President Coleman Outlines Sustainability Goals
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman introduced an ambitious new set of sustainability goals that the University will start working toward this year and are projected to be completed by 2025, including changes to the University’s transportation, emissions and academic offerings.
Coleman announced a $14 million investment the University is making for several sustainability projects over the next 14 years including one that will fund new hybrid cars and buses — making one in six University buses a hybrid. The seven new hybrid buses are expected to arrive in December.
The University will also partner with DTE Energy to install solar panel fields on North Campus. Coleman also announced that the College of LSA will now offer an academic minor in sustainability through its Program in the Environment.
“I want the message to be clear: Sustainability defines the University of Michigan,” Coleman said. “Combine maize and blue, and you get green.”
By 2025, Coleman said, the University will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and decrease University vehicles’ carbon output by 30 percent for every person in the vehicle.
Starting in January 2010, the University conducted the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment, which examined at sustainability in seven areas on campus — buildings, energy, land and water, food, purchasing and recycling, culture and transportation. The University’s new goals were created based on findings from the CSIA.
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