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Report Card 2010

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University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Student Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.


Name: Greg Caplan
Position (in student organization): Chair
Date survey submitted: 6/10/09

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Earth Week, Environmental Issues Commission of Michigan Student Assembly
Number of active members: 25, 30
Website: http://msa.umich.edu/government/comms.php?commsID=10
Date of last meeting: Monday, April 13, 2009
Frequency of meetings: Weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: environmental awareness on campus, sustainability office on campus, and promote local food purchasing by the university
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Held many events that touched thousands of students, including a sustainability fair, Earth Week and many others.  The administration recently announced a new office of sustainability in their organizational structure.  Selected university dining facilities now source partially or completely from local sources. 

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ X ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please describe: The overarching student government is the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA), which has various committees and commissions.  The Environmental Issues Commission is focused on all aspects of campus sustainability.

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  
One major piece of the work we do is connecting the sustainability movement on campus.  Last year we created the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI), which is a semi-monthly round table of undergraduate and graduate campus leaders in sustainability.  Over just the first year of its existence, the SSI has fostered an amazing amount of collaboration among student groups through the round tables as well as its small grants program. 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

Contact: Harrison Kim
National Website: www.seac.org
SEAC focuses on the root causes of environmental degradation and inequities and strives to educate the campus community about environmental injustices and what we can do to make positive change.

School of Natural Resource's Student Government (SNRESG)

 Contact: Dan Wilson
SNRE Student Government organizes social and community service activities for SNRE students, provides funding for student initiatives, and is the voice for student concerns.  Currently, we are working to improve SNRE's curriculum and national reputation, and also reaching out to other schools and organizations on campus interested in environmental sustainability.

Literature Science and Arts Student Government (LSASG)

 Contact: Ariel Schepers
Website: http://lsasg.umich.edu
Our mission is to improve and enhance the undergraduate experience for the College of LSA and we believe that creating a sustainable campus is central to that mission. In the past, we have cosponsored the Fall 2008 Energy Futures theme semester, held recycling competitions, and distributed Green Books near exam time, and are interested in continuing our environmental outreach in the future.

Environmental Issues Commission (EIC)

Contact: Greg Caplan and Margo Ludmer 

Website: http://msa.umich.edu/government/comms.php?commsID=10
EIC is a commission of the Michigan Student Assembly.  EIC strives to make University of Michigan more sustainable through working with the administration and other student groups as well as outreach to students through events such as our Annual Sustainability fair.

Earth Week

 Contact: Greg Caplan, Jill Schmutter, Margo Ludmer, and Julie O'Callaghan

Earth Week is a group of students who plan and organize our annual Earth Week event.  Earth Week has been growing and evolving and can always use more passionate team members!

Climate Savers Computing Initiative Project

Contact: Roxy Block, MaryBeth Stuenkel and Carrie Stefanski
Website: www.climatesavers.umich.edu

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations.

The goal is to promote green computing practices and specifically the development, deployment and adoption of smart technologies that can both improve the efficiency of a computer’s power delivery and reduce the energy consumed when the computer is in an inactive state.

CSCI @ U-M also addresses IT environmental issues such as individual computing practices and data/server impacts, with the goal to influence other universities and the IT industry. Our goal is to make green computing practices the norm on campus so the great work accomplished by the project will carry on well beyond the scheduled completion date, January 2010.

Medical School Green Team

Contact: Bob Love and Garin Hecht
The Green Team is a newly formed group of medical students under the umbrella of the American Medical Student Association.  We are dedicated to cleaning up the wasteful habits around the medical school and hospital campus and promoting the greening of health care facilities and products.
We are also interested in incorporating the importance of environmental health as a critical component to overall human health into our curriculum and school values.

Strategies for Ecology Education and Development

Contact: Zach Brym and Maria Minich-Castro

Strategies for Ecology Education and Development is dedicated to increasing the diversity in the field of ecology. We seek to make availalable knowledge of environmental sustainability to groups of people detached from making choices about the quality of their local ecosystems. The Michigan chapter of SEEDS primary project is running the National Collegiate BioBlitz in the spring.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

Contact: Matt Miller and Laurie Williams
ELS serves foremost as a forum for students energized by environmental issues and concerned about how the law may or may not adequately address those issues. To that end, we organize speakers, facilitate networking, and strive to provide firsthand opportunities to students who see environmental law in their futures.

Net Impact Undergrad 

Contact: Mary Lemmer and Attia Qureshi
Website: www.umnetimpactug.org
The University of Michigan Net Impact Undergrad's mission is to grow and strengthen a community of young and innovative leaders to use their careers to improve the world.  To do this, we provide our members with career resources, educational events, and community involvement opportunities to inspire and empower students interested in using the power of social, environmental, and economic activities  to lead in thoughtful action.


Contact: Matt Hambright
Website: http://www.engin.umich.edu/soc/BLUElab/
BLUElab at the University of Michigan is a student-run organization that works toward sustainable solutions to development problems at home and abroad.
Toward our goal, BLUElab coordinates project teams that develop environmentally, culturally, and economically sustainable technologies. BLUElab also organizes educational events to raise awareness of development issues and the critical role engineers play in tackling these technical problems in a socially responsible way.
BLUElab's diverse membership consists of over one hundred undergraduate and graduate students spanning all College of Engineering departments, as well as students studying disciplines outside of engineering. In addition to its members, BLUElab collaborates with other student-run organizations, faculty, professionals, and nonprofits.

Green Greeks

  Contact: Elyse Boelens

Ross Net Impact


Emerging Green Builders

  Contact: Laura Scott Palombu

Environmental Action (EnAct)

  Contact: Lizzy Plotkin

Michigan Sustainable Foods Initiative

Contact: Lydia McMullen-Laird
The Michigan Sustainable Foods Initiative is dedicated to increasing the amount of local and sustainably produced food on the University of Michigan campus. MSFI is also committed to educating students and the University of Michigan community about the importance of sustainable food practices.


  Contact: Ashwin Lalendran

Solar Car

  Contact: Kristine Cramer


  Contact: Nick Ranke

Program in the Environment Student Government

  Contact: Lucas Middleton

Energy Futures

  Contact: Andrew Fileti and Caroline Kreafle

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):   Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition (MSSC)


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