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Alcoa Foundation Grant Will Benefit Erb Institute

12/15/2005 --

Professor Tom Lyon will lead fellowship program on global conservation and sustainability.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new grant by the Alcoa Foundation to support a Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan will benefit the Ross School's Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

The award will provide U-M with $844,000 to support six post-doctoral fellows doing research on sustainable energy technology. The University is one of Alcoa's five academic partners and the only one in North America to receive the six-year grant.

"The Alcoa grant will be a major boost as we build the Erb Institute's research program," said Tom Lyon, co-director of the Erb Institute and the Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment. "It allows us to build across-the-board research strength in sustainable energy systems, complementing our existing faculty research and our growing body of doctoral students. It also will complement the new U-M energy initiative."

Lyon and Greg Keoleian, co-director of the U-M Center for Sustainable Systems, will lead the new fellowship program with a multidisciplinary group of faculty. U-M will work with Alcoa's other prominent academic partners: Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia; University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and London School of Economics and Political Science in the U.K.

Through 2009, the $8.6 million program will support the research activities of about 30 academics and 60 sustainability practitioners from non-governmental organizations around the world.

"The Alcoa Foundation is making a unique, visionary program available not only to the University of Michigan, but to the world," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. "The program provides us with an opportunity to expand knowledge in the critically important areas of conservation and sustainability. We are honored that the Alcoa Foundation has recognized the University of Michigan as a leader in this endeavor."

For more information about the Alcoa Foundation's Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program, visit:

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847