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Sarah B. Mills


Faculty Affiliate

Graham Sustainability Institute

  • Ph.D. Urban & Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2015
  • M.Phil. Engineering for Sustainable Development,University of Cambridge, 2005
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University, 2004
Office Location
625 E Liberty St, Ste 300, Ann Arbor MI 48109-2013
Research Interests

As the Senior Project Manager for Graham’s Climate + Energy activities, Sarah manages UM's partnership with the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy, helping communities across the state consider energy in their land use planning, zoning, and other policymaking. Through this work, she is developing templates, case studies, and other guidance documents that can help local governments across the state set policies related to clean energy.

Sarah also conducts research at the intersection of energy policy and land use planning--especially in rural communities.  Her current work focuses on how renewable energy development impacts rural communities (positively and negatively), the disparate reactions of rural landowners to wind and solar projects, and how state and local policies facilitate or hinder renewable energy deployment.