U-M’s community engagement goal is focused on pursuing stakeholder engagement, education and evaluation strategies toward a campus-wide ethic of sustainability.
While there is no metric goal for community engagement, U-M is investing in programs to educate our community, track behavior and report progress over time toward a campus-wide ethic of sustainability.
Each year the Central Campus Diag transforms into a one-stop shop for all things related to sustainability at U-M, showcasing the breadth of work in the areas of research, education and operations. Referred to as the “party for the planet,” the annual event has taken place for more than 20 years and is divided up in four sections based on the efforts working toward the 2025 sustainability goals.
Engaging the Community at the Campus Farm
Two new positions, farm manager and sustainable food Program manager, were created to help nurture long-term relationships in support of sustainable agriculture from finding potential markets for the Campus Farm’s produce to connecting with faculty to teach related courses to helping coordinate the many student groups on campus that are linked to food-related programs.
Other 2017 Highlights
Solar-powered charging stations
Two picnic tables equipped with solar-powered charging stations provide the U-M community the opportunity to charge electronics on campus. Made possible by U-M student group “Students for Clean Energy” through the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund, the tables include power and USB receptacles. They are located at the Life Sciences Plaza near Palmer Commons and the south side of the Beyster Building next to the new North Campus Grove.