At the University of Michigan, we research, teach and live sustainably every day by empowering and engaging members of our campus community to be agents of change. Here's how.
- Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund: Encourages students to pursue large-scale, high-impact sustainability projects on campus. Provides grants of up to $50,000 for on campus projects.
- Student Sustainability Coalition: SSC fosters bridges among environmental and sustainability-related student groups at U-M, so they can boost their collective impact in this important area. SSC works closely with Central Student Government's Sustainability Commission.
- Planet Blue Ambassador: Launched as part of a university-wide commitment to meet campus sustainability goals, this expansive program trains, educates, and encourages students, faculty, and staff to be "models" of sustainability and be engaged across campus.
- Student Life: Offers many opportunities to get involved with sustainability. Planet Blue Student Leaders work as peer-to-peer "eco-reps," allowing students who are passionate about sustainability to work with staff and students to implement projects and engage peers. The U-M Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) is the umbrella organization for more than a dozen food sustainability groups. Students can volunteer at or visit the Campus Farm, M Farmers Markets, or zero waste events.
- Student Groups: Check out the many sustainability-focused student organizations on campus.
Sustainability During COVID-19
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented the U-M community with unprecedented and challenging new circumstances, transforming how we live, learn, work, spend time, and support others. These are anxious and uncertain times. And yet, Planet Blue encourages you to stay active in sustainability efforts.
For those in the U-M community who are seeking opportunities to advance sustainability, we are here to support you!
- The Office of Campus Sustainability provides regular updates on sustainable campus operations and resources to support a sustainable transition back to campus.
- Planet Blue Ambassadors has crowdsourced ideas and resources to inspire individuals to take sustainable actions even while social distancing.
Measuring Sustainability Behavior
- Sustainability Culture Indicators Program (SCIP): So, how well are we "walking the talk" of sustainability? This program regularly surveys and analyzes the campus community's knowledge, dispositions, and behavior related to sustainability—helping the university to monitor progress, and make improvements, toward building an ethic of sustainability at