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Carbon Neutrality Updates



ICYMI back in May, U-M committed to achieving carbon neutrality university-wide! A lot of work began over the summer, including the efforts of three student interns who helped to draft PBA training content for our campuses in Flint and Dearborn. Check the drop-downs on this page for the most updated news.

Reusable To-Go Containers

Michigan Dining’s to-go stations are committed to sustainability through the use of their new reusable to-go containers! Each Residential and Premium meal plan holder can now experience a sustainable carry-out service by temporarily “checking out” an environmentally-friendly container, which can then be returned to any dining hall after enjoying the meal. Learn more.

Well-Being and Sustainability

This summer, U-M Student Life Sustainability intern Emily Freeland took a deep dive into the intersection of well-being and sustainability. She researched how other universities are working to make well-being a priority and learned how fostering community resilience can make campuses stronger and more sustainable. Check out her recent blog post to learn about clever initiatives like Dawson College’s Monarch Butterfly Nursery, along with ways U-M is coordinating well-being and sustainability efforts.

Promote PBA in Zoom

If you'd like to use Zoom to promote becoming a Planet Blue Ambassador, download this new virtual background here. Shout out to PBA Eva Weissman for the awesome idea!

STUDENT FUNDING

Dow Distinguished Awards

Graduate and professional students: Earn up to $40,000 over one calendar year for interdisciplinary sustainability projects addressing climate change or circular economy. Submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) by September 29! Learn more.

GET INVOLVED

U-M Earth Fest '21

Earthfest celebrates the wide world of sustainability at U-M! Stroll through the Diag on September 23 from 10am - 2pm to discover opportunities to get involved in sustainability and environmental justice. Dive deeper with sessions throughout the week to do something hands-on, meet new people, and more (including an in-person PBA training)! 
 
Background image by Davies Design Studio on Unsplash
The U-M Sustainable Food Program and the Campus Farm invite you to the 9th Annual Harvest Festival, on Sunday, September 26 from 1pm - 4pm. This celebration of all things sustainable food at U-M is located at the U-M Campus Farm and Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Join for games, music, food, farm tours, and connections to many organizations on campus and in our local community working to make our food system more just and resilient. This event is FREE and open to the community, so bring your friends and family. Free bus transportation will run every 20 minutes to and from the Central Campus Transit Center.

Office Supply Reuse

Does your office have pens, folders, staplers, or other supplies that are no longer needed? On October 6 and 7, crews will collect gently-used office supplies from campus buildings and make them available at no cost to other University departments and local non-profits. Departments must indicate their intent to participate by October 1. Learn more here.

A2Zero Heat Pump Workshop

On Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm, the GreenHome Institute and the City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations are hosting a special workshop for residents interested in learning about heating (and cooling!) their homes and water with climate-smart electricity. The event will be outdoors at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company with limited seating to maintain a COVID-safe environment. Given space limitations, individuals interested in attending need to register here.

Sustainability Activism at U-M:
Then and Now

Take a walk through time with PBA Jeremiah Eaton to learn about the history of sustainability activism at U-M and how you can contribute to the effort, now and into the future. Read more.

Stay Up-to-Date

Between newsletters, visit the PBA Blog! You can also find information and updates on the ECO at U-M Facebook Group.


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