GREENVILLE, S.C. (Nov. 21, 2016) — Michelin North America is teaming up with Clemson University and the University of South Carolina on an initiative to establish academic courses that will look into efforts to improve sustainability in the tire industry.
The initiative, "One SC to Sustain," launches in January 2017 at both universities with an inaugural class of 31 students combined.
Students in the classes will visit tire plants, meet professionals in the industry and listen to guest speakers throughout the semester, Michelin said, providing an opportunity for them to learn to work across disciplines and come up with improvement recommendations for the tire industry. They will meet periodically together as well, Michelin said.
Officials from Michelin and the two universities met Nov. 18 at Michelin's North American headquarters in Greenville to kick off the collaborative project.
"As the global demand for transportation rises, Michelin is committed to making mobility cleaner, safer, and more affordable and accessible," said Michael Fanning, director of sustainable development for Michelin North America.
“Sustainable mobility is not only our corporate mission; it is part of our everyday operations and culture. This collaboration with Clemson and USC is an extension of our efforts to produce tires more sustainably."