Dow and U-M launch innovative sustainability leadership program

Dow Chemical Co. and the U-M are bringing together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges in a new and unprecedented fellowship program announced this year.

Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of Dow, and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman announced that Dow will provide a gift of $10 million during the next six years to support the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at U-M.

This real-world program will leverage U-M’s $1.27 billion research portfolio to engage in and help solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, while driving innovation in Michigan and around the globe.

The unique structure of the program will bring together a select group of the most promising students and potential future leaders, from natural and social sciences, engineering, business, law, public health, public policy, architecture, urban planning and other disciplines. These graduate and postdoctoral scholars will learn together how to integrate the power of their respective disciplines to help solve sustainability challenges, including energy, climate change, water, food, housing, transportation and health. The program will cultivate nearly 300 leaders in global sustainability.

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