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Guns or GPS Units?:
How should African protected areas combat the ivory poaching crisis?
Profits vs. Preservation:
How can shepherds balance the social and ecological costs of livestock grazing on Naxos?
Guardians of the Forests:
How should an indigenous community in eastern Bolivia defend their land and forests?
Struggles over ‘Science’:
What is the role for science in community forestry in Nepal?
Assembling Our Transportation Future:
How could policies in the early 20th century have shaped more sustainable transportation systems?
Reclaiming Wood, Lives, and Communities:
How do we turn a waste stream into an asset that revitalizes cities?
The Cost of Sustainable Palm Oil:
Should an Indonesian smallholder farmer get RSPO certified?
Which is the winning strategy for biodiversity and forest conservation by a private foundation?
The All-Too-Common Reed :
How can an urban wildlife refuge sustainably manage the invasive reed Phragmites?
Green vs. Gray:
What is the best path to sustainable stormwater management in Washtenaw County?
Dioxane Plume Pollution:
Who should deal with the groundwater contamination in a university town?
A Radioactive Decision:
Should DTE Energy build a new nuclear reactor in Michigan?
Futures of Conservation Funding:
Can Indonesia sustain financing of the Bird’s Head Seascape?
Farming in Motown:
Is the future of Detroit food provisioning and access home-grown?
What is the solution to Ghana’s e-waste dilemma?
Should we hunt gray wolves in Michigan?
La Guerre des Loups :
Devrions-nous chasser le loup gris en Michigan?
Controlled Dam Removal:
Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t: should Pellston remove its historic dam?
Smarting over Smart Meters:
Does smart grid technology have a home in Maryland?
Coping with Cocoa Complications:
How do economic factors impact land usage decisions of Ghanaian cocoa farmers?
National Climate Adaptation Plans:
How does Ethiopia plan to protect its communities from climate change?
Biofuels: Beneficial or Bad?:
Should a Ghanaian chief sell his land for biofuel crop cultivation?
Distributed Energy Storage:
Can Tesla’s home battery help modernize Green Mountain Power’s grid?
Living in a Poisoned Community :
How does air quality affect the livelihoods of SW Detroiters?
Teaching Future Sustainability Leaders in K-12: The Case of Phil Schwedler:
Can experiential and place-based learning bring sustainability topics into secondary education curricula?
Growing Into An Uncertain Future:
How are farmers in India’s wheat belt adapting to a changing climate?
Teaching Future Sustainability Leaders in K-12:
How can cross-sectoral groups support secondary educators as they work towards teaching sustainability-related topics?
Closing the Digital Divide:
How can technology in education be used to enrich the lives of female students in Ghana?
Conflicts over Energy Policy:
How can utilities plan for an energy efficient future for all residents?
Killer Bees Kill Cancer:
What role do bees play in the fight to cure cancer?
The United States and COVID-19:
Can the United States look in the mirror in the wake of the Global Pandemic?
Women Walking with Water:
Gender and Indigenous traditions of water protection in today's Michigan
Early Social Movements and 21st century activism:
How the Movements for the Survival of Ogoni People in Nigeria and the Civil Rights Movement in the US influence the tactics employed by many 21st century movements?
A Tale of Two (Polluted) Cities :
Latinx communities and their allies face air pollution in Southwest Detroit and Southwest Los Angeles
How does the St. Clair River as a natural boundary and legal border influence remediation efforts?
Certification or Collaboration?:
Bee Campus USA: Can Certification for Pollinator Conservation be an Exclusionary Practice?
Decolonizing University Land Management:
Can Anishinaabe-Centered Mnomen (Wild Rice) Restoration Help Restore Right Relations between the University of Michigan and Indigenous Communities?
Environmental Justice Tools of the 21st Century:
How can Michigan develop an Environmental Justice screening tool that is inclusive and representative of frontline EJ communities?
Poverty, Environment and Inequality:
"I Don’t Need It, But You Can’t Have It."
Is it possible to achieve win-win solutions in West Pokot, Kenya?
Climate and Development:
What capacities would community members need to respond and adapt to drought?
Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem Degradation:
What are the best strategies to avoid ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss in East Africa?
Will university communities embrace urine diversion and reuse as fertilizer?
Should residents of Mumbai work to change a leopard's spots or how people spot leopards?
Great Lakes Areas of Concern:
What roles are required in cleaning up the most polluted freshwater coastal communities?
Great Lakes Watershed Nutrient Management:
How should we manage phosphorus loads in the Western Basin of Lake Erie?
Implementation of the Great Lakes Compact in Michigan:
How well will Water User Committees work?
Beautiful Hazardous Places:
How is Private Land Development Regulated in High-Hazard Settings?
Great Lakes Invasive Species Control:
What methods are most effective in sustainably controlling Sea Lamprey populations?
Trials and Tributaries:
How do we foster collective action to protect and restore our environment?
Farming and Fishing the Wind:
Where should wind farms be sited, and who should decide?
Fueling the Energy Transition:
Can a Congolese community affordably electrify with renewable resources?
Reconciling conflicts between environmental protection and social equity :
What are the social implications of environmental land-use regulations?
Management of Three Lakes in Yunnan, China:
How can ecological protection and "human-centered" development be balanced?
Which infrastructure is best for the Brazilian Pantanal?
Los guardianes de los bosques:
¿Cómo debería una comunidad indígena en el este de Bolivia defender sus tierras y bosques?
Urbanizing the Eternal City:
How did the ancient Romans adapt to and alter Rome’s landscape?
Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network:
How can an adaptation network sustain effective partnerships for climate adaptation?
Community Resource Rights' Titles :
Better Livelihood, Better Ecology - a case study in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra
What's Wrong With Tanzanian National Parks?:
To Balance Out the Voices Surrounding Arusha National Park
Water privitization in cochabamba, Bolivia:
The Water War
future of global trade in jeopardy:
Can the Panama Canal Expansion Project Survive Global Warming?
Bioprospecting in Chiapas, Mexico: MAYA ICBG Project:
At what point does Bioprospecting turn into Biopiracy?
The Mighty Snake River:
How do we hold our government accountable to nature?
Green Earth or Green Money:
Are there enough aspects of the Keystone XL Pipeline that benefit the locals to outweigh the damage it does to their lands?
United Fruit Company's Struggles With Sustainability :
How could United Fruit Company have sustainably managed the agro-ecosystems of banana plantations while meeting the demands of a growing mass market?
Indigenous Rights and Resource Development:
How can the Nentsy people in Russia's far north take action to influence the development of natural resources in the region?
The Northern sea route:
What is the Northern Sea Route and why is it important to development in Russia's Arctic region?
Zero Waste NYC:
How can large cities like New York City divert waste from landfills in a sustainable and equitable manner?
Challenges of redesigning transportation infrastructure to meet urban needs:
How has the Sheridan Expressway reshaped the South Bronx?
Zero Net Energy Buildings:
How effective has Cambridge, MA been in creating a net zero energy community?
Capetown Water crisis:
Can one "Day Zero" prevent another?
Urban Green Space: The Monon Trail, The Cultural Trail, & Gentrification:
How can the cities provide dynamic and transformative urban green spaces without contributing to gentrification?
Revisiting the Three Gorges Dam:
Should China continue to build dams on the Yangtze River?
Can Michigan tart cherry growers adapt to a changing climate?
Blue Goes Green:
Can the largest stadium in the United States implement a successful Zero Waste Program?