About OCS

Organizational Structure

The Office of Campus Sustainability is part of U-M Facilities and Operations.  Click here to learn about the various areas that are part of F&O.

Responsibilities

The Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) serves as a focal point for sustainable campus operations, and collaborates with academic and research units, auxiliaries, and student groups to further efforts toward reaching the campus wide Sustainability Goals.  Additionally, OCS is responsible for tracking and reporting the progress toward these goals, and communicating with the campus and surrounding community to engage staff, students and faculty.

Background

The University achievements in sustainable campus operations speak to a long-standing strategic commitment. Our hope is that as you browse this website, you will come to appreciate the outstanding efforts that have been underway on campus, as well as our future endeavors. We welcome everyone's involvement in helping to create a more sustainable campus for us to live on, learn from, and enjoy as we move forward on the University mission of building future leaders and helping to solve the world's pressing issues. In 2009, after student encouragement to coordinate sustainability efforts on campus, then president Coleman created the Office of Campus Sustainability.  Students have a history of being drivers of change on campus.

To further University of Michigan excellence in the field of environmental sustainability, the President and Executive Officers of the University implemented an organizational framework to:

  • Inspire students, faculty, and staff to become involved in helping to solve the environmental sustainability issues facing the world we live in
  • Coordinate, facilitate and advance sustainability efforts in campus operations
  • Coordinate, facilitate and advance sustainability efforts in university academics and
  • Connect academic and operations activities to foster collaborative sustainability learning

At the heart of this organizational structure is a collaborative effort between the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. Together, these units work to advance sustainability at the University by connecting operational efforts to research and learning opportunities whenever possible and practical.