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 President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, in its push to enable U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, expects to submit final recommendations to President Schlissel in February 2021. The commission is extending its timeline due to the multifaceted, evolving nature of various U-M greenhouse gas reduction analyses and COVID-19-affected workflows. The commission still plans to release draft recommendations before the end of the Fall 2020 semester and invites U-M community members to submit public comments.
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.