Planet Blue unites these efforts and tracks our progress toward campus sustainability goals. It is truly a campuswide commitment, with individuals serving as Planet Blue Ambassadors and large units such as the Health System and Athletics helping us achieve our goals. I commend everyone at U-M who is working in collaboration with Planet Blue.
Our achievements are inspiring. To name just a few, students are helping farmers in India use silt from ponds to reduce fertilizer needs and boost crop yields. We opened the Mcity test environment to conduct research on autonomous vehicles that can communicate with infrastructure to enhance fuel economy and dramatically decrease traffic deaths. Graduate students can now live in the greenest residence hall in the history of U-M, as the Munger Graduate Residences earned LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Our university’s excellence in sustainability has benefited from the passions of several key partners and donors. From commitments to Great Lakes, sustainability and business from the Fred and Barbara Erb family and the Dow Chemical Company and Foundation, to pollution prevention and sustainable systems leadership from Peter M. Wege, to Donald Graham’s commitments to our School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Graham Institute, we have transformed our practices and approaches for the better thanks to support from our friends.
I also was proud to announce that U-M will invest $100 million during the next few years in sustainability efforts in waste reduction, greenhouse gas reduction and campus culture, as recommended by committees of students, faculty and staff.
Thank you for your interest in Planet Blue. I am amazed by the outstanding dedication and talent that we are able to marshal in service of sustainability, and I appreciate your dedication to a brighter, more sustainable future.