UMEI has taken an active role as a facilitator in university and regional efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and to explore grid futures. Below are student, staff and faculty projects related to this role.

Solar Microgrid Feasibility Study for City of Ann Arbor (2017) 

This study, conducted by a multidisciplinary team of students from the University of Michigan, assessed the feasibility of solar microgrid installations at sites owned by the city of Ann Arbor.

Download the white paper here: Toward Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan: 2025 and Beyond

Over the 2017-2018 academic year, students and student organizations, faculty, and staff fused into an informal working group called the Clean Wolverines to research deeper carbon emissions reductions at the University of Michigan. The effort culminated in a 120-guest conference on April 5th, 2018 with students, faculty, facility managers, representatives from the energy industry, sustainability practitioners from corporations, members of the local Ann Arbor energy community such as the City of Ann Arbor and the Ecology Center, and representatives from other universities.

A list of the Clean Wolverines student projects presented at the workshop is below:

Download the report here: An Investigation of Power Purchase Agreements for the University of Michigan: A Path to Carbon Neutrality

This extensive literature review, conducted by a team of Masters students at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, seeks to develop a cost curve for established, demonstrated, and speculative carbon removal methods. This report has been altered and expanded in cooperation with the Energy Institute.