The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Patricia Koman, MPP, Ph.D.
Research Investigator, Environmental Health Sciences
The University of Michigan

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, Thursday, March 28, 2019


Come join us to hear from Trish Koman on her research to help create healthier communities, the health effects of global climate change, and what we can do about it.

Trish Koman leads community-engaged research to create healthier communities. Trish draws on over 20 years of public service as a senior environmental scientist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working mainly to improve air quality. She was part of the leadership team for the US EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, where she initiated a partnership to reduce diesel emissions at U.S. marine ports and helped create the Clean School Bus USA partnership program to protect children’s health. Trish managed multi-disciplinary benefit-cost analyses, regulatory programs, and technological innovation initiatives. Her air quality and policy analyses formed the rationale for setting landmark national ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter, which withstood a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been recognized with four Gold Medals for exceptional service to the country and an EPA Administrator award for excellence.

In partnership with community groups, Trish led an environmental education effort in Flint, Michigan. Trish received a University of Michigan Provost award for innovation in teaching.

Recycling and Composting: Why We Do It

Anya Dale, Sustainability Representative
Tracy Artley, Sustainability Programs Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
The University of Michigan

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Come join us as the Office of Campus Sustainability shares an overview of waste reduction programs on campus, why it matters, and how you can be involved. Among other fascinating things, you’ll learn what goes into which (landfill, recycle, compost) bin and why! There will be plenty of time for Q & A, and maybe even some games and prizes!

Tracy Artley is the project manager for the President’s waste and recycling standardization initiative through the Office of Campus Sustainability. She develops and implement plans to roll out new standards to campus by partnering with students, faculty & staff to ensure compliance with regulations, recycling best practices and individual building requirements. Finally, she leads all project communication efforts to both the project stakeholder working group and targeted buildings.
Anya Dale is the Sustainability Rep at the University of Michigan Office for Campus Sustainability. She helps to coordinate campus partners to reduce synthetic chemical applications on campus grounds, promotes waste reduction and diversion across campus, and coordinates and leads the Zero Waste Events Program. She is also the liaison to Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) and helps to develop programs to encourage diversion of construction and demolition waste and track C & D data. Lastly, she helps to educate the university community on best practices in environmental sustainability.

Enabling the Good Food Movement

Sara Soderstrom
Assistant Professor,
Organizational Studies & Program in the Environment,
University of Michigan

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, December 12, 2018


In promoting social change, organizations benefit from diverse membership, yet diversity is difficult to achieve. Using data collected over a 15-month field study, we examined how a social movement organization (SMO), FoodLab, mobilized a diverse collective of entrepreneurs, aligned with the good food movement. FoodLab articulated a vision for an imagined future of a diverse good food economy in Detroit that aligned movement goals and entrepreneurs’ livelihoods. This vision supported diverse recruitment, and the organization facilitated dialogue among participants. These structured interactions with norms of questions, stories, and respectful interaction, helped build collective identity and foster diverse collective action. FoodLab’s substantive commitment to diversity enabled growth of the diverse collective through social networks.

Sara Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Studies & Program in the Environment at University of Michigan. She is core faculty at the Erb Institute. In her research, Sara aims to contribute an organizational perspective on how society develops solutions to critical global sustainability challenges. Sara studies how individuals within organizations mobilize others, develop coalitions, and access critical resources when they are trying to implement sustainability initiatives. Sara completed her PhD at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Erb Institute at UM. Prior to her graduate work at Kellogg, Sara worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and led a business transformation team at Auto Club Group. She holds MSE degrees in Chemical & Environmental Engineering and a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from UM.

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