FIRSTS

NPPC launched to lead P2 education

  • National Pollution Prevention Center for Higher Education (NPPC), established in 1991 by competitive grant from US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Developed and disseminated P2 education resources nationally
  • Click here to watch the NPPC Overview video [11:51 minutes].

University Record_1991-10-01 National Pollution Prevention Center established

Announcement of NPPC grant by US EPA at the Michigan League, 1991

Creation of Sustainable Systems concept NPPC --> CSS

  • In 1997, coined the term “sustainable systems”
  • In 1999, transitioned to the Center for Sustainable Systems

 

Sustainability Framework: Drivers for Transforming Systems

Levers for enhancing sustainability of systems

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Original logo...do you see the seven design elements embedded in this image?
Person caring for the Earth | Person reading a book | A river flowing (also the book) | Mountains (also an “M” for Michigan)
Two pine trees (under the mountains) | Sun or the Moon (rising above the mountains) | Cycling of resources

 

Innovative interdisciplinary sustainability education

Engineering Sustainable Systems chart of specializations

Initial dual degree specializations between Engineering and SEAS

Ongoing pioneer of Systems Analysis tools & applications

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