Climate Action

U-M’s climate action goals focus on pursuing energy efficiency and fiscally-responsible energy sourcing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward long-term carbon neutrality.
2025 Goal
Reduce U-M greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 2006 levels.
Status
13%
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
2025 Goal
Decrease vehicle carbon output per passenger trip by 30 percent below 2006 levels.
Status
4%
reduction in vehicle carbon output per passenger trip
Other Highlights
Renewable energy purchase agreement

U-M finalized an agreement to buy renewable energy through DTE Energy that will result in about half of the purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus coming from Michigan-sourced wind energy. Construction of the wind farm is expected to be complete in spring 2021.

Bicycle friendly university

In October 2019, U-M was recertified as a Bicycle Friendly University in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

Emergency ride home

U-M offers an Emergency Ride Home program to support sustainable commuting. The program provides free 24/7 taxi rides up to 6 times per year for various emergencies, including personal or family illness or injury, unscheduled overtime or other mandatory work-related holdover, or stranded carpool or vanpool riders. 

This goal data reflects temporary pandemic-related impacts and may not accurately convey the overall trajectory of progress.

For more information about U-M’s sustainability goals, visit the Office of Campus Sustainability.