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We are committed to providing reliable, efficient services in the most sustainable way. Because our work impacts future generations.

Committed to Sustainability

Utilities has been advancing sustainability on the University of Michigan campus for decades. We partner with the Office of Campus Sustainability and other Facilities and Operations departments to support the university’s carbon neutrality commitments.

Making Strides Toward Carbon Neutrality

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.

EPA Green Power Partnership

We recently joined the EPA Green Power Partnership, which was established in 2001 to encourage organizations to use green power voluntarily to protect human health and the environment. The goals of the Green Power Partnership are to:
  • Advance the American market for green power.
  • Encourage the development of new U.S.-based renewable electricity sources.
  • Reduce air emissions and pollution.
  • Recognize leadership and impact in green power use.
  • Support basic market principles and practices that serve all U.S. electricity consumers.
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