A university-wide program to provide U-M community members with sustainability knowledge and cultivate leaders who promote and model sustainable practices on and off campus and throughout their careers.
Established in 2011, the Graham Institute continues to lead this University-wide program in partnership with others to provide U-M community members with sustainability knowledge and cultivate leaders who promote and model sustainable practices on and off-campus and throughout their careers.
To become a Planet Blue Ambassador, U-M community members complete online training or request an in-person group training for their office, department, class, or residence hall. The training goes over our campus sustainability goals, our progress on them to-date, and how anyone can get involved in sustainability on campus and contribute towards our sustainability goals. After completing the training, Ambassadors receive a monthly newsletter with sustainability updates and are encouraged to join a variety of workshops, tours, and volunteer opportunities to continue the learning started in the training and to help participants determine the ways they most want to engage.
The Planet Blue program continues to be a campus-wide collaboration that includes academic, operations, and co-curricular units.
Initially, the program involved the Graham Institute, University Housing, the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Voices of the Staff Environmental Stewardship Team, and the Student Sustainability Initiative.