Hill to lead interdisciplinary project funded by U-M's Energy Institute

Hill to lead interdisciplinary project funded by U-M’s Energy Institute

The University of Michigan’s Third Century Initiative recently awarded a $3M grant to fund collaborative energy and food problem-solving across the globe.

Eric Hill, Professor of Practice in Architecture, is one of 17 researchers from across campus part of the REFRESCH project (short for Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/ Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments). The teams aim to develop and apply thoughtful solutions to problems involving access to clean water, reliable energy and fresh food in both developing and developed nations. Hill’s research will focus on a modular greenhouse and fish farm in an unused industrial building in Highland Park, Michigan.

Administered by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the REFRESCH group includes investigators from the College of Engineering, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ross School of Business, the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Stamps School of Art & Design, the Graham Sustainability Institute, and the Erb Institute.

The Third Century Initiative is a $50 million, five-year program that is leveraging the university’s interdisciplinary expertise to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems while creating learning opportunities for students and is funded by the Office of the Provost. Read the original press release on The University Record.