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The Buyerarchy of Needs: What it is and How to Use It

What is the Buyerarchy of Needs? Coined by Sarah Lazarovic, the Buyerarchy of Needs is a fun way to represent sustainable consumption. This helpful graphic presents consumers with several different alternatives to buying new clothes, providing a guide for those who don’t know where to start. To be the most sustainable, users should start at the base of the pyramid … Read More

The Call of Nature: Sustainability in the Bathroom

Living in the dorms for the last 4 semesters has taught me many things, both from the unique perspective I have as a resident advisor and as a regular student. Dorm living has been a great way for me to practice sustainability in my daily life; I have been more thoughtful about how often I do laundry, how much I … Read More

The Social Justice Implications of Carbon Offsets

I’m a senior at U-M majoring in Organizational Studies. This past summer, I worked at a financial services company in Detroit, Michigan. The experience provided me an opportunity to explore how organizations, particularly those in finance, incorporate carbon offsets into their decarbonization goals. While I had known about carbon offsets before, I really enjoyed learning more about them from a … Read More

New Year, New Me: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in 2023

I have been thinking a lot about self-improvement recently. I have been doing yoga some mornings, trying to read a little before bed each night, and going for walks after dinner. However, these are not established habits yet and a lot of the time these new activities are short-lived. They are not sustainable, and the cycle of wanting to do … Read More

Tricky Greenwashing Terminology To Watch For

“Sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “green,” “better for the planet,” “biodegradable”—these are all words I know we have heard companies use. With this new era of consumers wanting to buy more eco-friendly products (people like us), many companies are shifting their focus to sustainability. However, in many cases, this can lead to stretched truths and even blatant lies in advertising. I know us … Read More

Highlights from Flint Sustainability Week

Dr. Verissimo presenting his talk at Flint Sustainability Week.

Last week was Flint Sustainability Week. It was the first big sustainability event on the Flint campus, and I am sure, having been able to attend part of it myself, that it will not be the last! I didn’t get to attend all of the different events throughout the week because I’m based on our Ann Arbor campus, but I … Read More

A Discussion About Sustainable Fashion with Erb Graduate Annie Zaro

image of madewell previously owned jeans

The rise of social media and access to the internet has sparked new waves of environmentalism among younger generations, particularly college students. Many among Generation Z and Millennials have become increasingly aware of their own environmental impact and are seeking avenues to curb their carbon footprint. Of the multitude of options—from changing your diet, minimizing plastic use, to consumer choice—finding … Read More

The Arb and Other Urban Green Spaces

When I was in high school, I was terrified of driving on the freeway and absolutely dreaded taking my driver’s test. The day I finally passed that test, I celebrated by driving the hour from Detroit to the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. I spent that afternoon sitting along the Huron River, eating fruit on a picnic blanket, and watching … Read More

7 More Tips for Saving Money with Sustainable Behaviors

Are you looking for more environmentally friendly actions to incorporate into your routines? These sustainable actions may take a bit more effort than those listed in Part One, based on our personal experiences, but they won’t be as much of an investment as buying an electric car or switching out your water heater, for example! Here is a list of … Read More