Planet Blue: Sustainability at the University of Michigan

May 2019

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Carbon Neutrality Commission Work Plan

Carbon Neutrality Commission Releases Work Plan

The U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality has published its work plan outlining the approach, timeline and topic areas the commission will address in developing its recommendations to the president for how U-M’s three campuses can achieve carbon neutrality.

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renewable energy

U-M to Reduce Emissions Through Renewable Energy Purchases from DTE

U-M has committed to purchase 200,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually beginning in 2021 through DTE Energy. Combined with other U-M emission reduction efforts, this renewable energy agreement will enable U-M to achieve its 2025 greenhouse gas reduction goal of reducing GHG emissions 25 percent below 2006 levels.

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Flint water crisis

Flint Water Crisis Declared Most Egregious Example of Environmental Injustice

U-M researcher Paul Mohai, a professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, found that communities of low socioeconomic status of color are disproportionately burdened by environmental contamination and health risks. Flint fits that pattern, which Mohai considers the most egregious example of environmental injustice that “has made environmental justice a part of the American consciousness.”

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balloon impacts

Re-thinking Balloons

Balloons can travel thousands of miles and end up polluting an aquatic, marine, or terrestrial ecosystem, causing great environmental harm. Learn more on how balloons affect our environment, and how you can choose greener alternatives.

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Munger Case Competition

Campus Sustainability Made Easy: Munger Case Competition Winners

Munger Graduate Residences partnered with MDining and Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability to ask teams of students to address one of the five issues of sustainability. The winning team found that most students on the University of Michigan campus were willing to recycle and compost but lack understanding as to what to recycle.

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home delivered meal kits

Home Delivered Meal Kits are Greener than Expected

A new study from U-M researchers found that meal kits have a much lower overall carbon footprint than the same meals purchased at a grocery store, despite having more packaging. Pre-portioned ingredients and a streamlined supply chain lower the overall food loss and waste for meal kits compared to store-bought meals.

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electric cars

Induced Driving Miles Could Overwhelm Energy Saving Benefits of Self-Driving Cars

A recent study from U-M researchers finds that the benefits of self-driving cars will likely induce vehicle owners to drive more, which could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits of automation. The added miles could even result in a net increase in energy consumption, a phenomenon known as backfire.

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