The significant sustainability issues of our day present some of the greatest challenges for the next generation. Indeed, the world that our next generation will inherit and live in will be far different from the one we live in today.

Ecosystem changes resulting from climate change, water scarcity, ocean acidification, ecosystem destruction, nitrogen and phosphorous pollution and more (all part of what is called the “Anthropocene”), coupled with social changes in the form of income inequality, human rights abuses, and environmental injustice require new ways of conceptualizing and organizing academic research, teaching, and engagement.

The traditional domain for many universities to address...

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About the Author:

Andrew J. Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds an appointment in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. For more information, follow Andy on Twitter @HoffmanAndy.

Jessica L. Axson is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Ault Research Group in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, within the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She was also awarded a Dow Sustainability Fellowship. For more information, follow Jessica on Twitter @JessAxson.