Towards A Campus Culture Of Environmental Sustainability

August 2011

A review of comprehensive plans to address the cultural and behavioral aspects of environmental sustainability at the University of Michigan.

Many colleges and universities have undertaken large-scale environmental sustainability efforts, but few have developed comprehensive plans to address the cultural or behavioral aspects of environmental sustainability on their campuses.
Recently the University of Michigan (UM) commissioned a committee to develop recommendations for how campus community members could begin to behave in more
environmentally sustainable ways and thus develop a “culture of environmental sustainability.” The purpose of this paper is to describe these recommendations, their theoretical basis, the process by which they were developed, and how they relate to other efforts across the USA. The authors hope that other institutions interested in reducing their environmental impact will also embark on the process of comprehensively addressing the behavioral aspects of environmental sustainability.