Formal Documents

PCCN Final Report and Recommendations

Date Released: March 18, 2021

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, charged with recommending scalable, transferable, financially responsible and just strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, recently submitted its final report and recommendations to President Schlissel and university leadership.

The report includes a set of 50 proposed actions that, if enacted, could enable U-M to achieve net-zero emissions universitywide. Proposed actions do not necessarily represent U-M's institutional commitments or future plans. President Schlissel, the Board of Regents, and other university leaders, upon reviewing the report, will determine U-M's immediate, short-term, and long-term climate actions. 

Over 700 public comments (including 521 following the release of the Commission's draft report in December 2020), along with reports from internal and external analysis teams, were critical to the completion of this final report. While the Commission references these analyses throughout the document, the final report also, in large sections, includes language taken directly from those respective analyses. 

For phone or small screen viewing, please refer to the following versions of the final report and executive summary:

PCCN Draft Report and Recommendations

Date Released: December 17, 2020

The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, charged with recommending scalable and transferrable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, recently released draft recommendations for public comment. The draft report does not represent the Commission’s final recommendations. Nor does it necessarily reflect a unanimous consensus among members of the Commission.

The commission invited interested students, staff, faculty, and community members to contribute their feedback and ideas to its public comment portal through January 26, 2021. The public comment period is now closed.

U-M President Schlissel and the U-M administration have yet to weigh in on any draft recommendations from the Commission. Hence, this report does not represent U-M institutional policy; it solely constitutes a series of draft recommendations that, if followed, will rapidly decrease U-M’s carbon footprint, and ultimately drive it toward full carbon neutrality.

Finally, the reports from internal and external analysis teams, which the Commission established to inform its work, were invaluable toward the completion of this draft. While the Commission references these throughout the document, this draft also, in large sections, includes direct language from those respective analyses.

PCCN Spring 2020 Progress Report

Date Released: June 4, 2020

The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality's second interim progress report follows the Commission’s first interim progress report which was released in December 2019. This report highlights the Commission’s work during Phase Two and outlines plans for the coming months.

PCCN Fall 2019 Progress Report

Date Released: December 2, 2019

The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality first interim progress report follows the Commission’s work plan that was released in May. This report highlights the Commission’s work to date and outlines plans for the coming months.

PCCN Overview

Date Released: October 14, 2019

The 2-page overview of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality briefly highlights the mission, objectives, scope, structure and timeline of the Commission’s work.

See here for the full PCCN 2-page Overview

PCCN Work Plan

Date Released: May 1, 2019

The PCCN’s work plan outlines the approach, timeline and topic areas the Commission will address in developing its recommendations to the president for how U-M’s three campuses can achieve carbon neutrality.

See here for the full PCCN Work Plan

PCCN Charge

Date Released: February 4, 2019

The PCCN’s mission is to contribute to a more sustainable and just world by creating approaches and solutions regarding UM carbon emissions that are sustainable (environmentally, socially, and economically), involve the regional community, and can be scaled and replicated beyond the university. Toward that aim, the PCCN is charged with recommending a plan for UM (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, & Flint campuses) to achieve carbon neutrality, to be submitted to President Schlissel in early 2021.

See here for the full PCCN Charge