Planet Blue Student Leaders

PBSL Photo Gallery

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    Members of the 2018-19 PBSL at team at their orientation 

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    Planet Blue Student Leaders visit classrooms to talk about sustainability and the implementation of new campus programs.

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    The coffee served in our dining halls is organic, free trade and locally roasted. Here, PBSLs visit the local roaster to learn about the process.

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    PBSLs promote the annual Kill-a-Watt energy-saving competition in the residence halls each fall.

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    As a group project, PBSLs put on a “skill-share” festival where any Housing students could come learn sustainable-living skills before leaving to live off-campus.

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    To better understand waste and recycling behaviors of students living the halls, PBSLs don haz-mat suits and sort through Markley’s trash – identifying items that could have been recycled or donated for re-use.

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    PBSLs helped advocate for water bottle refill stations found across Housing.

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    PBSLs work in small groups to discuss sustainability issues and work on plans to improve sustainability in their halls.

Planet Blue Student Leaders (PBSLs) are part-time employees of Student Life who act as peer educators to promote sustainable living behaviors and work in small teams to implement year-long projects that support campus sustainability goals. Throughout the year, PBSLs participate in weekly programs to develop leadership skills and build the capacity of diverse, interdisciplinary project teams.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in hands-on learning about campus sustainability initiatives, organizational change, behavior change, sustainable leadership, and professional communication.
  • Develop and implement a year-long initiative to promote a culture of sustainability on campus, working as a team.
  • Organize cross-campus events, such as the WasteLESS Dinner, to engage the community in conversations around food access and food waste.
  • Serve as the first introduction to sustainability at the University of Michigan for new students at the annual zero-waste Convocation Picnic.
  • Visit locations such as the Net Zero Home in Ann Arbor, Eastern Market in Detroit, Espresso Royale Roasters, and nearby universities to learn about sustainability in different environments.
  • Conduct in-person training to certify Student Life staff and peers in composting best practices.
  • Attend a team building program in the fall to explore leadership and communication among the new PBSL team.