Welcome to Planet Blue

“As a public institution, U-M must be part of our society’s response to sustainability challenges on local and global scales. This requires meaningful commitments at both institutional and individual levels.”

— University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel

Planet Blue starts with you. It is the collective effort of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan representing a unified commitment to living sustainably. We are committed to solving sustainability challenges on local-to- global scales by creating, teaching, and practicing innovative approaches that improve the health of the planet and enhance the quality of life for present and future generations. We have recently been awarded a gold STARS certification from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for our efforts, but there is still much more to do!

Together, we are working to fulfill campus sustainability goals in the areas of climate action, waste prevention, healthy environments, and community awareness.

That’s where you—and this sixth annual U-M Sustainability Guide—come into play. This website is designed to help guide you on a path to living on Planet Blue. We cannot reach our goals without living them every day and encouraging our friends and family to do the same. We hope you use this guide as a reference for information, insights, and inspiration.