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 is inviting U-M students, staff, faculty and community members to review proposed recommendations and submit feedback and ideas by January 26, 2021 via the public comment portal. In addition, the Planet Blue Ambassador program and Student Sustainability Coalition will be hosting a series of community conversations in January 2021 around the draft recommendations.
The Commission expects to submit final recommendations to President Schlissel in February 2021.
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.