Sustainability Goal Framework

In September, 2011 University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, reinforced the University's commitment to sustainability with the creation of the Office of Campus Sustainability and the universities adoption of long term Sustainability Goals. 

The goals were identified through a Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment process (CSIA). The CSIA was an intensive, two-year project led by  the  Graham Sustainability Institute (GSI) and the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) involving more than 500 students, faculty, and staff representing 101 organizational units and 27 academic programs.

The purpose of the IA was to identify long term sustainability goals that would be difficult to achieve yet potentially attainable. The geographic boundary that the goals are measured against included the five Ann Arbor Campuses (South, Central, Medical, North, and East Medical) only and do not include any property owned or leased by the University of Michigan outside of that boundary. All of the goals are measured against an FY2006 baseline, and strive to be achieved by 2025.  

The goals are as follows:

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% 

Decrease the carbon intensity of passenger trips on U-M transportation options by 30% 

Reduce waste tonnage diverted to disposal facilities by 40% 

Purchase 20% of U-M food in accordance with U-M Sustainable Food Purchasing Guidelines 

Protect Huron River water quality by minimizing runoff from impervious surfaces and reducing the volume of land management chemicals used on campus by 40%

Invest in sustainability culture programs to educate our community, track behavior, and report on progress over time