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Commemorative Week of Action
March 9-14, 2020

Fifty years ago, in March 1970, U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In.” The five-day event served as a model for the first Earth Day celebrations held nationwide. Earth Day at 50, our year-long commemoration of that event, will come to a crescendo this week as we feature a wide range of events, teach-ins and activities across campus and at various Ann Arbor venues.

Earth Day 2020: Rise up for the Environment & Peter M. Wege Lecture

March 12, 2020 | 5:30 PM
Hill Auditorium

A special double event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and looking towards the future.

The event kicks off with the Peter M. Wege Lecture presenting environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Jr.. This multi-Emmy-nominated TV host, environmentalist, author and social entrepreneur is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

For the second half of the program, units across U-M are partnering with community organizations to co-host a collaborative event, Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment, featuring musical performances and dynamic sustainability and environmental justice leaders. Among the participants: Naomi Klein, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Heather McTeer Toney, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Abdul El-Sayed, Rep. Andy Levin, Bryan Newland, Mari “Little Miss Flint” Copeny, and others.

This event is free and open to the public, but is expected to be filled at capacity. Tickets are required. Please note there is a single ticket for the Wege Lecture and the Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment event.

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Michigan Climate Action Summit

March 12, 2020
Michigan Union

Spearheaded by the Mcihigan Climate Action Network, this summit will bring together the general public, climate advocates, activists, and policymakers to set a bold agenda for Michigan to move forward on climate and justice.

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Teach-Ins for the Environment

Capturing the spirit of the first teach-ins in 1970, the 2020 Teach-ins for the Environment are aimed at tackling the biggest challenges of our time. They are practical, participatory and oriented toward action. All teach-ins are free and open to the public.
  • 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, Vice President for Research and Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute
  • FestiFools/FoodMoon's "FossilFools": Luminary Sculpture Hands-On Workshop

    March 9, 2020 | 2-6 p.m.
    Palmer Commons - 3rd Floor
    Mark Tucker, Academic Program Officer Intermediate, Lloyd Hall Scholars and Lecturer II in Lloyd Hall Scholars, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • The Climate Consequences of Nuclear War

    March 9, 2020 | 10:30a.m.-12 p.m.
    1401 TISCH Hall
    Mark Moldwin, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Director Academic Programs, Undergraduate Education and Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering
  • The TOMS Effect & Sustainable Business Models

    March 9, 2020 | 12:30-2 p.m.
    1401 TISCH Hall
    Dr. Elizabeth Ferszt, Lecturer Comprehensive Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Achieving One Water and the Circular Economy

    March 10, 2020 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    CSRB 2238 on North Campus (Climate and Space Research Building)
    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
  • 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
  • Picking collaboration over fighting: Climate Change & the Natural and the Built Environment

    March 11, 2020 | 12-2 p.m.
    Location TBD
    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
  • 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
  • 50 Years Forward: An Interdisciplinary Policy Approach to Climate Change

    March 27, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    1120 Weill Hal
    Kristin Prestel, Student, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

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