Campus Sustainability

Leading by Example for More Than 100 Years

  • The University of Michigan has promoted a culture of sustainability for over 130 years. U-M began offering courses in forestry in 1881 — the first university in the United States to do so.
  • Today, there are more than 2,400 “Planet Blue Ambassadors” on U-M’s campus — students, faculty, and staff who have undergone training and pledged their commitment to living more sustainability. This year they completed nearly 22,000 individual sustainable actions, such as using reusable water bottles or turning off their computers at night.
  • Inside the Dana Building, home to SEAS, environmental principles are not only taught but also upheld and demonstrated to the community. The building is a state-of-the-art example of a green renovation, featuring materials that were recycled or manufactured from renewable resources. It was the first academic building in Michigan to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.