Green Market Guide

Whether you’re in the market for a new bike or a pair of jeans, planning a dinner out, or looking for something to do over the weekend, use this Green Market Guide to find environmentally responsible shops, restaurants, and organizations. Where you spend your time and money matters.

Businesses and organizations listed are not sponsored or endorsed in any way by the University of Michigan. They are listed for informational purposes only.

Bike Shops

Looking for a new (or new-to-you) set of wheels? Here are some locally owned shops that can help you get in gear.

Just need a tune-up? Check with your local bike shop about their services and fees. You can also check out Common Cycle, a local donation-run organization whose mission is to get more people on their bikes. They teach basic repair, maintenance, and riding skills. You can find their mobile repair station at locations around town. There is also a small bike repair station at the Central Campus Transit Station and several air pumps around campus.

Sharing 

Ann Arbor has many opportunities for Wolverines to share resources, services, and skills. These include reuse stores, housing and food co-ops, farmers and artisans markets, makerspaces, bike kitchens, tool libraries, and time banks, to name just a few. Making use of our shared resources— whether it’s time, talent, or physical goods—not only reduces our collective environmental impact but also builds community. For a complete list, visit www.a2share.org.

  • A2TimeBankAllows members to “buy” and “sell” skills using their own time and talents as currency
  • All Hands ActiveThe AHA! Shop is a makerspace in downtown Ann Arbor
  • Ann Arbor District LibraryLibraries are the original sharing platform! Ours boasts not just books, music, and movies, but also art, musical instruments, tools, telescopes, energy and air quality meters, and much more
  • Ann Arbor Free SkoolAn all-volunteer non-hierarchical collective working to create free classes, workshops, and skillshares in and around Ann Arbor
  • Ann Arbor ReskillingA community group that aims to help people learn skills for resilient, low-energy living
  • Inter-Cooperative Council Student housing governed by cooperative practices such as shared work, democratic decision-making, and pooling of resources
  • MHacksThe nation’s largest student-run hackathon, where students from all over the country come together to build software applications and hardware devices
  • Project Grow Community GardensProvides Ann Arbor area residents with the resources to grow their own fresh, organic food

Reuse Stores

Buying previously owned merchandise and/or donating unwanted items to thrift stores is an easy way to help reduce waste, as well as to keep money in the local economy.

Restaurants and Cafes 

Help support a greener marketplace by supporting businesses that “walk the talk.”

ON CAMPUS

Michigan Dining is dedicated to sustainability. See information about their operations here.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Grocers

These local grocers provide local, organic, or bulk options.  For additional resources for food off campus, please refer to the Student Off Campus Food Guide.

ON CAMPUS

  • M Farmers Markets & Produce Carts- Seasonally at Michigan Union, Wolverine Tower, NCRC, University Hospital, Domino’s Farms, and Pierpont Commons. Check website for dates and times
  • Student Food Co.- Fall & Winter Semesters on Tuesdays & Thursdays in Angell Hall

IN THE COMMUNITY

You can check out the Washtenaw Food Hub for more ways to get involved with the local food economy at www.washtenawfoodhub.com.

Shops

Find environmentally and socially responsible goods at these local retailers.

Activities and Recreation

Here’s a list of just some of the many recreational opportunities in the Ann Arbor area, including outdoor outfitters and local parks.

OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS

  • Argo Canoe LiveryOffers kayak and canoe rentals. Operated by the City of Ann Arbor. Take a trip down the Argo Cascades on the Huron River with a rental or your own tube, kayak, or canoe!
  • Bivouac Ann Arbor Gear RentalsOutdoor equipment retailers and gear rental
  • Gallup Canoe Livery-Offers canoe, kayak, paddleboat, and rowboat rentals and is surrounded by park trails and playgrounds. Operated by the City of Ann Arbor.
  • Moosejaw Outdoor gear and equipment
  • Outdoor AdventuresUniversity of Michigan Department of Recreational Sports outdoor trips and gear rental program
  • Planet Rock Climbing GymIndoor climbing wall for all skill levels with gear available to rent
  • REIOutdoor gear and equipment for rental or purchase

PARKS