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).


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

ENTR 411 Entrepreneurship Practicum: Technology Commercialization

The Practicum immerses students in the entrepreneurial process in a supportive classroom environment. Students critically evaluate and then pursue the development of their own ideas for new ventures. Throughout the course, students work closely with entrepreneurship faculty and successful entrepreneurs.

ENTR 490.262 & ENTR 599.262 | CLASS# 30395 & 33109 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.

ENTR 490.262: Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Climate Change

Climate change is a complex problem with decades of background research. This class will engage a multidisciplinary group of students from engineering, chemistry, business, policy, and beyond to understand and evaluate the opportunities for developing high-value products from captured CO2.

You will apply the basics of identifying near-term entrepreneurial opportunities, evaluating technology for commercial readiness, and assessing the viability of various business models. This class will reach out to existing startups, businesses, and entrepreneurs in the Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CO2U) space to find the state-of-the-art technologies and what is on the horizon in the next 3-5 years.

Opportunities will be sorted based on technical feasibility, economic feasibility, and environmental impact. By the end of the class, you will be well-positioned to understand the ecosystem of industrial uses of CO2, market trends in CO2, policy implications and emerging technologies. For students looking to make a near-term impact in climate change through the CO2 economy, this is the class for you.

MSE 489: Materials Processing Design

Life Cycle Assessment and Techno-Economic Assessment for the Initiative’s four engineering Blue Sky Projects integrated into the design of production and refining systems for engineering materials. Written and oral presentations of solutions to processing design problems.

SEAS 557 Industrial Ecology

Analysis of material and energy flows in industrial and ecological systems to enhance eco-efficiency and sustainability in meeting human needs. Methods: life cycle assessment quantifies energy, wastes and emissions for materials production, manufacturing, product use, and recovery/disposition; life cycle design integrates environmental, performance, economic, and policy/regulatory objectives.

This interdisciplinary course also includes a series of industrial/municipal site assessments.

Participating Organizations

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