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Move Out Donations

Don't let your good stuff go to waste!

If you are living on campus, you can donate lightly-used items instead of sending them to the landfill—just look for the yellow collection boxes in your residence hall. Please separate donations according to type (food, clothing, shoes, bedding, household items) in the designated boxes. Materials will be picked up, sorted, and donated to local non-profit organizations.

If you are living off campus, there are several local nonprofits that support reuse. Also, you can donate kitchenware, unopened canned and dry goods, and unopened personal hygiene items to the Maize & Blue Cupboard. Donations can be dropped off at the Cupboard during regular operating hours: Monday-Friday: 3pm-7pm, and Sunday: 2pm-8pm. Learn more about dropping off a donation here.

Sustainability Honors Cord

Attention soon-to-be graduates! 🎓
Did you know you can earn a graduation honors cord for your participation in sustainability coursework and co-curricular activities?
This new program is for any student who has been involved in sustainability on campus through academics, internships, volunteer work, and other programs. Complete the application by April 11, and note that there is a virtual option available for students studying remotely.

Undergraduate Sophomores: Apply now to become a Graham Sustainability Scholar your junior and senior years! This 3-semester co-curricular program is open to all academic majors and includes a fall retreat, a team-based sustainability project with an external client, discussion-based seminars that focus on leadership and professional skills, and funding for a field experience that furthers your individual development. 
Learn more and apply

Movie Screening

Join the PBA program and the Center for Campus Involvement on April 15 at 7:45 pm for a drive-in movie screening of Princess Mononoke at the NC-31 parking lot (behind Bursley Hall). Register your household and drive together in one vehicle (yay carpooling!) to enjoy the show! Its great animations and strong ecological message make it a classic Ambassadors are sure to enjoy. Registration required

Campus Farm Workdays Return!

Spring has sprung, which means the Campus Farm has plenty of work to do and the weather is nice enough for volunteers to work outside safely distanced from one another. If you would like to join the student workday on April 9 from 4-6 pm, sign up by Thursday night.

Food Literacy for All

This deservingly popular lecture series returns—themed around the “Politics on our Plate.” On April 14 at noon, guest speakers Mónica Ramírez and Navina Khanna will discuss how we can 'organize' for a more equitable, sustainable food system. Free registration required.

Join the last event in the 2021 North American Colloquium Climate Series on April 20 at noon to discuss the political challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Three scholars—one from each of the three countries—will share their research on the issues around siting and building renewable energy developments in their respective countries. Register here.

Join a virtual celebration of Earth Day with Stamps on April 22 at 4:30 pm! A panel of alumni and students will discuss responsible production, affordable clean creation, infrastructure, innovation in the industry, and overall sustainability and social responsibility in art and design. Register here.

PBA Spotlight: Sam Stolper

Check out our latest spotlight blog to learn about professor Sam Stolper’s thoughts on the intersection of economics and environmental justice. We dive into how these fields can work together to promote just, equitable, and efficient solutions. Read on to learn how to take action and get involved!

Mr RufusDear Rufus,
what’s new in campus sustainability?

Two big announcements were made last month! The President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (PCCN) has now submitted its final report for consideration by President Schlissel and U-M leadership. This report includes 50 bold recommendations that U-M could take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the Dearborn, Flint, and Ann Arbor campuses, including Michigan Medicine. In addition, the Board of Regents voted to discontinue investments in fossil fuels and commit to a net-zero investment portfolio by 2050. Passionate students, staff, and faculty have been advocating, researching, and working hard toward these aims for years, so it’s an exciting moment for sustainability at U-M!

Stay Up-to-Date

Between newsletters, visit the PBA Blog! You can also find information and updates for staff and faculty PBAs on our PBA Workplace Group and for student PBAs on the ECO at U-M Facebook Group.

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