Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.84
Liaison Andrew Horning
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Michigan
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Andrew Horning
Managing Director
Graham Sustainability Institute
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)
Better Climate Challenge

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Midwest Climate Collaborative
Big Ten & Friends

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

- Notre Dame Energy Research Symposium on Achieving Carbon Neutrality; presented “U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Recommendations and Pathway Forward” in June 2021.
- Midwest Climate Collaborative launch in January 2022 (presenting U-M carbon neutrality plan and commitments).
- UC3 Summit, end of June 2022 (presenting U-M carbon neutrality plan and commitments).
- Bob Marans (an emeritus professor of architecture and urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design) presented work on Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP) at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in June 2022. Presentation name & authors: Monitoring the Culture of Sustainability: An Overview and New Initiatives Reflecting the Growing Importance of Carbon Neutrality (Robert W. Marans, John Callewaert, Noah Webster, University of Michigan).

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

U-M student team received a runner-up award for their submission of a long-term energy-management plan to the DTE Energy E-Challenge Competition for Colleges and Universities (sponsored by DTE Energy and the Engineering Society of Detroit) in 2020 - a contest that encouraged students to develop innovative plans to help their schools reduce energy waste. U-M’s Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses were among seven colleges and universities in Michigan participating.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

- Founding membership on the Steering Committee for the Midwest Climate Summit and the follow-on Steering Committee for creation of the Midwest Climate Collaborative.
- Three U-M faculty were appointed members of Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Climate Council, tasked with helping develop the states Climate Action Plan.
- Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) Conference is an annual student-led conference aimed at bringing together the immense array of sustainability and environment-related research ongoing at the University of Michigan, with the goal of fostering connections and new collaborations across the disciplines.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

1. The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is helping two distinct regional campuses - UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint - in their campus sustainability efforts; expanding the Planet Blue Ambassador program to the campuses, providing support with reporting, staffing, as well as project funding. Both satellite campuses are also included in the carbon neutrality plan by directly involving public and staff in many of the carbon neutrality analysis teams, by hosting in-person forums and by providing feedback from key stakeholders and experts.

2. Since the start of 2021, the university has shared the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP) questionnaires with over 25 different institutions around the world to assist them with their sustainability survey plans. Since 2013, there have been more than 400 downloads of the surveys from the SCIP website.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

In fall 2019, the Graham Sustainability Institute Director served as an external reviewer of Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and its Grand Challenge Initiative. In spring 2022, the Graham Director served as an external reviewer of Northwestern University’s Institute for Energy and Sustainability (ISEN). Each were extensive, multi-day deep dive reviews of the institutions.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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