Blue Goes Green
University Housing supports the mission of Planet Blue, the University of Michigan’s global sustainability initiative. For more information, visit the Planet Blue sustainability website.
Making informed choices about sustainable living begins where you live. That's why we ask all of our residents and staff to get involved in sustainability efforts and green living initiatives here at Michigan. We believe that adopting a sustainable lifestyle is an important goal for every member of the U-M community!
There are five ways in which you can improve sustainability in U-M Housing:
Each year, U-M Housing participates in RecycleMania, Kill A Watt, Planet Blue Ambassadors and other activities and educational opportunities. We incorporate conservation components into our Housing renewal efforts and provide continuous program support and service to the greater campus.
If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact us.
Innovative Liquid Ozone Cleaning
Our facilities team is phasing out many chemical cleaners and replacing them with liquid ozone. Liquid ozone uses the basic behavior of oxygen molecules to break up dirt and bacteria and wash it away. It's more effective and less expensive than using chemicals. Plus, it's better for the environment and healthier for our residents.
Recycling Champions Building Competition
During the winter term, University Housing and its residents partner up to participate in the Recycling Champions Building Competition, an intra-campus contest to reduce waste and boost recycling efforts. This competition is part of a nation-wide campus recycling program known as RecyleMania. Take a look at the most recent Recycling Champions results to see how your hall did!
The Planet Blue Ambassador Program
Approximately 30 residents are selected as Planet Blue Student Leaders to help advance green living in U-M's residential communities. In one-credit seminars in the fall and winter terms, these students receive multi-faceted training from experts across campus and active engagement with University Housing and other U-M staff members.
Each Planet Blue Student Leader learns to conduct educational programming, lead environmental audits and serve as a peer advisor and mentor to other residents while becoming an environmental steward. The Planet Blue Student Leaders have also created Planet Blue Room to encourage all residents to make positive sustainability choices. Join the cause today!
Visit the Planet Blue Ambassadors website for more information.
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