Sustainability is important to our students – and it’s important to us. Here are some of the ways we’re eliminating waste, supporting local farms and making our spaces healthier.
- U-go’s, Beanster's and Fireside Cafe feature fresh produce from local vendors in season.
- Many of our food vendors support local Michigan businesses.
- We support local farmers and bring farm fresh produce to campus by hosting weekly farmers markets June through October.
- We partner with Planet Blue to host open houses that help educate our students and community about energy conservation, recycling, local purchasing and other green initiatives.
- All three of our Unions buildings support single stream recycling in all public spaces.
- We use LED bulbs everywhere we can.
- When we can, we clean with Liquid Ozone. It’s completely chemical free -- better for the environment and better for you.
- We have water bottle refill stations to encourage students to carry water bottles and cut down on plastic waste. (Link to Water Refill Station Video
- Our marketing and graphics departments use recycled paper whenever they can. To reduce distribution of print materials, we post vital information on the website whenever possible.
- All of our wayfinding signs are created from recycled materials.
- We rely on digital temperature controls to minimize our energy usage while keeping the building at a comfortable temperature.
- We use rechargeable batteries for all of our audio-visual equipment.
Local Produce Fresh From the Farm!
Michigan Dining, in partnership with Central Student Government, hosts M Farmers Markets in September and October. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are invited to learn about and enjoy the fresh, local, and sustainable products available on campus, fresh from the farm! The markets will take place twice on Central Campus and twice on North Campus. Check back for exact dates, times and locations.
With a wide variety of produce and fresh cut flowers to purchase, free samples, occasional chef demonstrations and giveaways, M Farmers Markets celebrate healthy and sustainable living in a fun and tasty way!
All the goods are delivered directly from several local farmers. The selections are priced per pound so customers can purchase just the amount needed. Along with the produce display, U-go's also provides meal ideas, including MHealthy-approved recipes, for using the produce.
Credit/debit cardsand cash are accepted.
Thanks to our partners: Central Student Government (CSG) Health Issues Commission, University Unions, Michigan Dining, MHealthy, U-M Health System, Planet Blue, and the Office of Campus Sustainability
You may have noticed that all three UU buildings have converted over to single stream recycling in the common areas. This means that paper and container recyclables are gathered in the same bin. New materials that can be recycled in this single-stream recycling program include all plastics except for #3, plastic grocery bags and other plastic films and Styrofoam.
To help you, here’s a complete list of what is now allowed in the same bin:
- Glossy Fillers/Flyers/Mailers
- Junk Mail
- Non-metallic Wrapping Paper
- Office & Notebook Paper
- Telephone Books
- Glass Bottles and Jars
- Steel Containers
- Metal Lids
- Small Scrap Metal (pots, pans, metal trays, bakeware, and utensils)
- Aluminum (cans, trays, clean foil)
- Plastic Bottles
- Plastic Tubs
- Bulky Plastic Molded Materials (buckets, milk crates, plant pots)
- All Paperboard
- Paper Bags
- Corrugated Cardboard
- Milk Cartons
- Juice Boxes
- Please flatten cardboard!
Unacceptable Items: #3 PVC, styrofoam, plastic bags, batteries, tissue paper/products, napkins, paper cups/plates, lightbulbs, ceramics, biodegradable plastics