The University of Michigan has a long history of students and staff getting actively involved in sustainability efforts on campus. Back in the 1970s, staff members began vanpooling to reduce the impact of their commutes. In 1997, dining staff began composting pre-consumer food waste. In 2008, students banded together through the Student Sustainability Initiative (now called Student Sustainability Coalition) to call for then President Mary Sue Coleman to establish an Office of Campus Sustainability and LEED building standards.
More recently students, staff, and faculty participated in the U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality to chart a path for how U-M's three campuses could achieve net zero emissions. In this section of the Planet Blue Campus website, you'll find opportunities and resources to help you live into U-M’s campus sustainability goals and chart your own path of sustainability engagement in the programs and on the issues you care most about.