A team of researchers are testing whether they can safely make fertilizer for food crops out of disinfected human urine. In addition to reducing nutrients in water, recycling urine could streamline waste treatment. It could head off the emerging issue of pharmaceutical contamination, curb water use and even lessen the need to manufacture synthetic fertilizer.
LED light bulbs are getting cheaper and more energy efficient every year. Our study recommends replacing all incandescent and halogen light bulbs in your home now with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs. Watch a video abstract of the Environmental Research Letters article.
Refrigeration is expanding worldwide and has notable environmental impacts. CSS researchers find that "cold chain" studies rarely address non-direct impacts, ranging from its influence on consumer choices to supply chain operations and resource use. Research gaps and essential considerations for future work are identified.
SEAS hosted a grand celebration in honor of the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) - 25 years, 200 projects, 500 publications, 2,000 participants, and impact across the globe!
The CSS founders provide a retrospective view of the top ten achievements of the Center during the first 25 years.
As part of a 4-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, a 3-part video is available to any individual interested in learning about the consequences and benefits of offshore wind turbines in the Great Lakes.
Energy storage can pave the way for renewable energy integration, reduced grid infrastructure costs and improved sustainability. CSS and Chemical Engineering researchers developed 12 fundamental principles for the design, operation and grid application of energy storage to systematically approach this complex topic.
Sustainability Without Borders, a UM student organization sponsored by the CSS, is developing and deploying sustainable energy, water, and agricultural technologies in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world. Students in Liberia work along side students from University of Michigan to promote environmental, social, and economic development in the region.