Climate action opportunities will abound at Earthfest


As U-M’s sustainability efforts expand, Earthfest fosters a culture of sustainability and provides an opportunity to engage in university climate action efforts.

Earthfest, an annual event celebrating environmental initiatives across the university, takes place on the Diag from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21.


This year’s Earthfest features 40 student organizations, university units and local nonprofits sharing opportunities to learn about and get involved in sustainable operations, environmental advocacy, research and environmental justice.

Highlights include:

  • Interactive art sessions led by students.
  • Photo shoots with Rufus, U-M’s zero-waste mascot.
  • A tree planting demonstration at noon with the opportunity to participate.
  • A farm stand — a partnership between the U-M Sustainable Food Program and the Campus Farm — offering produce grown by students. The stand operates each Thursday outside the U-M Museum of Art.

Earthfest is jointly organized by the Office of Campus Sustainability, Student Life Sustainability, the School for Environment and Sustainability, the Graham Sustainability Institute, and various other U-M units.

Concurrent efforts to enhance sustainability in campus life include extensive geo-exchange and solar energy plans across campuses, expanded Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund grants for on-campus projects designed to reduce U-M’s environmental impact, and the upcoming publication of U-M’s second annual climate action report, expected in the coming weeks.


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