Award-Winning Sustainable Cleaning Practices
University Housing and other Student Life facilities have adopted a more sustainable, safer and less expensive alternative to conventional chemical cleaning with aqueous ozone. First piloted at South Quad in 2010, the earth-friendly cleaning agent has been adopted in nearly all other residence halls and in the Michigan League and Michigan Union. U-M is the first university in the country to implement aqueous ozone cleaning, and received the 2013 Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services Award by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services for this effort.
26% percent reduction below 2006 levels in use of land management chemicals
Earlier this year, Grounds Services crews treated the landscaping areas of the Diag and Ingalls Mall with organic fertilizers and compost tea in place of traditional chemical fertilizers to create environmentally friendly green zones. The plan is to expand these sustainable land management practices more broadly on campus in the future.
U-M Earns Tree Campus USA for Fifth Straight Year
Some 16,000-17,000 trees cover the university grounds of the Ann Arbor campus. To earn the "Tree Campus USA" certification from the National Arbor Day Foundation, campus communities must effectively manage their trees; develop connectivity beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests; and engage students in service learning opportunities, among other criteria.
19% percentage of U-M purchased food that came from local and sustainable sources in 2013
There are 84 licensed food establishments on campus, including athletic event related food operations, campus eateries, Residential Dining Services, University Unions and the U-M Health System.
U-M Sustainable Food Program
The U-M Sustainable Food Program is an organization aimed at creating a sustainable food system on campus. The organization centers on the Campus Farm, and is comprised of ten other student organizations and more than 100 student volunteers.