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For Faculty & Staff

U-M offers a range of programs that engage faculty and staff from across campus in university sustainability efforts.

While some faculty/staff-directed programs are open to individuals, others engage whole offices and departments enabling community building around sustainability. Faculty can also find more than 700 potential collaborators at the Graham Sustainability Institute's experts database.

Sustainability Opportunities

  • Planet Blue Ambassador Program

    Not sure where to get started? Become a Planet Blue Ambassador (PBA) to learn about our campus sustainability goals and how you can live into them! This introductory training will set you up for success no matter how you later choose to engage in sustainability on campus.

  • Workplace Certification

    The Office of Campus Sustainability offers programs to help your workplace become more sustainable. This includes certification for offices and labs and support for green teams.

  • Sustainable Purchasing

    As part of an effort to leverage buying power and supplier partnerships to support sustainability, U-M's Sustainable Purchasing program makes it easy to find environmentally responsible products and services.

  • Waste Reduction

    As part of the university's efforts to reduce waste by 40% by 2025, the Zero Waste Events program makes it easy to reduce waste and encourage recycling and composting at our many university events.

  • Funding

    Sustainability Catalyst Grants provide U-M PI-eligible faculty with up to $10,000 over eight months for engaged research efforts addressing any aspect of sustainability. These grants can be used either to plan/pilot larger collaborative research projects or to translate existing research for real-world application. Past projects have covered a broad range of sustainability-related issues.

  • Campus Projects

    Planning an infrastructure or operational project on campus? Check out this guide from the Office of Campus Sustainability.