U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality

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 Charge

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.

About the Commission

Co-Chairs

Stephen Forrest

Stephen Forrest

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

Jennifer Haverkamp

Jennifer Haverkamp

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

Members

Henry Baier

Henry Baier

Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations, U-M.

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Henry Baier

Expertise: Baier is responsible for the facilities management of 37 million square feet of space at U-M, in which oversees more than $1 billion of construction and renovation projects in planning and design. See Hank's bio on the U-M Facilities & Operations website.

Andy Berki

Andrew Berki

Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, U-M.

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Andrew Berki

Expertise: Berki heads the office responsible for sustainable campus operations, and collaborating with academic and research units, auxiliaries and student groups to further efforts toward reaching the campus-wide sustainability goals. See Andy's bio on the Planet Blue website.

T. Anthony Denton

T. Anthony Denton

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U-M Health System, Michigan Medicine.

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T. Anthony Denton

Expertise: Mr. Denton is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient services, process improvement and financial stewardship across the continuum of care at U-M Health System. He has sponsored environmental stewardship initiatives at the Health System for past 15 years. See Tony's bio on the Michigan Medicine website.

University of Michigan

Austin Glass

U-M Doctoral Student.

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Austin Glass

Expertise: Glass is a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. He crafts and advocates for responsible student-facing climate policy as Speaker of the 8th Central Student Government Assembly.

Brandon Hofmeister

Brandon Hofmeister

Senior Vice President of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs, Consumers Energy.

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Brandon Hofmeister

Expertise: Hofmeister is responsible for Consumers Energy engagement and relationships with federal, state, and local government officials and other stakeholders. He previously served as advisor to former governor Jennifer Granholm on energy and climate policy issues. See Brandon's bio on the Consumers Energy website

James Paul Holloway

James Paul Holloway

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, College of Engineering, and Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs (VPGEIAA), Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, U-M.

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James Paul Holloway

Expertise: Holloway, as VPGEIAA, shapes the way U-M engages with the world through interdisciplinary and action-oriented scholarship and learning. He has served as the Provost's Office point person on sustainability for the past three years. See James's bio on the Office of the Provost website

Gregory Keoleian

Gregory Keoleian

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, U-M.

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Gregory Keoleian

Expertise: Keoleian’s research focuses on the development and application of life cycle models and sustainability metrics to guide the design and improvement of products, technology and systems. He also led the development of the first comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories for the University of Michigan, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. See Greg's bio on the SEAS website.

Larissa Larsen

Larissa Larsen

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, U-M.

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Larissa Larsen

Expertise: Larsen’s research focuses on identifying environmental inequities in the built environment and advancing issues of urban sustainability and social justice. Her current work tackling climate adaptation planning and urban heat island studies. See Larissa's bio on the Taubman College website.

Jonathan Overpeck

Jonathan Overpeck

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.

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Jonathan Overpeck

Expertise: Overpeck “Peck” is a highly respected climate scientist who currently has ongoing research programs across five continents, focusing on issues ranging from drought and mega-drought dynamics to conservation biology. Most notably, he served as Coordinating Lead Author of the Nobel-Peace Prize winning Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. See Peck's bio on the SEAS website.

Barry Rabe

Barry Rabe

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.

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Barry Rabe

Expertise: Rabe studies the political feasibility and durability of environmental and energy policy, specializing in federal systems of government such as the United States and Canada. This includes recent research and policy engagement related to the political viability of putting a price on carbon, reflected in his most recent book, CAN WE PRICE CARBON? (MIT Press, 2018). See Barry's bio on the Ford School website.

Camilo Serna

Camilo Serna

Vice President Corporate Strategy, DTE Energy.

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Camilo Serna

Expertise: Serna is responsible for developing strategic initiatives in regards to changing market, consumer, policy and technology trends for DTE — a Detroit based diversified energy company serving more than 2 million customers in Southeast Michigan. See Camilo's bio on the DTE website (PDF).

Anna Stefanopoulou

Anna Stefanopoulou

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.

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Anna Stefanopoulou

Expertise: Stefanopoulou serves as the director of the U-M Energy Institute, while contributing immensely to energy research through her book, 20 US patents, and over 250 publications regarding the estimation and control of powertrains for highly efficient vehicles. See Anna's bio on the Energy Institute website.

Missy Stults

Missy Stults

Sustainability & Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor.

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Missy Stults

Expertise: Stults is responsible for ensuring that the city of Ann Arbor meets its climate and sustainability goals, which include powering municipal operations by 100% clean and renewable energy by 2035 and a 90% reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. See Missy's LinkedIn profile (LinkedIn login required).

University of Michigan

Logan Vear

U-M Undergraduate Student.

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Logan Vear

Logan Vear is a Junior in Civil and Environmental Engineering. At U-M’s Energy Institute she investigates measures for achieving campus carbon neutrality. As a co-founder of Climate Action Movement, she promotes cross campus and city collaboration and engagement.

Lisa Wozniak

Lisa Wozniak

Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

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Lisa Wozniak

Expertise: Wozniak is a well-known conservation leader in the state of Michigan with experience working with a diverse range of interest groups to advance environmental conservation. See Lisa's bio on the Michigan League of Conservation Voters website.

Commission Support

Andrew Horning, Administrative Director for the Commission, Institute Managing Director, Graham Sustainability Institute, U-M.

Liz Barry, Liaison to the President, Special Counsel to the President, Office of the President, U-M.

 

Panels

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 

Student Members

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.