Energy Faculty

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Sarah Mills is a Senior Project Manager at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and at the Graham Sustainability Institute, where she manages the university’s partnership with the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy. At CLOSUP she has also managed for the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) and the Center’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative.

Dr. Mills’ research considers how renewable energy development impacts rural communities, the disparate reactions of rural landowners to such projects, and how state and local policies facilitate or hinder renewable energy deployment. She also teaches the Ford School’s graduate course on renewable energy policy at the state and local level. She has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, a master’s in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.


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