Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

President Coleman: “We will be aggressive and relentless. As a campus, a community, and a planet, there is no other approach to take.”

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From Monday’s address:

Today we are announcing these major University goals:

We will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.  It will be as if we remove more than 41,000 cars from the road. 

We will make our campus transit system more efficient – decreasing vehicle carbon output by 30 percent for every person in the car, truck or bus.

We will shrink the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40 percent.  The Olympic pool at Canham Natatorium?  Picture it, filled with trash, over and over, nearly 30 times, and that’s how much will not go to landfills.

To protect the Huron River, a beloved natural feature of our community, we will apply 40 percent fewer chemicals to grass, trees and walkways. We will ensure that at least 30 percent of our stormwater runoff does not flow into the Huron.

Finally, we will promote a healthier environment by supporting more Michigan farmers and producers.  From our residence halls to the unions and hospitals, we are introducing purchasing guidelines and committing that at least 20 percent of our food will come from local and sustainable sources.

We will do all this by the year 2025.   

The goals are ambitious.  But with the resolute efforts of many, they are achievable.

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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