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Climate Action

U-M committed to university-wide carbon neutrality in May 2021. Previously, in 2011, the Ann Arbor campus established climate action goals for 2025 that focus on pursuing energy efficiency and fiscally-responsible energy sourcing strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2025 Goal

Reduce U-M greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 2006 levels.

Status: Achieved

The Ann Arbor campus achieved its 25% emissions reduction goal in 2022—three years ahead of schedule. Follow progress on university-wide carbon neutrality efforts on this dashboard.

2025 Goal

Decrease vehicle carbon output per passenger trip by 30 percent below 2006 levels.


0% reduction in vehicle carbon output per passenger trip due to pandemic impact

Other Highlights

Renewable energy purchase

Approximately half of the purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus comes from Michigan-sourced wind energy. This is a significant step toward U-M's commitment to reduce emissions resulting from purchased electricity (Scope 2 emissions) to zero by 2025.

Bicycle friendly university

In October 2019, U-M was recertified as a Bicycle Friendly University in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.

Electric buses

In 2021, U-M purchased 4 electric buses to be delivered in 2022, as a step toward decarbonizing the university's vehicle fleet.

This goal data reflects temporary pandemic-related impacts and may not accurately convey the overall trajectory of progress.

For more information about U-M’s sustainability goals, visit the Office of Campus Sustainability.