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U-M highlights sustainability achievements in multimedia report

January 29, 2013

The University of Michigan is making significant strides toward its sustainability goals in education, research, and operations, according to a new report designed to track and measure progress.

The interactive, digital 2012 Sustainability Progress Report combines video, animation, and data to show the university's efforts to tackle some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges.

Transportation is one of many topics addressed. According to the report, funding for sustainability research at U-M has increased by 200 percent since 2003. UMTRI's connected-vehicle research, the Safety Pilot Model Deployment, is highlighted on page 10.

From an operational standpoint, U-M Parking and Transportation Services added seven hybrid buses and thirty hybrid sedans to its fleet in 2012, continuing to operate one of the largest alternative-energy vehicle fleets among universities in the United States.

Using environmental metrics, the university tracks the impact of its operations, and measures progress toward long-range goals focused on climate, waste prevention, healthy environments, and community awareness. The 2025 goals support the university's broader overall commitment to sustainability, known as Planet Blue.

Read the U-M news release.

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