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Environment & Sustainability

Recommended resources for scholars engaging with environmental research

Campus Groups

Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) - SSC is a student organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable campus culture by using the Collective Impact Framework to connect and elevate campus-wide student sustainability efforts.

Student Carbon Neutrality Network - The Student Carbon Neutrality Network (SCANN) is a network of student organizations sharing a common goal for a just transition to carbon neutrality.

Voices for Climate Neutrality - a group of U-M faculty and staff working to influence the University of Michigan Regents and President to set an ambitious date for carbon neutrality, to approve and resource recommendations from the President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality, and to put senior leadership and institutions in place to drive implementation of academic, operational, and cultural changes needed to achieve carbon neutrality at the University as quickly as possible.

BLUElab - a group committed to social responsibility and sustainability by implementing sustainable technologies in communities, while empowering members, community partners, and stakeholders

Climate Blue - uniquely tied to the Conference of the Parties as they send the official University of Michigan delegation, made up of students and faculty, to it each year. Educate the U of M community on climate change science, policy (both domestic and international), and its impacts on our community. Their weekly newsletter can be found here.

Michigan University wide Sustainability and Environment initiative - A research community that encourages diverse perspectives and collaborates toward a sustainable future.

Michigan Earth Science Women's Network - local chapter of Earth Science Women's Network, a nation-wide, member driven organization dedicated to moving the geosciences forward.

Students for Clean Energy - a group committed to promoting clean energy at the University of Michigan through Education and Events, Green Career, Policy, and Research & Development

Michigan Energy Club - a university-wide club that encourages and facilitates collaboration and education regarding technical aspects of energy developments.

Planet Blue Ambassador Program - to empower and engage people like you with the information and resources they need to live, learn, and work more sustainably at U-M with a training program.

Citizens' Climate Lobby campus chapter - UM student chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, a nonprofit, grassroots, international organization, with a mission to create the political will to pass a federal climate action policy, Carbon Fee and Dividend, which they see as the best first-step to solving climate change. 

Ann Arbor Groups

A2 energy - Current status on Ann Arbor's plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change

Climate Mobilization - Their mission is to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to protect humanity and the natural world from climate catastrophe. They are a community and network of organizers, researchers, volunteers, and policymakers spanning the U.S. and extending internationally.

A2 climate partnership - The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership (A2CP) was developed in 2014 following the City’s adoption of its Climate Action Plan (CAP). The A2CP aims to inspire the local community to achieve the emission-reduction goals outlined in the CAP through sustainable choices, reduced energy consumption, and a forward-thinking energy policy that maximizes renewable energy sources. 

Ecology Center - Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center is organized for one purpose -- to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet.

Michigan climate action network - The Michigan Climate Action Network is a network of groups and individuals working to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in the Great Lakes state to call for clean energy solutions that will put us on a path to climate stability and climate justice. (Contact page)

Washtenaw Climate Reality - local chapter of the Climate Reality Project. A mission to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

National Organizations

There are dozens of high profile groups engaged in climate change issues.  The list below is a sampling of organizations that have local climate activist representation.