Multiple units and individuals collaborate to lead, organize, and manage the overall U-M Sustainability Initiative and its related programs and activities. Here is a snapshot of core components of this collective work:
- Sustainability Executive Council: Chaired by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, this committee of senior university leaders sets direction and goals, reviews proposals and funding requests, and ensures that sustainability decisions and priorities are overseen at the highest level.
- Special Counsel for Sustainability: Professor Don Scavia serves as President Coleman's Special Counsel for Sustainability. In this role, Prof. Scavia functions as U-M's primary sustainability point person—advising the executive officers and president on sustainability, serving as the primary contact for students working on sustainability-related issues, and guiding the discussion, planning, and coordination of the full range of sustainability activities across campus.
- Sustainability Initiative Staffing: At the heart of the U-M Sustainability Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS) and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. With OCS leading the advancement and coordination of sustainable campus operations and Graham leading collaborative sustainability education and research efforts on campus, these units work together to advance sustainability by connecting operational efforts with research and learning opportunities whenever possible and practical.