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A Special Public Session with President Schlissel
April 9, 2019, 5pm EDT - Rackham. Watch Recording.

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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. Join the discussion on April 9.

Town Hall Meeting 2
April 3, 2019, 4:30-6:00pm EDT - U-M Rackham Amphitheater and Assembly Hall. Watch Recording.

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This PCCN Town Hall has two primary purposes: 1) providing community members with a common understanding of the Commission’s work, and 2) encouraging community members to share perspectives with one another and feed them back to the Commission for consideration. In pursuit of these goals, the event will consist of two parts.

Part 1 will take place in plenary in the Rackham Amphitheater with updates provided by the Commission Co-chairs. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit clarifying questions (via online form or note card) regarding the Commission’s charge, scope of activities, and planned approaches. Part 1 will be livestreamed and the video will be archived on the PCCN website.

Part 2 will consist of small group discussions in Rackham’s Assembly Hall. This is an opportunity for participants to share individual ideas and perspectives with one another, and ultimately with the Commission. The goal is to have diverse perspectives and experiences represented at each table, and this will be supported via color-coded name badges delineating PCCN representatives, students, faculty, staff, and other interested individuals (e.g., alumni, local citizens, etc.). A volunteer note-taker at each table will synthesize the discussion (preferably via word document) for submission to the Commission. Small group discussions will be guided by the following questions:

  • What are the current practices, policies, and individual behaviors on campus that are impeding U-M’s progress toward carbon neutrality?
  • What mechanisms could U-M implement to ensure all community members buy into and have personal accountability for helping achieve carbon goals?
  • What specific examples of success exist at other universities or comparable institutions that the Commission should consider as it conducts its work?
  • What creative paths might U-M pursue in partnership with the local and regional community?
  • How can the Commission most effectively communicate with and involve the community throughout this process?

*Unfortunately Closed Captioning is unavailable for this video as live streaming does not support this content.

Town Hall Meeting 1
March 11, 2019, 5:15-6:45pm EDT - U-M Rackham Amphitheater and Assembly Hall. Watch Recording.

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This PCCN Town Hall has two primary purposes: 1) providing community members with a common understanding of the Commission’s work, and 2) encouraging community members to share perspectives with one another and feed them back to the Commission for consideration. In pursuit of these goals, the event will consist of two parts.

Part 1 will take place in plenary in the Rackham Amphitheater with updates provided by the Commission Co-chairs. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit clarifying questions (via online form or note card) regarding the Commission’s charge, scope of activities, and planned approaches. Part 1 will be livestreamed and the video will be archived on the PCCN website.

Part 2 will consist of small group discussions in Rackham’s Assembly Hall. This is an opportunity for participants to share individual ideas and perspectives with one another, and ultimately with the Commission. The goal is to have diverse perspectives and experiences represented at each table, and this will be supported via color-coded name badges delineating PCCN representatives, students, faculty, staff, and other interested individuals (e.g., alumni, local citizens, etc.). A volunteer note-taker at each table will synthesize the discussion (preferably via word document) for submission to the Commission. Small group discussions will be guided by the following questions:

  • What are the current practices, policies, and individual behaviors on campus that are impeding U-M’s progress toward carbon neutrality?
  • What mechanisms could U-M implement to ensure all community members buy into and have personal accountability for helping achieve carbon goals?
  • What specific examples of success exist at other universities or comparable institutions that the Commission should consider as it conducts its work?
  • What creative paths might U-M pursue in partnership with the local and regional community?
  • How can the Commission most effectively communicate with and involve the community throughout this process?