U-M Sustainability Initiative
In October 2009, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman elevated the university's commitment to sustainability in teaching, research, operations and engagement. Through this effort, U-M is creating and expand academic courses and research opportunities, strengthening its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, connecting academic and operational activities to make the campus a living laboratory for sustainability, and more effectively engaging external partners to define and solve complex sustainability challenges on local-to-global scales.
The U-M Sustainability Initiative is overseen by a Sustainability Executive Council comprising university leadership and chaired by President Coleman. Staffing support is provided through a collaborative partnership between the Graham Institute and Office of Campus Sustainability.
As part of this initiative, Don Scavia (Director of the Graham Institute) serves as Special Counsel to the President on Sustainability. In this role, Scavia serves as the point person for sustainability at Michigan, advising the executive officers and the president on sustainability, serving as the primary contact for students working on sustainability-related issues, and guiding the discussion, planning and coordination of the full range of sustainability activities across campus.
- "True Blue ... & Thinking Green" article featuring Prof. Don Scavia, as published in the Fall 2010 Leaders & Best (printable PDF version)
- Sustainability "Q & A" video also with Prof. Don Scavia
- University of Michigan Campus Sustainability Goals
Click below for the U-M Sustainability website: