Earth Day at 50: Researchers discuss sustainability efforts, advancing solutions

In March 1970, University of Michigan students held the first “Teach-In on the Environment,” which was the model for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Now, 50 years later, U-M is marking the anniversary by  bringing people together to explore how we can create a better future for our planet. 

U-M researchers are committed to enhancing sustainability efforts and advancing solutions to address human-influenced global climate change—from research on carbon sequestering, to studying new energy resources, to encouraging individuals to be citizen-scientists. 

Learn more from researchers in the Earth Day at 50 Michigan Minds podcast series. 

Adam Simon on the Future of Energy Sources

Andrew Gronewold on Water Resource Management

Victor Li on the Built Environment

Chanese Forte on Environmental Health

Dominic Bednar on Energy Poverty

Glen Daigger on Environmental Engineering

Trish Koman on Community-Engaged Research


While most Earth Day at 50 events have been canceled as part of U-M’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Earth Day at 50 Teach Out” is still being conducted online. Learn more about the Teach Out at


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