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Student Life Sustainability

Student Life Sustainability connects students with opportunities to practice sustainable leadership, partner with staff, and reduce the carbon footprint across its buildings and operations.

By partnering with students, Student Life Sustainability works to grow a culture of sustainability on campus so people and society are able to thrive.

Core Values

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice as integral to sustainability
  • Student-centered approach
  • Transformational behavior and culture change
  • Collective Impact
  • Narrative and data-driven storytelling
  • Personal and community well-being and resilience

Who We Are

Student Life is made up of all the services and support organizations offered to U-M students — from dining and housing to counseling and legal support, student organizations, clubs sports and more.

As a large part of the U-M community, we are uniquely positioned to make a substantial contribution to sustainability. Our units occupy a fifth of the Ann Arbor campus, so even the smallest environmental changes, if implemented widely, have a big effect. And because virtually 100 percent of the student body participates in at least one of our services or support organizations, including a range of co-curricular programs, academic partnerships and internships, we have an opportunity to collaborate with students and promote sustainable habits and principles for life. With the Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program and paid sustainability leadership programs like U-M Sustainable Food Program, Planet Blue Student Leaders, and the Student Sustainability Coalition (co-administered by the Graham Institute), Student Life facilitates opportunities for students to use our campus as a lab to develop and test projects at the intersection of sustainability and social justice.