courses Toward Carbon Neutrality at University of Michigan

    March 10, 2020 | 8-10 a.m.
    Dana Bldg., Rm. 1028
    Gregory Keoleian, Peter M Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems, Professor of Sustainable Systems, School for Environment and Sustainability and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Climate Change and Health Summit – Resilience and Readiness

    March 10, 2020 | 12-1:30 p.m.
    Dow Auditorium, UM Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education
    Trish Koman, Research Investigator, Environmental Health Sciences
    Please RSVP here for this event
  • Green Decarceration: The Intersection of Climate Justice and Criminal Justice Reform

    March 10, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm
    Location TBD
    Nora Krinitsky, Project Coordinator and Lecturer I in the Residential College, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Public Perceptions of Renewable Energy in Michigan: How to Constructively Advocate at the Local Level

    March 10, 2020 | 10:30-12 p.m.
    Weill Hall (Ford School), Room 5240
    Sarah Mills, Senior Research Area Specialist, Intermittent Lecturer in Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy and Intermittent Lecturer in the Program for the Environment, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: CO2 Utilization & Sequestration Through Engineering Solutions

    March 11, 2020 | 8-9:30 a.m.
    Michigan League, Michigan Room (2nd floor)
    Brian Ellis, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Picking collaboration over fighting: Climate Change & the Natural and the Built Environment

    March 11, 2020 | 12-2 p.m.
    Michigan League Room D (3rd Floor)
    Victor Li, James R Rice Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, E Benjamin Wylie Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Youth Activism, Then and Now: Student activists from several generations on youth activism and environmental justice

    March 11, 2020 | 4 – 5:10 pm
    1040 Dana Building
    An informal dialogue with student activists from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. Panelists will discuss strategies used to change institutions, the centrality of environmental justice in organizing, and how things have changed through the years.
  • Fastest Path to Zero Carbon Emissions: Building an Exemplar for Deploying Clean Energy

    March 13, 2020 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    White Auditorium (G906 Cooley)
    Todd Allen, Glenn F and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering
  • Healthy & Sustainable Foods and Products

    March 13, 2020 | 2-4pm
    SPH I 3755
    Olivier Jolliet Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and Katerina Sylianou
  • How the Power Grid Works: Challenges in Integrating More Renewable Energy & Solutions

    March 13, 2020 | 10-12 a.m.
    EECS 3316
    Johanna Mathieu, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

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