- Mary Sue ColemanPresident, University of Michigan
- David BrandonExecutive Director, Athletics Department
- Terry AlexanderExecutive Director, Office of Campus Sustainability
Ask the University of Michigan for Solar at the Big House
Please list your University of Michigan affiliation (student, alumni, box seat ticket holder, football fan, etc.) in your "reason for signing" field!
Across the country, the NFL is surging ahead with efforts to green its stadiums. The only problem is, the largest stadiums (and thus, those creating the biggest waste) are for college teams, not the professionals. And the biggest of the big is the "Big House", home to the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Despite a number of impressive efforts on campus to improve U of M's sustainability (including an initiative to use recycled caps and gowns at this year's commencement), University officials continue to resist efforts to put up solar panels, claiming it isn't cost effective. But if they can make it work in Seattle and Philly, surely Ann Arbor can work too. Besides, it shouldn't all just come down to the bottom line in terms of dollars—universities are places for educating, and this is a unique opportunity for U of M to educate and lead a large new sector in sustainability: college stadiums.
While the University of Michigan is known as a great school for many things, the Wolverines put the campus on the map. And with climate change creeping forward, there is no time to lose—this initiative is a winning combination for the Wolverines, bringing positive attention to the university with real consequences for the planet.
Join us in asking University leadership to make an announcement that they'll commit to solar at September 27th's EarthFest.
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- President, University of Michigan
Mary Sue Coleman
- Executive Director, Athletics Department
- Executive Director, Office of Campus Sustainability
I am writing to strongly support efforts by the Ecology Center and AnnArbor 350 to get solar panels installed at University of Michigan's Football Stadium, aka The Big House.
The University of Michigan's Planet Blue Initiative has taken major steps to improving our entire community's understanding of good environmental stewardship, and installing solar panels on the football stadium is another incredible opportunity to do so.
Across the country, the NFL is surging ahead with efforts to green its stadiums. The University of Michigan has a unique opportunity to lead college campuses around the country in improving their sustainability by installing solar panels at the Big House. And with climate change creeping forward, there is no time to lose—this initiative is a winning combination for the Wolverines, bringing positive attention to the university with real consequences for the planet.
Another very real benefit is the boost this installation will provide to the Michigan solar energy industry, which includes 121 solar power supply chain businesses. This industry has more than 6,300 jobs tied to it, an accomplishment for which Michigan ranks 4th in the nation. (See report by Environmental Law & Policy Center: http://elpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ELPCMichiganSolarandWindReport2011.pdf)
Please help Michigan stay among the leaders and the best: Commit to installing solar at the Big House at September 27th's EarthFest!
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