On Wednesday (March 30), the University of Michigan issued its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report, which covers in great detail the school’s efforts across its campuses to build sound environmental practices into day-to-day operations. The report spotlights the latest developments in U-M’s sweeping Planet Blue initiative – which, in addition to sustainability, includes research and education – and underscores goal progress, student engagement and more. It also draws attention to the university’s jump from a silver to a gold Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) rating, as determined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Highlights of this latest Sustainability Progress Report include the fact that the university has invested close to $100 million to help green its campus in areas such as food waste composting, greater energy conservation at the University of Michigan Health System and renewable energy demonstration projects on campus. The report states that more than 2,400 students, faculty and staff have made sustainability pledges numbering more than 20,000 and that its 19 schools and colleges employ 808 faculty members who currently are conducting research into sustainability issues. The school also offers almost 60 degrees and programs with a focus on sustainability.
In 2015, U-M opened its Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, where researchers are exploring ways to build more efficient, less expensive energy-storage devices, and its Mcity testing grounds, where studies take place into connected and automotive vehicles in a controlled environment. Each facility is located on the school’s North Campus in Ann Arbor.
Read a comprehensive story about the 2015 Sustainability Progress Report on the Michigan News website. The story has a link to the full report, which in turn links to multiple stories published in the University Record on sustainability gains at the University of Michigan.