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CANCELLED – U-M Flint Town Hall: The Role of Food and Campus Culture in Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan
March 16, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 am – Michigan Room, Harding Mott University Center, U-M Flint

UM Flint Food Internal Analysis Team Survey

UM Campus Culture and Communication Internal Analysis Team Survey

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN) Campus Communication and Culture Internal Analysis Team and the Food Internal Analysis Team are convening a joint Town Hall on March 16, 10:30 to 11:30 am on the UM-Flint campus.

Join us in a discussion and feedback session to gather ideas, questions, and concerns about the role of UM’s food system and UM's campus culture in advancing the university's progress towards carbon neutrality. We will offer an update on the work we have done thus far with the PCCN and strategies for how we plan to move forward. We hope to gather input from faculty, staff, students and the wider community on what you would like to see and what barriers we might face in reaching a just transition to carbon neutrality.

If you cannot make this event, please e-mail ideas related to food to Caroline Baloga (cbaloga@umich.edu) and about campus culture to Megan Czerwinski (maczerwi@umich.edu).

CANCELLED – The Role of Climate Justice in Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan
March 18, 2020, 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Dana Commons, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN) Climate Justice sub group is convening a Town Hall on March 18, 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the UM-Ann Arbor campus.

Join us in a discussion and feedback session to gather ideas, questions, and concerns about the role of climate justice and environmental justice in advancing the university's progress towards carbon neutrality. We hope to gather input from faculty, staff, students and the wider community on what you would like to see and what barriers we might face in reaching a just transition to carbon neutrality.

If you are unable to attend, please send any comments to pccn-admin@umich.edu or submit a comment on the public comment form here.

Past Meetings

U-M Dearborn Town Hall: The Role of Food and Campus Culture in Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan
February 27, 2020, 12:30 - 1:30 pm - University Center, Kochoff Hall B&C, U-M Dearborn Campus

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN) Campus Communication and Culture Internal Analysis Team and the Food Internal Analysis Team are convening a joint Town Hall on February 27th, 12:30 to 1:30 on the UM-Dearborn campus.

Event flyer (PDF)

Join us in a discussion and feedback session to gather ideas, questions, and concerns about the role of UM’s food system and UM's campus culture in advancing the university's progress towards carbon neutrality. We will offer an update on the work we have done thus far with the PCCN and strategies for how we plan to move forward. We hope to gather input from faculty, staff, students and the wider community on what you would like to see and what barriers we might face in reaching a just transition to carbon neutrality.

If you cannot make this event, please e-mail ideas related to food to Caroline Baloga (cbaloga@umich.edu) and about campus culture to Megan Czerwinski (maczerwi@umich.edu).

North Campus Sustainability Initiative: Commuting Analysis Team Lunchtime Talk
February 27, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lurie Engineering Center, Johnson Room

The PCCN commuting team will be sharing their work and soliciting feedback on February 27 at the North Campus Sustainability Initiative's Lunchtime Talk session.

Key topics for discussion include housing, promoting alternatives to driving, improvements to the carpool and vanpool programs, parking, lowering the carbon intensity of the commute, and campus land-use planning.

The team plans to give a presentation covering their key findings and methodology followed by a discussion and Q&A session.

UM-Flint: Charting UM's Path to Carbon Neutrality
February 25, 2020, 10:00-11:30 am – KIVA, Harding Mott University Center, UM-Flint

The PCCN Co-chairs will present to faculty, staff, and students at UM-Flint about the Commission's work thus far. The presentation will be streamed at live.umflint.edu. Event Flyer (PDF). See here for the PowerPoint presentation (PDF).

Student Town Hall: The Role of Food in Carbon Neutrality at UM
February 5, 2020, 5:30 - 7 pm – Dana Commons, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Hosted by: Food Internal Analysis Team, PCCN

Join the PCCN food internal analysis team in a discussion and feedback session to gather ideas, questions, and concerns about UM’s food system and its progress towards carbon neutrality. We will offer an update on the work we have done thus far with the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN) and strategies for how we plan to move forward. We hope to gather input from students on what you would like to see and what barriers we might face in reaching a just transition to carbon neutrality.

If you could not make this event, please e-mail Caroline Baloga with your ideas.

U-M Ann Arbor Commuting Internal Analysis Team Town Hall
January 23, 2020, 6:00-7:30 pm – Dana Building Room 2024, U-M Ann Arbor Campus.

Event page here. 

