Graham Sustainability Institute

Sustainability and the Campus Course


This hands-on course uses the U-M campus as a "living-learning laboratory" to actively explore the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

This interactive, interdisciplinary course draws upon theory and practice in sustainability, environmental management, organizational change, and social advocacy. Students conduct a substantial, hands-on group project in conjunction with a university sponsor. Students complete the course with an understanding of the campus as a lever for social/environmental change and with the personal tools to act as change agents. This course addresses real-life challenges of campus sustainability and includes the following activities:

  • Site visits
  • Guest lectures
  • Discussions and lectures
  • Group projects

ENVIRON 391 project teams have created or helped launch major initiatives at UM including the UM Campus Farm, the Ann Arbor bike share program, the "Go Blue Box" reusable container takeout program, the "Welcome to Planet Blue" guide, greening of commencement and Camp Michigania, and more. Please search below for the final reports from past projects.


  • UC 327 Thinking for Sustainability, to be taken in the first fall semester following acceptance into the program
  • UC 427 Leadership Development for Sustainability, to be taken in the second fall semester of program participation

See Academic Requirements and Field Experiences for additional details about the program requirements.

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