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    Now more than ever before, ours is a world of increasing collective risk.
    The environment is changing in rapid and unforeseen ways. Humans have altered
    the global cycles of key resources, including water, nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur.
    What we do – or fail to do – in the years ahead will affect generations to come.
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    Every day, SNRE works to protect the Earth’s resources
    and achieve a sustainable society. Our alumni, students, faculty,
    and staff fight on the front lines of the most pressing environmental challenges.
    At the same time, we equip future environmental leaders to tackle problems yet to come.
    Our community is united by our shared passion to change the world for the better.
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    At SNRE, we are committed to serving the Earth and its
    inhabitants by using education and research to solve environmental problems.
    We hope you will join us in that good fight.

CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW

To propel our mission forward, SNRE has joined the University’s capital campaign, Victors for Michigan. SNRE’s multi-year fundraising initiative aims to raise $40 million to provide tuition support for students, drive innovations in teaching and learning, and empower our passionate community to change the world.

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Join the fight for a better world

In many ways, SNRE is the birthplace of modern environmental education. Established in 1903 as the U-M Department of Forestry, in 1927 SNRE became one of the first schools of its kind in the country. Since then, SNRE has pioneered such pillars of modern environmental studies as environmental justice, environmental law, and environmental education, among others.

SNRE has led breakthroughs in environmental science, policy, and practice since its inception, and even hosted the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. By all accounts, the school’s contributions to protecting the Earth’s resources and achieving a sustainable society have had major, lasting, positive effects, domestically and across the globe.

We bring an entrepreneurial spirit to solving our planet’s toughest challenges. As a result, our 8,000 alumni working all over the world not only understand the scientific underpinnings of environmental problems, they can formulate solutions that are technically, economically, and socially feasible. That's environmental sustainability for the long term.

Partner with us to change the world

CAMPAIGN PROGRESS

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OPERATIONAL ENHANCEMENTS

Students

STUDENT SUPPORT

Goal: $16,050,000

At SNRE, positive student energy drives all that we do. It is central to carrying out our mission of global sustainability. Over the past century, we have built a community of creative scholars who are passionate about saving the world – natural leaders with the minds and hearts to make a difference.

As part of the University of Michigan, the top public research university in the nation, SNRE has a long and strong track record of attracting outstanding students who want and deserve the very best environmental education. Currently, however, SNRE’s tuition is higher than that of our peers. Our students’ indebtedness is trending up; however – with your help – we can reverse that trend.

Your gift will help attract the most talented, driven students to our community. You will allow them to focus on honing their skills and making research breakthroughs by reducing their financial concerns. You will help relieve those students’ post-graduation debt burdens, enabling them to pursue the careers they feel most enthusiastic about, regardless of salary.

Please help keep SNRE affordable for current and future students. With your support, we can increase the number of students who receive fellowships, as well as the size of fellowships we grant. Your gift for student support will directly impact the individuals who receive funding and elevate the SNRE community as a whole.

Thank you for considering a gift toward this top campaign priority.

 

Faculty research

FACULTY TALENT & RESEARCH

Goal: $15,000,000

SNRE leads the way in interdisciplinary, scalable, impact-driven environmental solutions. Through teaching and research, our faculty is the force behind much of our success in the sustainability arena.

A powerhouse of international brainpower and up-to-the-minute environmental expertise, the SNRE faculty is on the front lines of both the student experience and research breakthroughs. Both carry the potential to protect our planet’s natural resources on a global scale.

Passion is priceless. And yet, recruiting and retaining the world’s top environmental scholars requires the funds to allow them to pursue their revolutionary ideas and hypotheses not only to scientific solutions, but also to implement those solutions across the globe. Though we incubate exciting ideas and unearth novel findings, we lack ample resources to see them through. We need financial support to fully realize the impact of our community’s groundbreaking sustainability research.

Your gift for faculty talent and research will provide crucial funding for pioneering investigations in the natural sciences, social sciences, design, and engineering. You will support newly developed environmental interventions and pilot programs. And you will help move the global conversation forward on topics as fundamental as water, food, energy, climate, and habitat.

If you share our passion for bringing about positive environmental change, please consider a gift to this campaign priority.

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Students

CURRICULUM INNOVATION

Goal: $5,450,000

At SNRE, we put students first. After all, we are training the next generation of environmental leaders, the very professionals who have the potential to shape our planet’s future.

To transform passionate, eager students into empowered sustainability experts, the SNRE curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with innovative teaching methods in the lab, across the University of Michigan’s expansive landscape of nature preserves, and around the world through handcrafted internships and research projects. The outcomes of this approach are extremely worthwhile, but also extremely costly.

