The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute has awarded seven grants, totaling $70,000, to U.S. and Canadian researchers who will help residents of shoreline communities adapt to current and future variability in Great Lakes water levels.
Continued sustainable land management efforts by grounds crews across the university have resulted in a 54 percent reduction in the use of traditional chemicals on campus property in 2014.
When Michaela Zint revamped the course Environ 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems a few years back, she decided the way to motivate students was to appeal to their desire to make a difference.
For Sudhakar Reddy, volunteering is more than a passion: it’s central to his philosophy of sustainability.
"In Indian philosophy, after age 50, it’s important to be giving back to your family, friends and society, and those who are deserving. And how do you give back to them? You have to get involved. This is a sustainable approach."
Global transformations begin with local actions. That's the operating principle behind U-M's Planet Blue Ambassador program.
Since its launch in January 2013, more than 2,000 U-M staff, students and faculty have become certified ambassadors, completing more than 20,000 environmental actions.
Michigan Dining not only provides tasty food to the university, it is investing in the future of sustainable dining. This year, the group is sponsoring a homegrown event on Central Campus that is sure to spark opportunities for anyone wanting a sustainable, equitable food system in southeast Michigan.
The Thompson Street addition to the Institute for Social Research has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED, or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
Employees working in various campus buildings will again battle to lead the university in recycling and waste reduction in the ninth annual RecycleMania Battle of the Buildings Competition, Sunday-March 28.
Forty master's and professional-degree students from nine U-M schools and colleges recently were named Dow Sustainability Fellows.
In vehicles powered by the sun, students from Abu Dhabi University and the University of Michigan will join forces in a grueling, four-day race across the United Arab Emirates.
Extreme water-level fluctuations in the Great Lakes, including historic lows on lakes Michigan and Huron in 2013 and substantial upward trends in 2014, are creating serious challenges for many shoreline property owners, tourism-related businesses, municipal planners and others.
Energy use in buildings accounts for nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated in Detroit, while exhaust from cars, trucks and buses is responsible for about 30 percent of the total, according to a new citywide inventory compiled by U-M student researchers.
The university will convene working groups on greenhouse gas, waste reduction and campus culture as part of a review of its Campus Sustainability Goals and to generate new ideas to accelerate progress.
The University of Michigan has avoided millions of dollars in energy costs for the seventh consecutive year as the result of ongoing efforts by the Planet Blue Operations Team and Plant Engineering on the Ann Arbor campus.
The campus community will have the opportunity to celebrate sustainable foods and healthy eating at a variety of Michigan Harvest events throughout October.
Sustainable lab practices in all campus laboratories have resulted in an estimated 10 percent energy reduction and avoidance of $1.5 million in energy costs for the university.
Findings from a new U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program report show most faculty, students and staff have boosted their knowledge about how to be more sustainable — particularly in the areas of foods and waste prevention — but behavior in these areas has remained essentially unchanged.
The Office of Campus Sustainability will host a town hall Oct. 8 to share an update on the university's sustainability goals, with a focus on campus efforts to address waste reduction.
The Central Student Government, University Unions and Michigan Dining will host the fourth annual Farmers' Market on three days this fall at locations on Central Campus and North Campus.
The U-M squirrels will have to share the limelight with a barred owl on Sept. 17 when all things related to sustainability at the university take over the Diag for EarthFest.