The University of Michigan has a long history of students and staff getting actively involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Back in the 1970s, staff members began vanpooling to reduce the impact of their commutes. In 1997, dining staff began composting pre-consumer food waste. In 2008, students banded together through the Student Sustainability Initiative (now called Student Sustainability Coalition) to call for then President Mary Sue Colman to establish an Office of Campus Sustainability and LEED building standards.
More recently students, staff, and faculty participated in the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality to chart a path for how U-M's three campuses could achieve net zero emissions. In this section of the Planet Blue Campus website, you'll find opportunities and resources to help you live into U-M’s campus sustainability goals and chart your own path of sustainability engagement in the programs and on the issues you care most about.
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.
- The Planet Blue Ambassador program has crowdsourced ideas and resources to inspire individuals to take sustainable actions even while social distancing.