This campaign priority will allow us to encourage our professors – a group that is among the brightest, most respected faculties in the nation – to dream up their ideal coursework, and provide the financial and logistical support they need to make it a reality. Whether that means trooping students Up North for mushroom hunting, to the Great Lakes for collecting and analyzing water samples, or importing foreign soil samples for on-campus lab work, SNRE is committed to building the resources to make it happen.

Your gift for curriculum innovation will enable pedagogical creativity to continue at SNRE. You will help increase the number of courses that employ out-of-the-box teaching methods. You will help launch new courses that meet emerging needs. And you will provide students with skills and experiences that give them a competitive advantage in the workplace.

We welcome and appreciate your interest in supporting this campaign priority.

 

Empowering Students

OPERATIONAL ENHANCEMENTS

Goal: $3,500,000

At SNRE, we leverage opportunity. Our ability to do that rests on purposeful resource management.

Expendable, unrestricted gifts to SNRE’s annual fund form a foundation of support for initiatives such as student internships, scholarships, instructional resources, plus funding for enriching opportunities such as conference travel, master's project/theses, and pushing research projects to completion.

In addition, contributions to this campaign priority may be designated to facilities upkeep and enhancements. This means keeping the century-old, LEED gold certified Samuel T. Dana Building – home away from home for our students, faculty, and researchers – humming with the latest technology and resources to support our community.

Your gift will be used immediately to address SNRE’s most urgent needs and promising opportunities. Designate your gift to our critical annual fund, which forms a foundation of support for initiatives such as student internships and instructional resources. Or consider a contribution to facilities upgrades and help us maintain the most advanced classrooms, labs, and natural preserves in the nation.

If you want to help SNRE right away, please consider a gift to this campaign priority.

 

Dan Brown

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Dear friends:
There is no other school on earth like SNRE. Now more than any other time in the University's history, the SNRE mission is vital. Our present environmental problems are of a magnitude that what we do or fail to do in the years ahead will affect generations to come. The challenges remain vast, complex, daunting and demanding.

At SNRE, we are fully committed to protecting the Earth’s resources and achieving a just and sustainable society. Our students come passionate for the education and skills they need to serve the public good. They leave with confidence and a strong personal and professional commitment to making a difference.

Alumni are working all over the world to protect fragile habitats, promote sustainable business practices, advocate for disadvantaged communities, and shape federal and state environmental policy. They do this work in both the private and public sectors. They speak up even when they are the only voice in the room articulating the environmental considerations in decision-making.

Whether through systems modeling, engineering, geographic information systems, or economic analysis, SNRE brings an entrepreneurial mindset to the table. Because we understand the scientific underpinnings of environmental problems, we can formulate solutions that are technically, economically, and socially feasible. That's environmental sustainability for the long term.

The environmental landscape has shifted over time, and SNRE has evolved accordingly. We offer the most advanced curricular and co-curricular activities for our students. We provide a research environment designed to support our community’s expansive creativity.

Being better stewards of our planet. Creating more sustainable practices across the full range of human activity. Engendering a broad-based appreciation for nature. These are important objectives not only for U-M, but also for our nation and the world. This is the work of SNRE.

Thank you for partnering with us in service to this mission.

Sincerely,
Daniel G. Brown

MESSAGE FROM THE CAMPAIGN CHAIR

Dear friends:
In the early 1970s, I was an SNRE forestry student working hard not only in the classroom, but also at various jobs to make ends meet. At one particularly stressful time financially, I learned I’d won the Mrs. F. Gordon Davis Scholarship, an award of $125. I remember being so grateful for receiving help when I needed it most.

This award changed my life in the short term—and forever. It bought me time and stability to focus on my studies, and it inspired me to pay it forward as soon as I could. When I got my first job as a forester in Arkansas, I was making $11,000 a year. But right away I earmarked less than 1 percent of my salary to help other Michigan students and, with my good friend Bruce Brown, created a scholarship that’s still around today. In fact, what was a drop in the bucket back then has grown into a sizable endowment.

I'm a firm believer that what you give is returned to you many times over. My wife, Carolyn, and I have had the good fortune to support dozens of SNRE students through fellowships, as well as research initiatives and special projects. I attribute much of my success in life to this philosophy of philanthropy.

None of us achieves what we do without the help of many selfless others. Please consider helping SNRE with a gift to our capital campaign. Your donation of any amount shows our students and faculty researchers that you stand behind their game-changing ideas, that you believe they can change the world, and that you are eager to see what they do next.

Sincerely,
Peter Mertz
BSF ’74, MBA ’81

Peter Mertz

Peter and Carolyn Mertz at the Bighouse

STUDENT VOICES

Gianna Petito

Gianna Petito

Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2016

The award I received allowed me to accept a internship with the Huron River Watershed Council. This provided me with hands-on collaborative experience with local governing officials and community residents, significantly expanding my professional network and repertoire.

