Planet Blue: Sustainability at the University of Michigan

November 2018

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STARS Rating

U-M Earns Gold Again

The University of Michigan’s sustainability performance earned U-M its third STARS rating from the international Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. U-M is one of 124 institutions earning a gold STARS rating, and among more than 900 colleges and universities around the globe using the STARS reporting tool.

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Francisca Chagas dos Santos, Taquari District, Rio Branco, Brazil, March 2015; Photograph by Gideon Mendel, part of his Drowning World Project.

Documenting the Human Toll of Climate Change

A new U-M Institute for the Humanities installation on view until Dec. 18 shows the human effects of flooding and climate change through a riveting five-channel video installation.

“Deluge” is the culmination of Gideon Mendel’s 11-year “Drowning World Project,” which explores the global scale, universality and personal impact of recent catastrophic natural disasters.

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BioSciences

U-M Biosciences Initiative Invests $45M in Research

Five large projects and four smaller ones, totaling up to $45 million, will be funded through President Mark Schlissel’s Biosciences Initiative. Biosciences Initiative research grants will be awarded annually through year 2022, and all Ann Arbor campus faculty are eligible to participate. Letters of intent for the next round are due in April 2019.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Sustainability Leaders Explore Michigan's New Energy Future

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Michigan environmental leaders gathered for a discussion about what universities, businesses, cities, and states can do to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution. The Oct. 29, 2018 SEAS event was co-hosted by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Students for Clean Energy.

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Conversation

U-M Sustainability Experts Share Sustainability Views on Issues of the Day

U-M sustainability experts regularly contribute to The Conversation on a variety of topics as they relate to sustainability. The publication is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. Check the Planet Blue’s media page for new updates and blog posts!

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Omniscent sensor device. Image courtesy: Omniscent

U-M Startup Sniffing Out Dangerous Chemicals

Founded in 2016 by U-M researchers and alumni, Omniscent monitors airborne toxic compounds in industrial settings over real time. Its system enables better protection of workers and the environment around factories. The autonomous system reduces the size of the hardware to the size of a birdhouse that is usable outdoors.

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Umich Power Plant

Central Power Plant Gets an Upgrade

At the University of Michigan, students, faculty and staff all play a role in creating a sustainable campus through four key areas: Climate Action, Waste Prevention, Healthy Environments and Community Engagement. Learn more about the efforts in place that support U-M's 2025 Campus Sustainability goals.

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