University of Michigan Initiatives

The University of Michigan prides itself on creating an environment for students, faculty, and staff that promotes a positive outlook on the future based on sustainability. Currently The University is involved in many campus-wide efforts that can help reduce the ecological footprint of the campus and make sustainable computing a reality.

U of M University of Michigan Initiatives:

  • National member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative - promotes adoption of sustainable technologies
  • Participates in e-waste recycling event
  • Provides smart computing tips to the community via webpage
  • Member of Green IT Achievement Program

This list provides only a few of the many initiatives that The University has incoporated into its daily operations. 

Fact: The United States would save $4 billion worth of electricity if all office computers were set to sleep mode when not in use (MPlanet Blue Sustainable Computing webpage)

With this information, it's interseting to find out where The University stands as compared to other schools due to competition creating behavioral change. If The University of Michigan and other rival universities, such as the ones listed below, implement a competition regarding computing, more students may participate in sustainable computing practices due to the competitive nature of U of M and its rival schools (Kelly & Phelps, 2013). 

Ohio StateOhio State University: The University has set many goals to promote sustainability, including 90% diversion of the university's materials from landfills by 2030. They have a large website dedicated to educating the OSU community on sustainability and what the university is doing to achieve it. (osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability.html)

Michigan StateMichigan State University: The University has been ranked as one of the top five sustainable campuses. It also has a student run organic farm, LEED certified buildings, and a bike sharing program. (sustainability.msu.edu)

Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame:The University has many competitions to promote sustainability between dorms, school buildings, and offices. They also host events to promote sustainability by encouraging students to bring their own reusable resources, such as water bottles and coffee mugs. (green.nd.edu)

 

While it's clear that the University of Michigan has made its attempts at sustainability on campus, the actual concept of sustainable computing is often lacking in general knowledge of the public. It seems that this is the case at other schools as well. Upon searching the respective school's websites, little to no information was readily available in regards to sustainable computing. U of M has many website pages dedicated to the topic, though it's often a forgotten concept. The University of Michigan can, and should, do more to promote sustainable computing on campus. 

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