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Goals

The University of Michigan carries a long legacy in environmentalism and sustainability; from its role in the first “Teach-In on the Environment,” which manifested into Earth Day, to its pioneering of Environmental Justice as an academic discipline.

With climate change as a dynamic challenge — not one that can be addressed once and walked away from — sustainability requires broad and sustained buy-in. U-M, as the nation’s largest public research institution, is applying cutting-edge practices, learning from and leading the way for other like-minded institutions in pursuit of a more sustainable world.

Carbon Neutrality

U-M is committed to achieving carbon neutrality university-wide, encompassing the Flint, Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, as well as Athletics and Michigan Medicine. Commitments cover emissions reduction strategies as well as organizational steps to ensure a culture of sustainability is in place across the university.

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Additional Sustainability Goals

In addition to the recently announced carbon neutrality goals, U-M continues to progress toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals, established in 2011 with guidance from U-M students, staff and faculty. 2025 Sustainability Goals cover the Ann Arbor campus in the areas of climate action, waste reduction, healthy environments and community engagement.

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Goals in Action

Want to play your part to create a more sustainable campus and world? Here are some ideas for how you can contribute — starting today. Remember: while no one can do everything sustainably, everyone can do something.

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