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Farm Stand

Starting July 22, students from U-M's Sustainable Food Program and the Campus Farm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens will host a farm stand each Thursday, 12-3 pm, in front of the UMMA. Stop by to purchase produce grown by students at the Campus Farm, learn about food sustainability, and discover opportunities to get involved with sustainable food on campus. Revenue supports UMSFP’s mini-grant program, which offers funding to student organizations for food justice projects.

Virtual Event Environmental Footprint

How do the environmental impacts of virtual, in-person, and hybrid events compare? Check out this new guide from the Office of Campus Sustainability to learn the biggest contributors and how you can minimize them! For example, turning off the webcam while watching a presentation can reduce up to 96% of a virtual event participant’s carbon emissions.

Returning to Campus Sustainably

If you're a staff member transitioning back to campus this fall, check out this resource from the Office of Campus Sustainability. Designed to help you leverage your transition to establish new, sustainable habits, the site includes details about Office Supply Reuse days coming back in October, changes to the writing utensil recycling program, and ways your office can start a Green Team.

Mark your calendars for September 23 and join us for Earthfest - our annual celebration of campus sustainability! If you're interested in getting more involved in campus sustainability efforts, learning more about what departments across campus are doing, and/or connecting with other sustainability-minded people, this event is for you! The planning committee is still finalizing the details so if your department, student organization, or community group would like to register to participate, please do so before July 16th.

Student Participants Needed!

Has participating in sustainability efforts been an important part of your U-M experience or have you struggled to find rewarding ways to get involved? Whatever your unique experience, we invite you to sign up for our sustainability engagement focus group! We’re looking to hear your perspective on how we can improve communications and opportunities going forward. The virtual focus groups will take no longer than an hour, and participants will receive a $20 gift card.

Summer Conservation Competition

The Campus Conservation Corps (CCC) is kicking off their Conservation Competition! At each CCC event, students can log work hours, and those who have the most hours at the end of the summer will win prizes like gift cards to local sustainable restaurants and CCC merch! One of their upcoming workdays will be on July 23. Sign up here to participate.
Now that it's safe for outdoor gatherings, the Huron River Watershed Council is thrilled to host their annual Suds on the River fundraiser event on September 9 (6-9 pm). Enjoy gourmet delights and locally crafted brews on the shores of the Huron River. Canoeing and live acoustic music are part of the fun!

Opportunity for High Schoolers

Do you know high school students who are passionate about social justice, environmental sustainability, or climate change? The FXB Climate Advocates program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 cohort. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2021. Learn more here and apply today!

Office of Campus Sustainability

OCS is hiring student interns for the Fall! To learn more and submit your application, check out the Sustainability Operations and Game Day Zero Waste Educator postings. There are 14 openings in total!

Michigan SAAVE

Michigan Sustainability Applications For Aerospace Vehicle Engineering seeks a student business director for the upcoming academic year. MSSAVE is a new student-run organization that develops environmentally sustainable flying craft that will help implement the UN's sustainable development goals (e.g., specialized low-carbon drones to deliver medications to remote areas). Those interested should contact Professor George Halow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at

Mr Rufus  Dear Rufus,
  Are reusables always better than single-use products?
That's a great—but tricky—question to answer because you have to account for everything that goes into making the product (e.g. water, energy, natural resources), the impacts of its lifetime of use, and how the product will be disposed of. While we often conclude that reusables are better, check out this article on U-M research that compares the environmental impacts of common kitchenware products—both single-use plastics and reusables. The findings might surprise you!
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