Sustainability Town Hall to review push toward campus goals


The University of Michigan will host a town hall Nov. 5 to review initiatives, projects and programs that are supportive of the university’s sustainability goals.

The event is open to students, faculty and staff and will take place in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery from 9-10:30 a.m. The Office of Campus Sustainability is hosting the event.

President Mark Schlissel will deliver opening remarks. At his recent Leadership Breakfast, Schlissel announced several new sustainability efforts, noting “environmental sustainability has been one of our most important campuswide efforts in recent years.”

The university’s initiatives include increasing the involvement of students, faculty and staff in community engagement and behavior programs, extending the university’s conservation program and expanding the food waste-composting program.

“The Sustainability Town Hall is a great opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the new efforts to reduce campus waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen a culture of sustainability on campus,” said Anya Dale, sustainability representative in OCS.

“The entire campus community is welcome and encouraged to participate by sharing ideas and asking questions.”

Other speakers providing updates on the new projects include:

• Rich Robben, executive director of plant operations, speaking on greenhouse gas reduction.

• John Lawter, associate director of building services and grounds, speaking on waste reduction.

• Drew Horning, managing director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, speaking on sustainability culture.

• Terry Alexander, executive director of the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and the Office of Campus Sustainability, with closing remarks.

The event will include light refreshments from Michigan Dining and will focus on seasonal and local food.

The town hall supports the university’s overall commitment to sustainability known as Planet Blue.


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