The University of Michigan offers a wide range of programs and opportunities to be involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
- Not sure where to get started? Become a Planet Blue Ambassador (PBA) to learn about our campus sustainability goals and how you can get involved and live into them!
- The U-M Campus Farm provides leadership development, education, and research opportunities. Hands-on experience provides invaluable lessons related to sustainable food production for students from a wide range of disciplines who—even if they don’t go on to be farmers—will play a role in food systems issues ranging from public health, the environment, and our economies.
- With students and staff experiencing food insecurity at alarming rates, the Maize & Blue Cupboard provides an immediate and comprehensive response for the U-M community. By offering resources, educational opportunities, compassionate support, and more, we help students develop the skills to make informed decisions.
- The Planet Blue Student Leaders (PBSLs) are ‘eco-reps' who encourage peer-to-peer sustainability behavior change while providing leadership skills for sustainability organizing and social change.
- The U-M Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) 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.
- The Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) fosters bridges among social and environmental sustainability-related groups at U-M to create a shared vision that unifies campus-wide student sustainability efforts. SSC also provides funding support for sustainability projects.
- The Sustainability, Housing Advocacy and Dining Efforts (SHADE) committee of the Residence Halls Association focuses on sustainability efforts by residents where they live and eat.
- Central Student Government (CSG) is regularly focused on sustainability, either through the sustainability commission or through policy advisors.
Click here to learn more about the sustainability-related Fellowships and Awards offered at the University of Michigan.
Check out the 100+ sustainability-focused student organizations on campus. From sustainable food to electric cars and clean water, you're sure to find one focused on a topic you're passionate about!
Campus as a Laboratory
The University of Michigan has a growing number of ways to engage students in utilizing campus 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 on hundreds of student sustainability projects annually.
Click here to learn more about the Funding available to support student sustainability projects.
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: learning how to grow food at the Campus Farm, removing invasive species at Nichols Arboretum, helping stock the shelves at the Maize and Blue Cupboard, and helping out at zero waste events. For opportunities beyond campus, check out the Ginsberg Center's Connect to Community platform for engagement opportunities with non-profits, schools, and other community agencies.
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.