The University of Michigan offers a wide range of programs and opportunities to be involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
- Planet Blue Student Leaders are an ‘eco-rep’ program operated through Student Life to encourage peer-to-peer sustainability behavior change while providing leadership skills for sustainability organizing and social change.
- U-M Sustainable Food Program is a student designed program to support sustainable food student groups and efforts on campus, from helping scale the Campus Farm to growing the Maize and Blue Cupboard. Supported through Student Life, leadership team applications open each spring.
- Student Sustainability Coalition is an umbrella organization for sustainability related student groups on campus, providing clear communication pathways between students and UM administration. SSC also provides funding support for sustainability projects through the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund up to $50,000 annually
- Open to all undergraduate students across U-M’s Ann Arbor campus, the Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars program engages participants in collaborative, co-curricular activities that foster interdisciplinary sustainability leadership, collaboration, and community engagement. Participants receive funding of up to $3,500, training, and real world sustainability experience.
- The Dow Sustainability Fellows program supports full-time graduate students at the University of Michigan who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.
- The Sustainable Living Experience Theme Community at Oxford Houses provides a residential experience and community rooted in experiential learning and engaged citizenship in various aspects of sustainability as well as climate and environmental justice.
- Residence Hall Association - Sustainability, Housing Advocacy and Dining Efforts committee focuses on sustainability efforts by residents where they live and eat.
- Central Student Government is regularly focused on sustainability, either through the sustainability commission or through policy advisors
- PCCN Student Advisory Panel is a group of student advisors that have been active throughout the PCCN's process, providing perspectives on Commission-related matters and documents.
Campus as a Laboratory
Call it Campus as Lab or Living Learning Laboratory, the University of Michigan has a growing number of ways to engage and utilize the facilities and operations for sustainability learning. This happens in formal classroom partnerships such as Environ 391 where student projects have led to the creation of the Campus Farm. Or with Michigan Dining as they partner with over 140 student sustainability projects annually. And, there are funding opportunities to support student projects, including those just for sustainable food.
For students interested in working on sustainability with the Office of Campus Sustainability, Student Life, Michigan Dining, the Graham Sustainability Institute, or the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, these departments post both work-study and non work-study positions on the Michigan Student Employment website regularly. Additionally, many of the program opportunities in sustainability offer some form of pay or stipend.
There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities for students at U-M including: helping out at zero waste events, learning how to grow food at the Campus Farm, removing invasive species at Nichols Arboretum, and helping stock the shelves at the Maize and Blue Cupboard.
Zero Waste Events
A zero waste event aims to reduce waste, recycle and compost as much as possible to divert waste from the landfill. Zero waste events are an important contribution to U-M’s waste reduction goal and the Office of Campus Sustainability can help you in these efforts.