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UM President Unveils Carbon Neutrality Plan

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is moving forward with a plan to make its entire organization carbon neutral by 2040.

U of M President Mark Schlissel has unveiled a plan to reduce the university’s carbon emissions on campus by, among other things, shifting away from natural gas for heating and converting its service fleet to all electric vehicles.

The plan also addresses carbon emissions from indirect sources such as purchased electricity.

Drew Horning, the Special Advisor to U of M’s President for Carbon Neutrality Strategy, says it’s going to be an immense challenge.

“Getting the systems in place organizationally is going to be critical. Everyone on our campus, every leader, every student, every faculty member, needs to play a role in making it happen,” says Horning.

Horning says, in addition to emissions directly related to the university, they’re also hoping to tackle university-related emissions, such as those created by people commuting to U of M.

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