The PCCN commuting team will hold a town hall on 1/23 to discuss their key findings on where the University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students commute from, how they do it, and how the University can make it better.

Key topics include housing, promoting alternatives to driving, improvements to the carpool and vanpool programs, parking, lowering the carbon intensity of the commute, and campus land-use planning.

The team plans to give a 10-20 minute presentation covering their key findings and methodology followed by an hour of breakout sessions.

The team has 2 goals: 1) to inform the campus community about our progress and remain accountable, and 2) to find any overlooked angles in our research.

We look forward to hearing what the campus community has to say about their commute! All current University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.

U-M Dearborn Commuting Internal Analysis Team Town Hall
January 22, 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm – University Center, Kochoff Hall B, U-M Dearborn Campus

Join the U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Commuting team on Wednesday, January 22nd from 12pm-1pm for the PCCN Commuting Town Hall in Kochoff Hall B. University researchers will present on the current work of the PCCN before opening up the conversation to UM-Dearborn students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn about the types of transit, parking, mobility, and housing policies you’d like to see the University implement to achieve a carbon-neutral commute on campus. All are welcome to learn, discuss, and enjoy refreshments, but if you can’t attend we encourage you to visit our website or read the December interim report to learn more.

Business & Carbon Neutrality: A Panel Discussion on Becoming a Carbon-free Campus
December 10, 2019, 7 pm – Ross School of Business Robertson Auditorium

A panel discussion hosted by Net Impact on carbon neutrality and business. The panel featured the PCCN co-chairs, Steve Forrest and Jennifer Haverkamp, as well as two internal analysis team leaders, Andy Hoffman and Joe Trumpey. The event began with introductory remarks from Norm Bishara, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Business Law & Ethics, Michigan Ross.

Ross School (Zell-Lurie Institute) Business Pitch Competition
October 21 & 22, 2019 – University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Several PCCN affiliates served as judges for a Ross School (Zell-Lurie Institute) business pitch competition, where co-chair Haverkamp delivered the keynote on the PCCN’s work. As part of the core curriculum, all BBA juniors worked in teams to develop entrepreneurial solutions to address carbon neutrality in the areas of building standards, energy consumption, transportation, and university dining. Ross selected this year’s topic in direct response to the creation of the PCCN, and as a result, approximately 600 UM students gained practical experience in productively addressing the challenges of carbon neutrality.

Charting our University's Path to Carbon Neutrality, University of Michigan-Dearborn's Strategic Planning Thought Leader Series
October 18, 2019 – University of Michigan Dearborn campus

The PCCN Co-chairs presented to faculty, staff, and students at UM-Dearborn as part of their campus strategic planning process. A similar engagement event is being planned for the UM-Flint campus. See here for the Powerpoint presentation.

PCCN Community Forum
September 25, 2019, 4:30 pm EDT – UM Rackham Amphitheater and Assembly Hall. Watch Recording.

Watch Recorded Event

View the slides here.

This PCCN Community Forum has two primary purposes: 1) to update the community on PCCN progress through a presentation by and Q&A with the commission co-chairs and 2) to facilitate community engagement with Internal Analysis Team (IAT) faculty leads, who are in the early stages of shaping topic-specific research that will help inform the commission in developing its recommendations. A list of IAT topics and faculty leads is provided below.

In the pursuit of these goals, the event will consist of two parts.

Part 1 will take place in plenary in the Rackham Amphitheatre with updates provided by the Commission Co-chairs. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding commission progress and process.

Part 2 will consist of small group discussions in the Rackham Assembly Hall. This will be an opportunity for participants to share individual ideas and perspectives with the IAT faculty leads. Each IAT topic will have a designated table, where the small group discussion will begin with a brief description of the team scope and trajectory by an IAT representative. A volunteer note-taker at each table will synthesize the discussion (preferably via word document) for submission to the Commission and IATs.

A list of IAT topics and faculty leads is provided below:

Internal Analysis Teams

Open Forum: President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality
April 16, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm – Art + Architecture Building, U-M Ann Arbor.

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality has begun! The Commission needs your help determining what should the University of Michigan include in our Scope 3 Emissions. In lay language, Scope 1 includes the emissions from the direct energy we use on campus and campus vehicles. Scope 2 includes the emissions from the power that we purchase from other suppliers (DTE). Scope 3 can include everything else (what we purchase, commuting to campus, food, etc). The quality of the product we create will be significantly influenced by what Scope 3 emission we chose to include or exclude. Larissa Larsen, Associate Professor of Urban Planning will lead a session briefly explaining the Commission's task, present some examples of what other universities include as Scope 3 emissions, and collect your input.