Elliot Nelson

Elliot Nelson

Conservation Ecology & Behavior, Education, and Communication, Class of 2016

Because of award funding, I was able to pursue a truly meaningful summer internship working on a birding trail and conservation plan for a rural area of northern Michigan. I truly believe that my work there will go into securing conservation efforts within one of the world’s most undisturbed and pristine areas of boreal forest.

Michelle Mabson

Michelle Mabson

Environmental Justice, Class of 2015

At SNRE, interdisciplinary work is not only practiced, it's encouraged. I recently earned a dual degree in Environmental Justice from SNRE and Environmental Health Sciences from U-M's School of Public Health. I'm planning to work in a nonprofit organization focused on urban communities, at the intersection of risk management and health and community activism.

Andrew Sell

Andrew Sell

Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2016

The award I received allowed me to conduct site visits and interviews with plant collection managers at six renowned botanical gardens and arboreta to find out their restoration practices, plant propagation programs, and trial use of native plant cultivars

Samantha Shattuck

Samantha Shattuck

Environmental Justice and Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2015

“As the recipient of the award named for him, I am honored to represent Professor Bunyan Bryant’s legacy in SNRE and the environmental justice movement at large. SNRE has a historical place in environmental justice research and activism and that attracted me to this institution. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn the history of the movement and the skills it takes to pursue greater equality in access to a healthy environment.

Allegra Wrocklage

Allegra Wrocklage

Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2016

Fellowship awards provide invaluable support to SNRE students like myself who are pursuing studies in climate change mitigation. With the help of this award, I am looking forward to continuing to pursue my master’s project research the protection and sustainable management of Boreal forests in Eastern Europe.

Nicole Muench

Nicole Muench

Behavior, Education, and Communication, Class of 2016

I am incredibly grateful to have received an award as well as its contribution to my tuition. It’s very important to me that the average citizen has the opportunity to learn about and understand today’s research on local environments. I’ve been working on several projects through SNRE that are helping me accomplish that goal.

Matt Gacioch

Matt Gacioch

Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2016

I can only begin to describe my gratitude for my selection and funding as an award recipient. This generous donation enabled me to spend a summer interning at an organization that has captivated me for many years: the Rocky Mountain Institute. It was extremely gratifying to have the opportunity to join that organization with support.

Stevia Morawski

Stevia Morawski

Conservation Ecology, Class of 2016

Award funding has made such a difference for me. Because of donor funding, I was able to spend a summer doing stream restoration projects with the District Department of Environment in Washington, D.C., where I hope to work after graduation.

Yoshihiko Kubota

Yoshihiko Kubota

Landscape Architecture, Class of 2016

It is a great honor to be the recipient of a fellowship award. My goal is to create landscapes that can reconnect people to the natural environment. This award gives me the confidence in knowing that I am on the right path, and I look forward to all that lies ahead.

Kendra Moffett

Kendra Moffett

Sustainable Systems, Class of 2016

It is an incredible honor to be selected for a fellowship. Thanks to this opportunity, I was able to return back to my home state of New Hampshire for a summer and enjoy the spoils of the Granite State while gaining a unique, invaluable, and hands-on work experience as an intern with myAgro, a vibrant nonprofit committed to sustainable agriculture and development.

Kevin Li

Kevin Li

Conservation Ecology, Class of 2015

I am humbled that my work in bridging design, ecology, and society has been recognized with award funding. I chose U-M because its landscape architecture program is uniquely housed in SNRE, which is in line with my conviction that conservation and the design of landscapes should be firmly grounded in ecology.

PEOPLE

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Clair Boland
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Alumni

Ines Ibanez
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Ibáñez receives prestigious NSF early-career award

Faculty

Kris (Lukas) Spaulding
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Raising the bar: SNRE alumna creates sustainable brewery

Alumni

Ian Makowske
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UM Gymnast and Student Helps Blue Go Green

Current Students

Arman Golrokhian
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Meet the SNREds: Arman Golrokhian

Students

Dorceta Taylor
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Professor Taylor Leads 'Food Security' Study Across Michigan

Faculty

Rob Steiner
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SNRE alumnus saves over 2 billion gallons of water with behavioral science technology

Alumni

Brittany Anstead
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Empowering Tribes Through Sustainability

Student

Tao Zhang
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Landscape Architecture grad creates sustainable Shanghai park

Alumni

WAYS TO GIVE

There are many ways to support SNRE’s Blue Leads Green campaign, whether you are ready to give today or choose to commit to a future donation that will impact generations to come.

The simplest and most common way to give is to write a check, but a variety of immediate and planned gift options are available and explained below. If you would like personal assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact the SNRE development office at (734) 763-1577. We are happy to help.

Outright gifts

Planned gifts

Pledges

SNRE graduates

 

Your gift is tax deductible

Donations to SNRE qualify as contributions to a nonprofit organization because U-M has a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The university’s federal tax ID is 38-6006309.