Michigan Tech is a leader in sustainability research.  Across nearly all disciplines of the University, faculty and staff are engaged in research related to sustainability in areas as varied as energy systems, food systems, plastics reuse, ecology, and water resource management.

plastics to proteins research

Research Highlight  

Dr. David Shonnard (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Steve Techtmann (Biological Sciences) are leading multidisciplinary teams of researchers to create a second life for waste plastics through circular reuse and conversion to protein powder.

Below find full lists of sustainability researchers and topics, by department, as assembled for our AASHE STARS submission in July of 2020.


Energy and Sustainability Research

Great Lakes Research Center

Household Sustainability: Consuming Food, Energy, Water

NSF Convergence Program MICARES Award

Research on Ecology, Ecosystems, and Environmental Policy

Western UP Food Systems Council