University of Michigan North Campus Sustainability Initiative

Organizational Sustainability

Over the centuries, humans have endeavored to find the most appropriate system of organization to meet the challenges of the day. These challenges have included finding food, ensuring security, and increasing productivity. Modern organizations range from the light-hearted such as a local bowling league to the formal such as a … Continue reading

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Farms

Sustainable Agriculture in Detroit and at the UM Campus Farm Alex Bryan will talk about his 4-acre urban farm, Food Field, in Detroit, and Jeremy Moghtader will talk about the Campus Farm at UM. Alex Bryan UMSFP Manager, The University of Michigan Alex is a graduate from University of Michigan, … Continue reading

Global Climate and Ice

Our final seminar of the Fall 2016 term will focus on global climate change and the impact on arctic ice. We will show excerpts from the film Chasing Ice as well as Ted talks on the same topic to provide a variety of viewpoints on the changing arctic climate and … Continue reading

Wind Power

We have two presentations related to Wind Power: one discusses large-scale wind turbines, and the other a student project to bring small-scale wind power to everyone: University of Michigan Professor John Everett of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept discusses the erection of utility scale wind turbine generators. Topics such … Continue reading

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The Sustainability Community will be brought together by meetings and other activities that highlight sustainability efforts of the U with the intention of both informing people, and enabling them to participate. These meetings and other activities will be coordinated by a Sustainability Council. The council’s main purpose is to devise ways for all people on North Campus (and the rest of the UM campus) to interact to discuss ongoing and new ways for helping make the U a more sustainable campus. It would also help to foster groups of people to implement some of these ideas. Eventually it could spread to all of the UM campus, to the city of Ann Arbor, and beyond. A large part of the Council’s purpose is to hold meetings at which people can become better informed, and to help form communities between the attendees. Meetings could be formal lectures, informal discussions, or even consist of break-out groups who are planning and implementing some sustainability initiative. If interested, email