Sustainability News, May 2015 | University of Michigan
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MAY 2015

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U-M Campus bicycles

Join the May Commuter Challenge

Throughout this month, commuters are encouraged to make their commutes to work more sustainable. Sign-up in teams, log sustainable commutes, and win prizes.The commuter challenge is a part of Ann Arbor's "Get Downtown Challenge" and it attracts the participation of many U-M departments every year.
Sign-Up and join us!

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Lake Erie canobacterial  blooms

U-M Water Center Grant Helps Track Lake Erie Toxicity Levels

Nutrient levels help determine when and where rapid cyanobacterial buildups occur, "but what we don't fully understand is what determines whether these cyanobacterial blooms are highly toxic or not," said University of Michigan marine microbiologist and oceanographer Gregory Dick.

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Guide to off-campus food

New Off-Campus Food Guide

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program, this guide was created by students in ENVIRON 391: Sustainability and the Campus. It's full of resources to help you find healthy, affordable, and sustainable foods!

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Andy Hoffman

BLOG: Finding Your Model of Leadership & Change

The Graham Institute is pleased to welcome Andy Hoffman as incoming Director of Education beginning in September.
In this post Andy asks "Are we trying to change 'hearts and minds' or are we trying to make a point?" What is our theory of change for building a more sustainable future?

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Chart: Reducing pesticides on campus

Reducing Pesticide Use on Campus

The 54 percent reduction is largely due to a campus wide transition toward using organic fertilizer on lawn areas, led by the university's Sustainable Land Management Guidelines and the decrease exceeds the university's sustainability goal.

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