Tell President Schlissel you want his carbon neutrality commission to set a date, avoid conflicts of interest, be accountable, be transparent, and be effective.
On October 4th 2018, President Schlissel announced his commitment to "putting U-M on a trajectory toward carbon neutrality, and levels of greenhouse gas release that are environmentally sustainable."
Four months later, on February 4th, 2019, Schlissel announced his Presidential Carbon Neutrality Commission.
His commission has members from DTE and Consumer Energy. This is a blatant conflict of interest, with U-M getting a substantial amount of its energy from DTE. Additionally, there is not one member on the committee dedicated to environmental and social justice.
Schlissel previously established a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee that ultimately lacked accountability and transparency. Given the most recent I.P.C.C report, we do not have time for this to happen again. We ask that the commission is transparent, accountable, and holds adequate representation of students, faculty, and community members with diverse expertise.
We must re-position ourselves as leaders in the fight for a clean energy future. Therefore, we are asking Schlissel, the Regents, and the Commission, to commit to carbon neutrality (Scopes 1, 2, and part of 3) before 2030 with intermediate goals of 45% reduction by 2025 and 75% by 2030. Additionally, we advocate that the President sign the Second Nature's President Climate Leadership Carbon Commitment, as OSU already has, with the declared completion date of 2035.
Take action. Add your voice.
CAM is unhappy with many of the current realities of the commission. We urge people to add their voice to the formation of this important commission.
Here is what you can include:
1. The Commission must set a date (2030 or before) with intermediate goals listed
2. There must be transparency and accountability in the commission (including public comment periods, public meeting minutes, and meetings open to the public).
3. The Commission must include persons specifically on the subject of environmental justice, of which there are not currently.
5. There cannot remain conflicts of interests with certain committee members that impede the ability of the University to go carbon neutral.