U-M’s climate action goals focuses on pursuing energy efficiency and fiscally-responsible energy sourcing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward long-term carbon neutrality.
Reduce U-M greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 2006 levels.
Using U-M buildings as batteries
Michigan researchers and staff are testing how to use the immense thermal energy of large buildings as theoretical battery packs. The goal is to help the nation’s grid better accommodate renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
Decrease vehicle carbon output per passenger trip by 30 percent below 2006 levels.
Other 2017 Highlights
Bus Ridership 7,461,222
Vanpooling participants 464 = 9,955,009 miles
37 hybrid vehicles
The Central Power Plant, which provides heat and power to most central and medical campus buildings, was converted from coal to natural gas as a primary fuel in the 1960s, resulting in an overall efficiency of 80 percent.
The 15-megawatt combustion turbine is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 100,000 tons per year. That’s equivalent to the amount of energy used by 10,000 homes annually according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.