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

Watch Recorded Event

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, 4:30-6:00 pm EDT - U-M Rackham Amphitheater and Assembly Hall. Watch Recording.

Watch Recorded Event


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.

Watch Recorded Event


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?

Public Comment Summary

The following is a summary of ideas from online comments and Town Halls (through 2/18/2020)

Energy Supply
  • Source all purchased electricity from a renewable energy Purchased Power Agreement
  • Build innovative hot-water power plant (SESI at Stanford)
  • Build district or building-level geothermal system (Ball State University)
  • Install solar panels on campus (e.g., on rooftops, in or on parking lots)
  • Generate steam sustainably (e.g., burn renewable biomass, waste digester)
  • Decrease the numbers of emergency generators on campus
  • Construct a molten salt reactor
  • Partner with the City of Ann Arbor for increased buying power
  • End any future expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure
  • Alternative energy procurement sources
  • Consider nuclear energy to provide electricity without releasing carbon
  • Pledge Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon neutrality by 2030
Buildings and Grounds
  • Adopt stringent building standards (e.g., Passive House, Living Building, Architecture 2020)
  • Source low carbon materials for construction/renovations
  • Add living roofs, green roofs or garden roofs to building design, especially new buildings
  • Design all buildings to facilitate the inevitable switch to hot-water heating
  • Stop building new buildings, use space more efficiently and consider how buildings can be repurposed
  • Use carbon-neutral concrete
  • More permeable surfaces
  • Convert to all-electric grounds equipment
  • Create an inventory of building space and scheduled construction
  • Consider what a steady-state would look like in terms of UM’s footprint
  • Work quickly to determine new building standards
  • Build new buildings with sustainability measures in place so they don’t have to be retrofitted down the line
  • Regulate and limit light pollution
  • UM needs to create a ‘model’ project once the new standards are in place to show the community what a carbon-neutral building could look like, perhaps the new building in Detroit
  • Ensure that donor influence does not stand in the way of sustainability standards
  • Plant more trees and/or create a tree adoption program
  • Build the new Clinical Inpatient Tower (CIT) to ensure its heating can be run by clean, sustainable energy
Energy Consumption
  • Mandate and convert to LEDs in all buildings
  • Mandate more stringent energy efficiency standards in all buildings
  • Establish a revolving loan fund for energy efficiency projects
  • Lengthen financial payback criteria for energy efficiency projects
  • Expand existing Energy Management team to cover all campus buildings
  • Include a system of sensors to activate and deactivate electrical current in buildings
  • Install localized building controls for heat/coolness regulation
  • Utilize existing space more efficiently
  • Move to a system of centralized facility managers for all facilities to drive best practices
  • Bill units directly for electricity to create more awareness and incentive to reduce electricity use
  • Units should be responsible for long-term maintenance and operating costs
  • Revisit emergency lighting standards
  • Have individual schools do their own energy efficiency programs
Policy and Budgetary Issues
  • Establish an internal carbon tax that includes all auxiliary units
  • Subsidize Flint and Dearborn because they are given fewer resources
  • Address decentralization – it’s an impediment to making progress
  • Make carbon and sustainability reporting mandatory like DEI
  • Create a fund for small scale office sustainability projects
Transportation Fleet and Infrastructure
  • Convert to an EV fleet
  • Install solar, storage, and fast EV charging portals
  • Incentivize the use of bikes, electric bikes, scooters, etc.
  • Provide incentives to use low carbon fleet rentals
  • More bus routes (e.g., Commuter South should run on the weekends)
  • More bike-friendly campus
  • Create car-free zones
  • Ban all idling vehicles at all loading docks
  • Ban the purchase of non-electric vehicles by 2021
  • Stop building parking lots
Commuting and Travel
  • Accessible showers to incentivize zero-carbon commuting
  • Sponsor/promote Commuter Challenge and Conquer the Cold
  • Partner with AATA on transportation hubs from neighboring communities
  • More and better public transit options
  • Incentivize low carbon commuting
  • Encourage faculty/staff to offset their commuting footprint
  • Discourage university travel when not absolutely necessary
  • Mandate faculty/staff to offset their work-related travel (travel disincentive)
  • Don’t subsidize parking
  • More and better remote parking lots with shuttles
  • Better online meeting tools to aid working remotely
  • Flex work schedules (e.g., 4 days in office, 1 at home)
