Campus Sustainability Goals

The University of Michigan is building on its history of sustainability accomplishments by pursuing the following Guiding Principles and 2025 Goals, established in September 2011:

Climate Action

Guiding Principle:  We will pursue energy efficiency and fiscally-responsible energy sourcing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward long-term carbon neutrality.

2025 Goals:

Waste Prevention

Guiding Principle: We will pursue purchasing, reuse, recycling, and composting strategies toward long-term waste eradication. 

2025 Goal: Reduce waste tonnage diverted to disposal facilities by 40% below 2006 levels. FY 2018 STATUS: 6% reduction achieved. Learn more about waste prevention efforts

Healthy Environments

Guiding Principle:  We will pursue land and water management, built environment, and product sourcing strategies toward improving the health of ecosystems and communities.

2025 Goals:

  • Purchase 20% of U-M food in accordance with U-M Sustainable Food Purchasing Guidelines by 2025. FY 2018 STATUS: 15% of purchases in accordance with guidelines. Learn more sustainable food purchases.

  • Protect Huron River water quality by minimizing runoff from impervious surfaces and reducing the volume of land management chemicals used on campus by 40%. CY 2018 STATUS: GOAL ACHIEVED. 37% reduction.  See what efforts support this goal. 

Community Awareness

Guiding Principle:  We will pursue stakeholder engagement, education, and evaluation strategies toward a campus-wide ethic of sustainability.

2025 Goal: Invest in sustainability culture programs to educate our community, track behavior, and report on progress over time.

Sustainability Committee Recommendations

The University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus is making significant investments toward more sustainable campus operations.

Several new efforts being implemented follow the recommendations of committees – comprised of faculty, staff and students – charged by the president to review the university’s progress in the areas of waste reduction, greenhouse gas reduction and campus sustainability culture.

Read more:

View committee reports:

Additional Information

These goals resulted from the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment (CSIA)—an intensive, two-year research project involving multiple teams of U-M students, faculty, and staff.