The Ann Arbor campus cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28% from its 2006 benchmark as of FY22 — exceeding its goal to reduce emissions by 25% by 2025.
A suite of efforts enabled our campus to meet this goal three years early, including:
- Purchasing 150,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy credits, representing electricity produced by new Michigan-based DTE Energy wind parks.
- A new highly efficient turbine at U-M’s Central Power Plant began operating in January 2022.
- U-M continued its energy conservation efforts, which have produced a 22% reduction in energy consumption in general fund buildings despite a 20% increase in building area since 2006.
Concurrently, efforts toward U-M’s carbon neutrality commitments are underway. The university is planning extensive geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, working to secure all purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and has established maximum carbon-based standards for all new construction and major renovation projects costing more than $10 million.