Education at the Global CO2 Initiative builds a new workforce through courses, student (team) projects, and student research projects. Education at the Global CO2 Initiative also includes outreach to the general public, and policy and decision makers at the local, national, and international level.

The Global CO2 Initiative draws from teaching expertise across the University of Michigan’s campus, from A(rtsEngine) to Z(oology).

Innovative Courses

TechLab: Climate Change

TechLab: Climate Change is a Company-in Residence program for emerging companies making a significant impact on the carbon balance of the planet. The program is an immersive learning experience for students as they work side by side with the companies on the deployment and market development of their breakthrough innovations.

TechLab: Climate Change pairs emerging and scaling startups with top-tier undergraduate students studying a wide range of fields including computer science, data analytics, chemical engineering, material science, robotics, business, and sustainability.

The goal is to educate students through an immersive project that tackles an important problem for the company. Students learn the entrepreneurial process directly from the principles of the company using the company itself as the “living case study.” Learn more about TechLab: Climate Change.

Student Projects


Courses, offered by Global CO2 Initiative faculty include engineering, entrepreneurial and business, and environmental and sustainability topics.

Student Projects

We offer independent study opportunities, thesis projects, and summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Gwen Gell and other participants at the 2019 Straits Conference.

Gwen Gell (Master of Urban and Regional Planning Student, Master of Urban Design, 2019)

Gwen investigated Southeast Michigan’s Carbon Emissions to study the evolution and progress towards the State of Michigan’s goal of reducing its carbon emissions. The State of Michigan is continuing to make strides towards its goal, set in 2009, to reduce carbon emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% below 2005 by 2050.

Participating Organizations

University of Michigan Engineering
University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability

Techlab Climate Change Companies