The Climate Action Movement (CAM) at U-M is a coalition of University stakeholders — students, staff, faculty, alumni and Ann Arbor community members — that are driving the President, Regents, and Deans to enact sustainability policy and ethics that reflect the values of the broader U of M community with a focus on the commitment to, and attainment of, carbon neutrality. CAM serves as an independent group to hold the University accountable for its commitments and achievements towards carbon neutrality.
To reposition the University of Michigan as “Leaders and Best” in the fight for a clean energy future by drawing upon its considerable resources to achieve a science-based commitment to carbon neutrality.
The Climate Action Movement envisions the University of Michigan achieving just transition to true carbon neutrality (defined by Scope 1,2 & parts of 3) by 2030, with intermediate targets and institutional reviews along the way.
CAM's goals are based off of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which details the necessary deadlines for global emissions reductions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. With an endowment of $12 billion and its role as one of the the foremost research institutions in the world, U-M has a responsibility to lead the charge toward a carbon neutral future.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) breaks emissions into three types (scopes). The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) expounds on how these apply to university-specific emissions:
Scope 1: all on-site fossil fuel combustion and fleet fuel consumption.
Scope 2: all emissions that result from the generation of electricity, heat or steam purchased by the university from a utility provider.
Scope 3: commuting, university funded air travel, transmission and distribution losses for purchased electricity
CAM's goals for the University of Michigan are:
1. Set a date for true carbon neutrality for no later than 2030, with intermediate reductions targets of
45% by 2020
75% by 2025
2. Publish a detailed Climate Action Plan by 2020 that includes partnerships with the City of Ann Arbor.
3. Create a standing and representative Carbon Neutrality Commission, with measures of accountability and transparency. (see CAM's Letter to President Schlissel)