The Office of Campus Sustainability was established in 2009 after students encouraged the university to coordinate sustainability efforts on campus. OCS is a department of Facilities and Operations, the organization responsible for stewardship of the university’s physical properties.
OCS is a key player in an organizational framework designed to:
Inspire students, faculty, and staff to become involved in helping to solve the environmental sustainability issues facing the world we live in
Coordinate, facilitate and advance sustainability efforts in campus operations and university academics
Connect academic and operations activities to foster collaborative sustainability learning
At the heart of this organizational structure is a collaborative effort between the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Graham Sustainability Institute. Together, we work to advance sustainability at the university by connecting operational efforts to research and learning opportunities whenever possible and practical.
The OCS mission has four key components:
Work with U-M leadership to set goals and standards for sustainable operations on our campus. Work with the units across campus to ensure those goals and standards are met. Track and report progress on university-wide goals to leadership.
Identify, support, and coordinate opportunities to reduce energy consumption and increase sustainable operations on campus that may go beyond what is required to meet campus goals.
Work collaboratively with the Graham Sustainability Institute on cross-functional sustainability efforts that span academic, research and operational functions of the university.
Provide information exchange and be responsible for communicating to internal and external constituents about efforts underway and challenges associated with sustainability work on campus.