  • Encourage satellite site conference to minimize travel
  • Help create more affordable housing in Ann Arbor
  • Lead the push for a light rail along expressway corridors (US-23, I-96, I-94)
  • Carbon offsets program specifically for university-sponsored travel
  • Charge double for fossil fuel vehicle parking
Carbon Accounting Methodology
  • Account for scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions
  • Account for electricity transmission and distribution losses
  • Account for methane leakage throughout the natural gas supply chain
  • Consider using the social cost of carbon and the $/MTCO2e
Sequestration and Offsets
  • Eliminate/drastically reduce lawns and associated irrigation
  • Make landscapes sustainable (native plants, rain gardens, more trees, impervious surfaces)
  • Convert to no-mow grass (e.g., buffalo grass) in low traffic areas
  • Start a carbon farm (Duke – peat bog)
  • Invest in forest carbon offsets
  • Plant more trees
  • Consider cheaper methods for achieving carbon neutrality, such as Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) permits and RFPs for nonlocal Power Purchase Agreements
  • Rely minimally on the purchase of carbon offsets to reach carbon neutrality for Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions.
Campus Culture
  • Mandate a sustainability orientation for all new students, faculty, and staff
  • Make socially-responsible investment options available in U-M retirement plans
  • Expand investments in U-M’s campus culture and awareness program
  • Invest in Planet Blue Ambassadors (PBA) program to facilitate individual behavior change incentives (like Stanford’s My Cardinal Green and UC-Boulder’s PIPS)
  • Integrate PBA, MHealthy, and Wolverine Wellness into one highly visible program
  • Use PBAs more deliberately & effectively as an agent of change
  • Install highly visible dashboards with metrics on campus, in buildings and on the UM website
  • Create a highly visible zero-carbon showpiece building
  • Power Michigan Stadium with photovoltaics
  • Run campus-wide competitions for low energy use
  • Sponsor campus-wide climate change events (theme semesters, teach-ins, etc.)
  • Extend the Planet Blue Ambassadors program to UM-Flint and Dearborn
  • Provide zero-waste kits to new employees and students
  • Ensure student recruitment by fossil fuel companies doesn’t unduly influence decision-making
  • Ban any department, group from creating new paper forms
  • Ban all paper forms by 2021
  • Provide mandatory training on the basic scientific principles of climate change to the student body and faculty
External Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Join University Climate Change Coalition and sign the President’s Climate Leadership Commitments
  • Lobby for a national carbon fee and dividend plan
  • Lobby for the U.S. to establish a Climate Corps (like Peace Corps for emissions reductions)
  • Lobby State for more renewable energy development and research
  • Partner with the City of Ann Arbor to buy our power together
  • Join Ann Arbor 2030 District
  • Engage community via City Studios
  • Consult with Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council
  • Engage boards of regional players, maybe bring them all together for a workshop
  • Work with landlords to reduce waste, water and electricity usage
  • Collaborate with student groups, including fraternities and sororities
  • Invest in solar co-ops (big installations rather than roof by roof).
  • Conduct community outreach activities (K-12, TeachOuts, etc.)
  • Collaborate more with the City of Ann Arbor
  • Involve more stakeholder experts (those with experience in implementation and finance)
  • Provide leadership to other higher education institutions globally as they pledge carbon neutrality
U-M Communications
  • Ensure regular community-wide messaging from the President
  • Provide more information about sustainability initiatives on campus
  • Provide a clear historical narrative of what has happened to date
  • Get students (particularly new students) excited and engaged
  • Connect sustainability to people’s daily experiences
  • Get people to care and see the urgency of climate change
Education and Research
  • Embed in education experience
  • Mandate a climate/sustainability class for all students at the school/college level
  • Start a carbon neutrality student investment fund
  • Use U-M as a laboratory for students to study options, costs, and benefits in terms of carbon, economics, and other environmental impacts
  • Incentivize and reward faculty to bring their sustainability research to bear on campus
  • Get students growing plants
  • Facilitate cross-learning with international students
  • More sustainability-focused study-abroad programs
  • Every department should offer/support/fund field-based sustainability work
  • More online sustainability courses
  • IPCC report should be presented to all students in discussion groups
  • Provide incentives for students to get involved in climate research
  • Develop heat pumps or geothermal heat pumps that will work in the Michigan Climate and can be scaled between single-family homes, apartment buildings and University buildings
