Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From left, Nina Levin, Anna Snoeyink and Emily Miller sort through items from Planet Blue bins to determine how much trash is mixed in with recyclable products. The "trash sort" was part of the Tuesday's EarthFest 2011 celebration on the Diag. Click the photo for more images from EarthFest. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

President Coleman announces ambitious goals for sustainability
In a broad, green stroke across campus, U-M will invest $14 million in new commitments to achieve ambitious environmental goals. “I want the message to be clear: Sustainability defines the University of Michigan. Combine maize and blue, and you get green,” President Mary Sue Coleman said Tuesday in a speech kicking off the university’s annual EarthFest celebration.

More from the president's address: University rolls out plans for new hybrid buses
Adding to one of the largest university alternative-energy vehicle fleets in the nation, U-M has announced it is purchasing seven diesel-electric hybrid buses. By the end of fiscal year 2012, one in six buses on campus will be a hybrid. The new buses will begin replacing current buses that run on diesel fuel.
First geothermal facility opening on campus.
Solar panels coming to North Campus.
• U-M students, faculty share sustainable ideas.
Watch a video showcasing student, faculty and staff efforts in the Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment.

ADDITIONAL HONOREE: Three faculty members receive presidential early career awards
A third U-M winner of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers inadvertently was omitted from a story in Tuesday's Record Update. Christine Freeman, a research investigator in internal medicine, also received the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Flint, Dearborn campuses report fall enrollment increases
Fall enrollment at UM-Flint has hit historically high levels for the fifth straight year, and enrollment at UM-Dearborn is the second highest in its 51-year history.

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A better-educated Bangladesh
When Bangladesh sought to improve its higher education programs, Quamrul Mazumder, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UM-Flint, stepped up to help his native country. He has spoken at education-improvement workshops, on the Bangladesh National Television Network and even at the U.S. Embassy. Mazumder continues to work to establish international collaboration between the education communities of the U.S. and Bangladesh, and to provide recommendations to the Bangladesh government.