No matter what you choose to study at the University of Michigan, you can help to make a sustainable difference in the stewardship of our planet, both during your time on campus—and for years to come.
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
- DOW SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATION STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARD (SISCA): Win up to $10,000 for your sustainability idea (or $2,500 for a runner-up prize) through this annual competition. (Click here to learn about the winners of the 2012 competition.)
- EARTHFEST: A good place to start is by coming to the annual EarthFest: Party for the Planet on the Diag each fall to learn about all kinds of sustainability-related activities and opportunities at the university. This year's gathering has been scheduled for September 25, 2014.
- STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (SSI): You may also want to connect with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI), which coordinates and provides a voice for a range of related student groups on campus.
- STUDENT GROUPS: Through both the EarthFest and the SSI, you can find out about dozens of student groups that engage in environmental or sustainability-related activities.
- BE A GREEN WOLVERINE: Pick up a copy of "How to Be a Green Wolverine" (available in most Residence Halls, at the Office of Campus Sustainability, and at the Graham Institute) to learn how you can be more environmentally responsible in your day-to-day activities.
- PLANET BLUE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM: Be a sustainability leader on campus and join a community of U-M faculty, staff, and students, working together to create a culture of sustainability at U-M. Start with a short online training.
- PLANET BLUE ROOM: Want to know what you can do to live sustainably in university housing? Already living a sustainable lifestyle in your residence hall room or university apartment? Certify your room as a Planet Blue Room and join others in taking environmentally responsible actions and having a positive impact while living in university housing.
- PLANET BLUE STUDENT INNOVATION FUND: Interested in more expansive, big-picture opportunities to make an impact at the university If so, then check out the new Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund, which provides grants of up to $50,000 for student-initiated, large-scale projects that advance sustainability at U-M. Send questions the PBSIF Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Concept proposals due Nov 27, 2013; full proposals due Jan. 15, 2014.
If you'd like to stay informed about what's happening in the world of sustainability at U-M, then we encourage you to visit this website often and/or to sign up for our "U-M Sustainability News" e-newsletter.