Food
  • Mandate meatless Mondays
  • Make more nutritious vegetarian options available
  • Make sustainable food sourcing goal more ambitious (e.g., 50% local, 50% reduction in meat consumption, strive for zero carbon footprint)
  • Maximize efforts to bring more vegetarian-friendly restaurants to UM
  • Require all food vendors to use compostable serve ware
  • Provide UM dining chefs and catering service chefs with vegan and vegetarian cookery classes
  • The University of London has removed all beef from its meals, Cambridge has cut its food-related emissions by 1/3 just by removing beef and lamb from its offerings
  • Utilize Try It Tuesdays to make plant-based dishes irresistible
  • Utilize discreet substitutes, like half plant-based and half beef burger
  • Low carbon catering options
  • Expand the student project (ranking foods by CO2 emissions) at North Quad to all dining halls
  • Host a chef/student recipe contest to engage the community
  • Utilize augmented reality and interactive media in the dining halls
  • Challenge between dining halls to see which hall reduces their meat consumption the most
  • Reduce purchases by U-M of meat, dairy, eggs and fish by at least 50% and replace those foods with plants and plant-based proteins
Purchasing
  • Establish strict procurement requirements (incentivize low carbon purchasing)
  • Use the Transition Pathways Initiative to assess companies’ progress towards climate goals, and factor this into procurement and decision-making
  • Pursue the idea with UM procurement of having a list of “items” to purchase as speaker gifts and employee awards that aren’t stuff (e.g., tree planting, meals for needy, carbon offsets).
  • Buy commonly used items in bulk and have departments request them to be delivered. This would eliminate many delivery truck trips and packaging from individual shipments
  • Switch to PURPLE NITRILE and PURPLE NITRILE-XTRA Examination gloves to take advantage of the RIGHTCYCLE program
  • Ban all single-serving coffee and coffee accessories like cream, stir sticks, sugar, etc.
  • Limit rapid shipments (2 hr. to 2 days) of single or a limited number of items
Landfill Waste
  • Expand composting and recycling
  • Mandate all events are zero waste
  • Ban all single-use/disposable materials everywhere on campus
  • Eliminate giveaway trash from external vendors inside the stadium
  • Look into Sierra Energy, a company that eliminates the need for landfills through gasification
  • Partner with the city for year-round composting
  • Compost all restroom paper towels
Environmental Justice
  • Hire a dedicated environmental justice advisor to stay in line with Michigan’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion standards
  • Each internal analysis team should have a student with a humanities/social science background to incorporate social justice considerations 
  • Position social justice at the center of UM’s carbon neutrality efforts, giving due weight to the disproportionate impacts of fossil fuel extraction and burning on historically marginalized communities
PCCN Process
  • Start by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 (2030)
  • Post the meeting notes quickly and transparently for the public
  • Ensure commission members go to student advisory panel meetings
  • Make information about key issues accessible to the public
  • Include all members on campus in the process- and decision-making
  • Learn from other committees (e.g., Labor Standards and Human Rights (Ravi Anupindi))
  • Consult with external experts (e.g., community members, industry, etc.)
  • Engage Michigan Medicine and North Campus
  • Include people directly impacted by power plants
  • Host public meetings regularly
  • Report progress often
  • Respect student perspectives
  • Host more targeted Town Halls (e.g., by unit)
  • Define “financially responsible”
  • Seek the expertise of known firms that have helped cities transition toward carbon neutrality
  • Publicly acknowledge the scientific basis of the PCCN's work; Convey and act with more urgency 
  • Restructure the Commission to have more full-time staff
  • Understand why the recommendations in the 2015 President's Greenhouse Gas Committee Report were not all implemented
  • Include more utility folks in the PCCN work and analysis 
Plan Implementation
  • Ensure President/Provost/Deans/upper management lead the way
  • Establish a Sustainability VP with broad purview
  • Establish accountable, transparent, and effective mechanisms for implementation
  • Include processes for re-visiting and revising previous and current actions
  • Name and empower champions in all units
  • Align policies, procedures, and systems with the vision
  • Deliver education, training and action tools
  • Establish metrics and milestones and provide regular feedback
  • Reward and recognize local innovation
  • Have strong outreach where lessons learned are broadcast widely and often
  • Involve every unit/person on campus to rally our community for culture change
Outside PCCN Scope
  • Stop the power plant expansion
  • Divestment