Chapter 5

Environment & Sustainability

This is our world, our planet, our home—and we only have one. Today, many matters are pressing in on us as a global community. Climate change, deforestation, pollution, and the loss of endangered ecosystems threaten our natural environments. Food and water scarcity jeopardize regions around the globe. From pole to pole, our planet’s environmental challenges are diverse, abundant, and urgent. It’s going to take all of us to make a difference, move the needle, and preserve our planet for future generations.

At the University of Michigan, faculty, staff, and students work in tandem to answer the question: What kind of world will we leave for our children, their children, and the many generations to follow thereafter? Whether it be at the Erb Institute, the Center for Sustainable Systems, or the Graham Sustainability Institute, U-M’s approach to sustainability is as diverse as the challenges facing our environment. With U-M’s new School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) leading the way, every school, college, and unit at U-M will play a part in advancing a more equitable and environmentally sound future for us all.

As we walk down a Nichols Arboretum trail or stop to smell the peonies along the way, we are reminded of our shared obligation to ensure the same privileges for current and future generations around the world. U-M will need to remain committed, agile, and adaptable to remain a national leader in environment and sustainability initiatives. Your support keeps U-M at the leading edge as a catalyst and trusted partner for leaders in society.

“Our job isn’t just to educate and create knowledge,” says Jonathan Overpeck, the Samuel Graham Dean of SEAS. “Our job is to help people in society, to make their world better for their livelihoods, and improve their quality of life.” Thanks to you, our blue planet will have even more allies in our shared fight for a sustainable global society.


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Matthew Bertrand in the forest

Green Gifts for Our Blue Planet

Donors help U-M's newest school get up and growing
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Matthaei Botanical Garden trees

A Natural Connection

New trails connect green spaces in and around Ann Arbor
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Rows of vegetables at the Campus Farm

Kale to the Victors

Donor support brings farm-to-table produce to campus dining halls
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Maize and blue flower arrangement.

Go Bloom

A legacy gift ensures healthy future for peony collection at Matthaei and Nichols
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