This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, first held in 1970, and U-M has a wide range of events planned. Everyone should check out the special Earth Day at 50 website that U-M has set up for the occasion. Activities shift into high gear right after spring break with a Commemorative Week of Action, March 9-14, including in-person teach-ins and online teach-outs as well as special seminars, forums and other happenings.
A number of Energy Institute faculty affiliates are leading events, including:
- Greg Less, technical director of the Battery Lab at UMEI, offering a teach-out on batteries and sustainability.
- John DeCicco of UMEI, leading a teach-in on “Automobile efficiency: challenges and opportunities for addressing a major part of CO2 emissions,” Monday March 9, 12:00 noon in Room 1690 at the School of Public Health (SPH I).
- Gregory Keoleian of SEAS, leading a teach-in on “Charting Courses Toward Carbon Neutrality at University of Michigan,” Tuesday March 10, 8:00 am in Room 1028 of the Dana Building.
- Sarah Mills of the Ford School of Public Policy, leading a teach-in on “Public Perceptions of Renewable Energy in Michigan: How to Constructively Advocate at the Local Level,” Tuesday March 10, 10:30 am in Room 5240 Weill Hall.
- Trish Koman of the School of Public Health, leading a “Climate Change and Health Summit on Resilience and Readiness,” Tuesday March 10, 12:00 noon in Dow Auditorium at the Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education.
- Victor Li of Civil and Environmental Engineering, leading a teach-in on “Picking collaboration over fighting: Climate Change & the Natural and the Built Environment” Wednesday March 11, 12:00 noon, location TBD.
- Todd Allen, Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, leading a teach-in on “The Fastest Path to Zero Carbon Emissions: Building an Exemplar for Deploying Clean Energy” on Friday March 13, 9:30 am in White Auditorium, G906 Cooley Building.
- Johanna Mathieu of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, leading a teach-in on “How the Power Grid Works: Challenges in Integrating More Renewable Energy & Solutions” Friday March 13, 10:00 am in EECS 3316.
Other highlights include the Michigan Climate Action Summit and the the Earth Day at 50 Double Bill, including Peter M. Wege Lecture, featuring Philippe Cousteau, Jr., and a Rise Up For the Environment program featuring a slate of notable speakers and environmental justice leaders, both on March 12. Check in regularly at the Earth Day at 50 website, where updates and new events are posted on an ongoing basis.