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BTN LiveBIG: Michigan grad students apply know-how to improving a Brazilian community

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. São Leopoldo is a long way from Ann Arbor, Mich. — right around 5,000 miles, to be exact. The small city near the southern tip of Brazil doesn’t really have much of an international profile. So why did 10 University of Michigan graduate students feel compelled to make the long trip there for two weeks in March? It all started when Ana

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland program creates sustainability solutions for local communities

At the University of Maryland, sustainability and smart growth are more than just academic. The institution is applying those principles to provide a brighter future for communities throughout the state — including the one that’s home to its main campus. Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) launched a program last year called the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS). This initiative matches coursework from different academic disciplines to economic, environmental and social challenges in cities throughout the state by combining the expertise of faculty and talents of UMD students. “The PALS program provides practical help for communities interested