Buildings/Land U-M has over 500 buildings and over 3300 acres of land in the Ann Arbor area. The University of Michigan is committed to environmental stewardship and promotes implementation of sustainable design concepts.
LEED: LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the sustainability features of structures. All new buildings and additions with an estimated construction budget greater than $10 million shall be designed to achieve a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
Gold LEED: This symbol represents the LEED Gold buildings at U-M. LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the sustainability features of structures.
Silver LEED: This symbol represents the LEED Silver buildings at U-M. LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the sustainability features of structures.
LEED Registered: This symbol represents the LEED Registered buildings at U-M. LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to evaluate the sustainability features of structures.
One of the guiding principles of U-M 2025 Sustainability Goals indicates we will pursue land and water management, built environment, and product sourcing strategies toward improving the health of ecosystems and communities. The different color leaves represent Native(naturalized) landscapes, land management programs and natural areas.
Native Plantings: New buildings and existing landscaping are constantly reviewed to identify ways of naturalizing land. This reduces the impact from chemicals or Co2 emissions from mowing and lawn maintenance. These areas will be identified with this cooper leaf symbol.
Programs: U-M has many programs to constantly improve our land management. The yellow leaf represents some of those programs.
Over half of the land managed by U-M (1740 acres) are natural or unmaintained green spaces. The green leaf identifies some of these areas.
One of the U-M 2025 Sustainability goals is to reduce scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. With over 35 million square feet of building area our energy use is significant.
Renewable Energy: U-M is making an effort to increase the renewable energy on campus.
Solar: This symbol will identify the growing number of Solar installations on campus. The installations present a perfect learning opportunity for students and faculty and allow them to explore the benefits of using solar energy.Geothermal: This symbol identifies the geothermal locations on campus.
Co-Generation Plant: Co-Generation is the use of a gas turbine generator to simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat. You will find Co-Generation plant locations on campus with this symbol.
District Cooling: This symbol identifies the district cooling plants on campus, which provide chilled water to buildings while conserving energy and water.
Advanced Control System: This symbol represents the buildings with advanced control systems. These systems allow the building energy use to be managed from a central off-site location.
One of our Healthy Environment goals to achieve by 2025 indicates we will purchase 20% of U-M food in accordance with U-M Sustainable Food Purchase Guidelines.
Gardens/Farm: Food is a passion for many students on campus. Most examples of gardens/farms on campus began as student initiatives. The locations with this symbol represent gardens or farm locations.
Healthy Food: Providing healthy food to our students is important to U-M. This symbol will show some of the areas where healthy food can be found.
Our Waste reduction goal states that we will reduce waste tonnage diverted to disposal facilities by 40% by the year 2025.
Reduce: The most responsible way to handle waste is not to create it in the first place. Ways that we can reduce our waste are identified with this symbol.
Reuse: The second best way to handle waste is to reuse the item. This symbol identifies ways U-M reuses items on campus.
Recycle: In 2012 we had a 28% overall recycle rate. Plenty of room for us to improve! Look for the blue recycle symbol to represent recycling on campus.
Compost: Compost is also known as Black Gold. This symbol shows where U-M is turning food scraps, lawn waste and other stuff into compost.
The University operates one of the largest fleets of alternative-fuel vehicles in the United States. This category will show some of the sustainable transportation options on campus. One of our Climate Action goals indicates we will decrease carbon intensity of passenger trips on U-M transportation options by 30%.
Bus and Car: This subcategory will show highlighted bus and car options.
Central Campus Transit Center: This symbol shows the main transportation hub for the UM Magic bus system. (Also known as the Blue bus)
Vehicle Charging Stations: This symbol will direct you to the growing number of vehicle charging stations on campus.
Bike: This sub category provides various bike resources.
Blue Bike Rental: The Blue Bike symbol shows the locations that have a bike you can rent for the day, weekend or even an entire semester.
Bike Repairs: This symbol will direct you to the bike repair locations on campus.
Bike Parking: Bike parking is available in many forms on campus. There are bike racks, covered parking, secure parking and bike storage locations available with this symbol.
U-M also has a Community Awareness goal to invest in programs to educate our community, track behavior and report progress over time. In this category you will find the many ways that the university is organized to help make a difference on our campus and around the world.
Institutes and Academic programs: This symbol represents the Institutes and Academic units that will help make our students the Leaders and Best.
Operations: This symbol represents the many operational units on campus working to ‘Make Blue Go’ sustainably.
Committees: This symbol represents the many committees that meet to organize efforts toward sustainability on campus.
One of the U-M 2025 Sustainability goals is to protect Huron River water quality by reducing runoff from impervious surfaces and reducing the volume of land management chemicals used on campus by 40%.
Green Roofs: A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. This symbol will show you the green roofs on campus.
Porous Pavement: Porous pavement is an example of a pervious surface. Pervious surfaces provide opportunity for stormwater infiltration, groundwater recharge, and phosphorus removal. This symbol identifies the porous pavement locations on campus.
Retention/Detention: A common conventional method for managing stormwater is a stormwater basin. Basins are meant to collect stormwater and slowly release it at a controlled rate so that downstream areas are not flooded or eroded. A retention basin can also provide water quality benefits by reducing sediments and attached pollutants. This symbol identifies the retention or detention basins on campus.
Hydrodynamic Separators: Hydrodynamic Separator systems use the physics of flowing water to remove a variety of pollutants and are characterized by an internal structure that either creates a swirling vortex or plunges the water into the main sump. This symbol will show some of the areas on campus that help prevent these pollutants from entering the Huron River.
Infiltration: Infiltration is the process by which water on the ground surface enters the soil. Infiltration rate in soil science is a measure of the rate at which soil is able to absorb rainfall or irrigation. This symbol will show some of the ways U-M manages our stormwater using infiltration methods.
This symbol will show the locations of the various water refill locations on campus. The popup will describe the location within the building.
Locations that were initiated by students or are current student activities will be noted with this icon. By clicking on the icon you will learn the student relationship.