Campus Sustainability

Carbon Neutrality Goal
The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality brings together the U-M community and regional partners to develop recommendations for the university to achieve carbon neutrality, as well as develop scalable and transferable strategies that can be used by other institutions and larger communities to achieve the same goal. The scope of the committee’s charge spans the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

2025 Sustainability Goals

  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25%, the equivalent of removing nearly 42,000 cars from the road.
  • Make the University transportation system more efficient—decreasing vehicle carbon output by 30% for every person in a University car, truck, or bus.
  • Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40%.
  • Protect the Huron River through best-in-class stormwater control strategies and by applying 40% fewer chemicals to campus landscapes.
  • Promote sustainable foods while supporting more Michigan farmers and producers through purchasing guidelines and a commitment that at least 20% of U-M food comes from local and sustainable sources.

The University is focusing its expertise and resources to spur progress and establish leadership in the critical arena of sustainability.

The goal of our educational programs is to inspire our students to gain the knowledge needed to address sustainability in their chosen careers.

Our research programs draw on our multidisciplinary strengths in attacking major sustainability problems on a local-to-global scale.

In our operations, we aim to set the standard for excellence in achieving a green campus.

Combined efforts in these three areas represent our institutional commitment to sustainability known as Planet Blue.

As a visitor on campus you will experience a range of benefits from our sustainability commitment, including more alternative transportation options and an increase in locally sourced food options at campus eateries.

In the fall, you can attend an M Farmers Market hosted by the Central Student Government and Michigan Dining.

You can help reduce campus waste by participating in our composting and recycling programs in buildings across campus. Or you can choose to refill a reusable water bottle at more than 400 water refill stations on campus.

Michigan Dining, Michigan Catering and University Unions are reducing their carbon footprints by reducing food waste; conserving water; and buying more local food products for their events, restaurants, cafés, and dining halls.

University Housing uses LED bulbs wherever possible; has switched most water fixtures to promote lower flow; and cleans with liquid ozone, a sustainable and green cleaning agent.

To learn more about the University’s sustainability efforts and upcoming events, visit Planet Blue at