The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, charged with recommending scalable and transferrable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, recently released draft recommendations for public comment. The draft report includes a set of preliminary draft proposals that together, outline a potential path for U-M to reach carbon neutrality.
The Commission expects to submit its final recommendations in March 2021. Though the PCCN previously planned to complete its process by the end of February, it is extending its timeline by a few weeks to more thoroughly discuss key topics, and review and address the 521 comments that it received from U-M students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members since the release of its draft report. The public comment period concluded on January 26th—a likewise extended deadline to encourage U-M community members to share feedback and ideas. Comments reflect an array of perspectives and areas of expertise, and the Commission is grateful for the interest and attention in moving the U-M community forward on this crucial issue.
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.