Planet Blue: Sustainability at the University of Michigan

MARCH 2016

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Earthfest

Apply to the Student Sustainability Initiative
Board by March 9

SSI is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for the environment and sustainability to fill six openings on the board for the 2016-2017 academic year. Deadline to apply is March 9, 2016 at 11:59pm: Apply Here.

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Low on Fuel

Fuel-efficient cars best way to fight climate change

Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the U-M Transportation Research Institute have concluded that driving a vehicle with better gas mileage is by far the most impactful way for an individual to combat climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Students at U-M Recovering Food

Food Recovery Network chapter reaches
10,000 meal milestone

What do U-M students do with more than 13,000 + pounds of food? They recover it and share it, producing 10,000 meals for local residents over a two-year period. Food Recovery Network student volunteers are dedicated to saving energy, reducing hunger, and lessening the impact of food waste on the environment.

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Handful of Glass

Glass recycling collection suspended on campus

Early this year glass recycling collection was suspended on campus, following notification from the Western Washtenaw Recyling Authority that it no longer accepts glass recyclables.
The U-M Waste and Recycling Office is exploring methods to develop a new collection program on campus for these items.

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Male uses bike for transportation

Advancing livable communities through sustainable transportation

U-M researchers worked collaboratively with stakeholders and decision makers to establish what transportation policies, interventions, innovations, and partnerships best enable liveable communities in urban areas. This factsheet summarizes their findings.

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Graph illustrating Solar Panel Prices

Solar Financing in the U.S. - An Intern's Explanation

As installation prices are falling, adoption is growing, and public opinion is changing, the solar industry is continuing to grow. While there are still improvements to be made, in parts of the country solar power is already cost competitive with coal and natural gas.

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Lightning

Adapting to climate change in Michigan

Despite a recent international climate agreement to combat global warming, scientists still expect a significant temperature increase and changes in precipation over the coming decades. U-M Climate Center's Elizabeth Gibbons and Professor Andy Hoffman are cited in this article.

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