Climate Change and Health: Readiness and Resilience

Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Emergency Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

Room 3358 A/B of the Duderstadt Center, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Our climate is our planet’s life support system. Climate change influences human health and disease in numerous ways including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. As described in the Lancet Countdown report, some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge with a changing climate. Not everyone is equally at risk, and children are especially vulnerable. Preventive and adaptive actions are needed.

This is the webinar version of the presentation which is happening in the Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of Michigan.

More information is available here.

Dr. Salas is an emergency medicine physician who co-authored the U.S. portion of the Lancet Countdown report and The Climate Crisis — Health and Care Delivery in the New England Journal of Medicine. A panel of experts will present solutions from a variety of other universities who are reducing their carbon footprint in response to the urgent public health need.

How Green Teams Work

Jessi Cebulski
ECE Senior Administrative Assistant, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Brooke Sweeney
Office and Event Coordinator, Erb Institute

Melanie Ordway
Recruiting Coordinator, College of Engineering

The University of Michigan

Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, Monday, November 11, 2019

Green Teams are groups of concerned people in a unit at the University who are working to make their unit more green. These teams work to identify areas where changes can be made to “business as usual” in order to help reduce waste and improve recycling and composting. Jessi, Brooke, and Melanie will describe their Green Team experiences, and how their team helped to educate others about sustainability, and improve their work spaces. Examples of what you can do to help in your unit will be given, and even how to start your own.

Jessi Cebulski Is an ECE Admin Senior at University of Michigan College of Engineering and in her spare time helps to make her workplace greener as part of her unit’s Green Team. She was also part of the Green Team at her former position in the Ross School of Business.
Brooke Sweeney leads administrative organization and event strategy for the Erb Institute. She works with internal and external stakeholders to deliver dynamic and impactful events to facilitate meaningful conversations and outputs. In her role, Brooke is focused on driving the institute’s events, affiliated events and office suite toward a more zero waste mentality.
Melanie Ordway organizes and manages job postings and prepares campus interview materials. She also identifies needs of employers and determines appropriate preparation measures for their visits to campus. And besides Managing reservations for interview rooms and other networking events, she also evaluates employer accounts and job postings. She is also in charge of creating weekly flyers to publicize office events (company events, workshops, etc.).

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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.

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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.

The video of the meeting is below:

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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