2015 Sustainability Progress Report

Goal Progress

With a rich history of operational sustainability, U‑M continues to work toward strengthening our ability to operate in the most environmentally responsible manner possible. Our collective efforts support 2025 campus sustainability goals in the areas of:

Climate Action

$4.3M upgrades to University Hospital

A $3 million project for new occupancy sensors and a $1.3 million air handler upgrade project will improve energy efficiency at the U-M Health System’s University Hospital.

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Waste Prevention

RecycleMania returns

Employees working in various campus buildings collected more than 826,000 pounds of recyclables while battling it out for recognition as leaders in recycling and waste reduction in the ninth annual RecycleMania Battle of the Buildings Competition.

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Healthy Environments

East Quad Garden opens

Continued sustainable land management efforts by grounds crews across the university have resulted in a 36 percent reduction in the use of traditional chemicals on campus property in 2015.

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Community Engagement

20 years of Earthfest

For 20 years, the campus community has partied for the planet by celebrating EarthFest, an annual event promoting sustainability at U-M.

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Other 2015 Highlights

Athletics’ commitment

The Athletic Department continues to work toward its commitment to environmental stewardship in four key areas: waste reduction and recycling; energy efficiency and sustainable building infrastructure; water conservation, chemical usage and sustainable cleaning practices; and education and awareness. ​In 2015, the Athletic Department continued their focus on energy management. Building automation systems were upgraded in various facilities and overall energy consumption for athletic facilities was reduced by 2% from FY 2014.