On February 4, 2019, U-M President Mark Schlissel announced the members of the core team responsible for developing recommendations for how to achieve carbon neutrality for U-M, as well as develop scalable and transferable strategies that can be used by other institutions and larger communities to achieve the same goal.
The U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality brings together the U-M community and regional partners to explore how U-M can reduce its carbon emissions to levels that are environmentally sustainable. Informed by panels of advisors, the commission will develop recommendations to achieve this goal in a fiscally responsible manner and in the context of U-M's mission of education, research, service and patient care.
The scope of the charge to the advisory committee to the president spans all three U-M campuses – Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn – and includes, but is not limited to: carbon emissions and sequestration; energy sourcing; technology development and policy change; facilities, operations and mobility; and behavioral change. Read the full charge here.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, and Material Sciences and Engineering and former Vice President for Research, U-M.
“The commission's work will aim to provide a roadmap that can be scaled and implemented in institutions and communities much larger than our own. Our hope is to have this far-reaching impact on an issue of such central importance to our way of life now, and into the future,"
- Stephen Forrest, Commission Co-Chair
Graham Family Director, Graham Sustainability Institute; Professor from Practice, Michigan Law School; and Professor of Practice, Ford Public Policy School, U-M
“As one of the world’s leading public research universities, we are eager to deploy our vast capabilities in research and education in collaboration with regional partners’ expertise to address this critical global challenge,”
- Jennifer Haverkamp, Commission Co-Chair
Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, U-M.
Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, U-M.
T. Anthony Denton
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U-M Health System, Michigan Medicine.
U-M Doctoral Student.
Senior Vice President of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs, Consumers Energy.
Director, Center for Sustainable Systems, Peter M. Wege Professor of Sustainable Systems, School for Environment and Sustainability, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering,
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, U-M.
Samuel A. Graham Dean and Professor, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering, and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, U-M.
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, U-M.
Vice President Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy.
William Clay Ford Professor of Manufacturing, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, and Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute, U-M.
Sustainability & Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor.
U-M Undergraduate Student.
Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Andrew Horning, Admin Director for the Commission, Managing Director, Graham Sustainability Institute, U-M.
Lydia Whitbeck, Project Coordinator for the Commission, U-M.
Liz Barry, Liaison to the President, Special Counsel to the President, Office of the President, U-M.
Broad input is critical to the development of the recommendations. The commission will create several advisory panels to provide various perspectives and expertise, and to serve as a forum for connecting with key stakeholder groups. The panels will be organized by the commission co-chairs as the commission gets underway.
- Student Advisory Panel
Students from all three U-M campuses are deeply interested in and committed to sustainability with many having focused their studies and research at U-M on the problems associated with climate change. These students will be active and critical partners in the commission’s work. The Student Advisory Panel will serve as a resource for the commission, helping to bring forward student ideas and issues and engaging the student community on all three campuses.
Liaisons to the Commission
Austin Glass, Doctoral Student in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences Engineering
Logan Vear, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
Sophie Alphonso, Bachelor of Science in Environment
Sabrina Butcher, Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy (2021)
Grant Faber, Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability (2021)
Kristen Hayden, Bachelor of Science in Environment, Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences (2020)
Marc Jaruzel, Master in Public Policy (2020)
Virginia Lefever, Master of Public Health
Mitch Mead, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (2021)
Jake North, Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2020)
Christian Noyce, Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Justice (2020)
Gregory Phillips, Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability, Masters of Business Administration (2020)
Liana Smale, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor in Environment (2020)
Noah Weaverdyck, Doctoral Student in the Physics Department (2021)
U-M Dearborn Student Member, forthcoming
U-M Flint Student Member, forthcoming
- Faculty Expert Advisory Panel
U-M faculty members are leading scholars and researchers in areas that will be explored by the commission including but not limited to climate change, energy, economics, public policy and human behavior. This panel will be a group of faculty and other experts that will be called upon by the commission as it explores various questions and solutions related to lowering emissions and achieving carbon neutrality.
- University Advisory Panel
Given the broad scope of the commission's charge, there are many U-M units, groups and offices that are critical to the commission’s work in understanding the current situation, exploring approaches and solutions for different campuses and areas of the university, and engaging key communities throughout the process. This panel will include representatives from: UM-Dearborn; UM-Flint; UM-Athletics; Michigan Medicine; Government Relations; Communications; Office of Student Life; Utilities; Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Logistics, Transportation and Parking; and Office of the University Planner. Other units and offices may be added as the work develops.
- External Advisory Panel
This will be a group of external advisors drawn from the ranks of knowledgeable and interested parties in the university’s broader orbit. It may include other regional community members, business representatives, alumni and members of other external advisory groups active at the university in relevant areas.