U-M’s waste prevention goal focuses on pursuing purchasing, reuse, recycling and composting strategies toward long-term waste eradication.
Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40 percent below 2006 levels.
waste levels increased; 44% reduction needed
We’ve fallen short of making progress towards this goal. U-M faces unique challenges in meeting our 2025 Sustainability Goals as our campus continues to grow.
A zero-waste Big House
The athletic department is making significant changes to convert Michigan Stadium to a zero-waste facility by the 2017 season. Zero waste is an aspirational goal of diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill by recycling and composting. The effort builds on the more than 20-year history of recycling game day waste at Michigan Stadium and aims to reduce waste sent to the landfill while increasing awareness of U-M’s sustainability culture.
Early Green Efforts
During the 1970s, U-M begins sponsoring vanpools to facilitate employee commuting and institutes a recycling program.
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