Lots of University of Michigan faculty and students conduct research projects on our properties. Recently, one of these projects, a solar-powered desalination prototype (pictured) built here at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, has continued as a real-world application in Hermosillo, Mexico, where local water is being contaminated by higher salt content.

Desalination prototype at Matthaei

Students in Sustainability Without Borders, a student organization sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, worked at the Botanical Gardens as a maker’s site through the larger umbrella organization, the Center for Sustainable Systems. Listen to University of Michigan’s Assistant Professor of Practice Jose Alfaro’s comments on this desalination project.