PBA Spotlight Stories

PBA Spotlight: The Intersection of Environmental Justice and Economics

Sam Stolper

I had the opportunity to sit down with Sam Stolper, an environmental and energy economist and assistant professor at University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). We discussed his thoughts on the intersection of environmental justice and economics. His work investigates how policies can shift behavior to contribute to environmental protection and social well-being. He points to his … Read More

PBA Spotlight: Ari Weil – Once a PBA, Always a PBA

Ari Weil

The Planet Blue Ambassador Program launched in 2011. Nine years later it has grown into a vibrant community of thousands of students, staff, faculty, and alumni members. Without all of you, we would not be able to work towards our mission of engaging the campus community in sustainability, advancing the University of Michigan’s sustainability commitments, and moving towards a campus-wide … Read More

PBA Spotlight: Petra Kuppers – Disability Culture and Feminism within Sustainability

What is Queer/Ecofeminism? Queer/ecofeminism is an orientation to the world that looks at gendered and sexed power relations within a wider field of discriminations and exclusions. Some topics discussed within queer/ecofeminism include how ‘land’ became gendered in heteronormative frameworks, how National Park conservation reinforced discrimination against black and indigenous people, how plant taxonomies and plant collections come to us through … Read More

Jessa Lytle and Team Building for Sustainability

Team Building Activity

University of Michigan’s Adventure Leadership is an activity-based, team building and leadership development program that works with university groups, sports teams, departments, community groups, and corporate organizations. I spoke with Jessa Lytle, the Assistant Director of Adventure Leadership, to learn more about her work at the intersection of team building and environmental education.  In college, Jessa was passionate about finding ways for … Read More

Jessica Thompson and the Maize and Blue Cupboard

Jessica Thompson

Food insecurity is an increasing issue for students across college campuses. Around a third of students at the University of Michigan lack reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. To combat this, students formed the Maize & Blue Cupboard in 2014 and held monthly food distributions at the Trotter Multicultural Center. This winter, after years of gaining support across campus and expanding the … Read More

Missy Stults and Carbon Neutrality in Ann Arbor

Missy Stults

In February, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced the members of the U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality. One of the integral members named to the commission is Melissa “Missy” Stults, the City of Ann Arbor’s Sustainability and Innovations Manager. I spoke with Missy about her professional journey, her role in the city, and the essential connection between the sustainability … Read More

Erik Boyer and the Energy Management Program

Erik Boyer

The University of Michigan is making progress on the 2025 Campus Sustainability Goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below the 2006 baseline. Still, more work can be done to reduce energy use throughout campus buildings. U-M’s Office of Campus Sustainability has a team of Regional Energy Managers (REMs) who work to increase the energy efficiency of campus buildings and support … Read More

Sonia Joshi at the Intersection of DEI and Sustainability

Sonia Joshi

In the Fall of 2016, the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan was created so every school, college, and unit across the University of Michigan instills the values of DEI in their missions and daily operations. That semester, the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) brought in Sonia Joshi as the DEI Program Manager to help enhance the … Read More

Sustainable Labs Spotlight: Laura Mayo-Bond and Holly Evanoff

Laura Mayo-Bond and Holly Evanoff

The University of Michigan has 2.8 million square feet of lab space for research and teaching and is ranked #1 in research volume among U.S public universities according to the National Science Foundation. With an enormous amount of equipment and energy used to conduct research, labs have historically not been the most sustainable of workplaces. Fortunately, The University of Michigan Office of Campus … Read More

PBA Spotlight: Paul Dunlop and Zero Waste at the Big House

Paul Dunlop

It’s time for football and the U-M team kicked off its season with many new starting players, new maize uniforms, and renewed optimism that we will beat our arch rivals. One big change fans may notice is the Michigan Stadium Zero Waste Initiative.  Paul Dunlop, the Senior Facilities Manager for Michigan Stadium, leads the Zero Waste Stadium efforts. The Zero … Read More