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Dow Chemical donates $10 million to establish sustainability program at U. of Michigan

March 15, 2012
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DETROIT — Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris joined University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman at a Detroit Economic Club meeting Monday to announce a new fellowship program to help students solve some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

Dow will provide a gift of $10 million over six years to support the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at U-M.

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.

“At Dow, we know that the most successful partnerships are formed when there is a foundational belief that business interests and public interests should be aligned in order to create long-terms solutions for the greater good of humanity,” said Liveris. “Our collaborative partnership pushes aside the standard thinking and supports unique models that will give rise to the next generation of innovators in Michigan and across the world.”

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