1. Michigan Road Scholars Tour to connect U-M faculty, state

    Mark Rivett posted April 30, 2018
    Read Full Article at The University Record
    Assistant Professor Tony Reames

    School for Environment and Sustainability Assistant Professor Tony Reames

    Tony Reames, assistant professor of environment and sustainability, is no stranger to community-based research while he focuses his studies on energy justice.

    But most of his collaborations have been in southeast Michigan, and that’s a big reason why he’s embarking on the 2018 Michigan Road Scholars Tour, which rolls out of Ann Arbor today.

    “I’m working on a statewide research project so I really want to learn about the rest of the state when it comes to energy issues,” Reames said. “I want to see other parts of the state outside the southeastern portion so I can understand people’s perspectives on government policy and the environment.”

    This year’s tour will visit Detroit, Midland, Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, Hessel, East Jordan, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Lansing. The group will meet with large and small manufacturers, school districts, nonprofits, community organizations, Native American tribal leaders, city officials, economic development groups and state government. It also will visit the Sault Tribe Youth Facility and with the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force.

    Author: Terrence Kosdrosky


  2. Cassie Blue Visits the State Capitol

    Mark Rivett posted April 24, 2018

    April 17 Wolverine Caucus

    Professor Jessy Grizzle, and fellow robotics faculty and students visited Lansing with Cassie Blue

    View WILX TV-10 coverage of the visit

    College of Engineering Michigan Robotics

    From left to right: Adarash Mishra, Zach Poszar, and Cedric Bernard who are part of the IGV student team. Damen Provost (Managing Director of the Robotics Institute), Cassie Blue, Ross Hartley (Robotics Ph.D. candidate), Kimberly Mann (Unit Administrator of the Robotics Institute), Professor Ella Atkins (Robotics Graduate Chair), and Professor Jessy Grizzle (Director of the Robotics Institute).

    Cassie Blue in action

    Director of the Robotics Institute Professor Jessy Grizzle, District 84 Representative Ed Canfield, and District 53 Representative Yousef Rabhi watch Cassie Blue under the control of Ross Hartley.

    Cassie Blue and Representative Hammoud

    District 15 Representative Abdullah Hammoud poses with Cassie Blue

    Cassie Blue and Chris Afendoulis

    From left to right; Ross Hartley, Cassie Blue, Jessy Grizzle, District 73 Representative Chris Afendoulis, and Damen Provost

    Jessy Grizzle and WILX-TV-10

    Jessy Grizzle speaks with WILX-TV-10 about Michigan Robotics

    Cassie Blue and Veronica Johnson

    Veronica Johnson, Director of the Lansing Service Center poses with Cassie Blue.

  3. Central Campus Storm Water Infiltration System

    Mark Rivett posted April 23, 2018

    The objectives of storm water management include controlling stream and river bank erosion, improving water quality, and controlling flooding. To achieve these objectives, the volume, flow rate, and pollutant load of runoff leaving a site after development must be controlled. The U-M meets these objectives by building a coordinated network of structural and non-structural storm water control measures that work together to reduce, convey, and treat storm water runoff.

    The University of Michigan is installing an underground storm water infiltration system on Central Campus this summer. This project will provide benefits to the environment, the university, and the city. U-M elected to install this infiltration system to reduce the likelihood of flooding, free up capacity in the university’s and City of Ann Arbor’s storm water systems, and protect the Huron River water quality.

    The project is located under the lawn between State Street, Angell Hall and Tisch Hall, and Alumni Memorial Hall. Construction will begin shortly after commencement and is scheduled to be completed in fall 2018.

    What and where:

    • An underground storm water infiltration system will be constructed east of State Street under the lawn area west of Angell Hall and Alumni Memorial Hall.
    • Buildings in this area have historically flooded when runoff overwhelms the Allen Creek Drain and associated City of Ann Arbor storm sewer system, which includes the storm sewer outlet for the university’s Diag storm water piping system.
    • With this project, nine acres of storm water flow from the west side of the Diag will be redirected to the infiltration system.

    This project is not required to meet any permit conditions. It is being installed electively to:

    • Reduce the likelihood of flooding at Tisch Hall and other university infrastructure beyond a 100-year, 24-hour storm event
    • Free up capacity in the university’s and City of Ann Arbor’s storm water systems
    • Reduce flows to Allen Creek Drain
    • Replenish groundwater

    Benefits to city and community:

    • Free up capacity in the City of Ann Arbor’s storm water system, which will reduce the likelihood of flooding
    • Improve water quality by removing sediment and nutrients that would otherwise flow to the Huron River and ultimately Lake Erie

    Basic info on how the infiltration system works:

    • Water will flow through a sediment trap before reaching the basin. The basin will consist of concrete arches with a hollow bottom atop a gravel base that allows water to soak into the ground.
    • The system can accommodate approximately 750,000 gallons of water at a time, which equates to 1.75 feet of water covering a football field.
    Ingalls Mall infiltration basin

    U-M installed an underground infiltration basin in conjunction with a utility and hardscape upgrade project in Ingalls Mall just south of E. Washington Street. The basin location has well-draining sandy soil, which allows for complete infiltration of the 100-year, 24-hour design storm from the drainage area.

    Project and construction information:

    • The estimated cost of the project is $4,500,000. Funding will be provided from Utilities resources and investment proceeds.
    • Construction will begin shortly after graduation and be completed in fall 2018.
    • The project is phased to avoid interference with the State Street Art Fair.
    • Although there will be a temporary loss of street parking spaces during construction, there will be no permanent impact on parking.

    Related info:

    Andrew Berki

    Director, University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability | aberki@umich.edu | 734-647-3120

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