Planet Blue Student Leaders

PBSL Impact 2020

Planet Blue Student Leaders work as part-time employees of Student Life who mobilize their peers to grow a culture of sustainability on campus by building partnerships on campus and designing behavior change campaigns.  Throughout the year, PBSLs participate in weekly programs to develop leadership skills and build the capacity of their diverse, interdisciplinary project teams. Contact to learn more.

Applications will open for the 2021-22 PBSL cohort in March.

Our Work

Our current projects include:

  • Water bottle beauty pageant: a campaign to express yourself and reduce single-use plastic consumption through competitive water bottle decorating
  • Mythbusting recycling: a campaign to reduce recycling contamination in off-campus housing
  • Turn it down one degree: a campaign to save money and energy in student housing
  • Second-hand when you can: a campaign to reduce environmental harm from fast fashion
  • The PBSL Podcast - a bi-weekly conversation about all things student sustainability on campus. Listen on Spotify.

Past projects include:

  • Carbon Neutrality Trivia Night
  • WasteLESS Dinner and Panel Discussion: a meal and community conversation about food waste
  • Zero Waste Convocation
  • UMove-Out: organized an off-campus move-out waste reduction project that provided drop-off locations for students to donate nearly 600 goods to the Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
  • Support campus-wide sustainability efforts like Earthfest.
  • Energy Scavenger Hunt: piloted an interactive energy efficiency audit at Pierpont Commons

Get Involved