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Student Life Sustainability works closely with many partners across campus to ensure sustainability is included in the student experience.

Programs operated by Student Life Sustainability and participating students include:

  • Planet Blue Student Leaders

    Planet Blue Student Leaders are an ‘eco-rep’ program to encourage peer-to-peer sustainability behavior change while providing leadership skills for sustainability organizing and social change.

  • U-M Sustainable Food Program

    The U-M Sustainable Food Program is a student-designed program to support sustainable food student groups and efforts on campus, from helping scale the Campus Farm to growing the Maize and Blue Cupboard. Leadership team applications open each spring.

  • Farm Stand

    In partnership with the Campus Farm, the Farm Stand seeks to increase access to local food for students and engage the wider U-M community in food systems learning and engagement opportunities.

  • Sustainability Honors Cord

    The Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program is designed to recognize students who went the extra mile to further their knowledge and skills of sustainability principles while studying at U-M.

Staff

Alex Bryan

Alex Bryan brings years of knowledge to Student Life’s sustainability initiatives with experience in community organizing, food insecurity, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture. Prior to joining Student Life as sustainability programs manager, Alex served as director of agricultural programs for the Greater Lansing Food Bank. He also co-founded Food Field, a 4-acre urban farm in the city of Detroit, and has served on various national non-profit boards, including National Young Farmers Coalition. Alex studied English at the University of Michigan. When he’s not at work he can be found running long distances and growing food.

Clara Gamalski

With over seven years of experience in sustainability and food justice education at higher education institutions, Clara Gamalski brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as sustainability specialist. Clara coordinates the Planet Blue Student Leader program and U-M Sustainable Food Program. She represents the Colleges and Universities sector on the Detroit Food Policy Council and participated in a year-long fellowship with the Detroit Equity Action Lab, a project of Wayne State University’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. She obtained a degree from the University of Michigan before receiving her Master’s in Food Studies from Chatham University.