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National Pollution Prevention Center (NPPC) 1991-1998

Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) 1999 -

The need for global solutions to environmental, social, and economic challenges is greater than ever. The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS), celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a permanent center within the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. For three decades, the CSS has led interdisciplinary research across the spectrum of global sustainability challenges. By pioneering new methods in life cycle analysis, design, and optimization, CSS researchers have made real impacts on the future of alternative vehicle technology, renewable energy systems, buildings and infrastructure, information technology, food and agricultural systems, and packaging alternatives. In addition to the nearly 300 research projects it has led, CSS contributes to interdisciplinary education at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels at the University of Michigan through curriculum development, internships, and research opportunities.

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