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Ford School, Weill Hall join U-M Planet Blue energy conservation efforts

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Ford School has joined the U-M's Planet Blue, a campus-wide outreach campaign designed to get students, faculty, and staff engaged in building-specific efforts to achieve energy and environmental conservation.

In early November, Planet Blue hosted a Weill Hall Open House that featured booths on energy savings, building systems, recycling, waste reduction, alternative transportation, green purchasing, and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Over 170 people attended the event and many signed up to become "Planet Blue citizens." Planet Blue citizens have access to a personalized webpage that allows them to learn about steps they can take to conserve energy, share ideas, and learn about energy issues unique to Weill Hall.

The open house kicked-off Planet Blue's multi-month engagement with the Ford School. Bill Kelly, Katie Talik, Josh Keyes, Greg Mandelman, Randall Thomas, and Linda Anderson will represent the Ford School on a Planet Blue Team that includes key experts in energy efficiency optimization and waste reduction from around the University.

Planet Blue is the part of the six point Environmental and Energy Initiative at the University of Michigan. The mission of Planet Blue is to actively engage the University of Michigan community to conserve utilities and increase recycling thereby saving money and benefiting the environment.

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    Planet Blue open house in Weill Hall

    Planet Blue open house in Weill Hall
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    Water bottles given to those who became Planet Blue citizens

    Water bottles given to those who became Planet Blue citizens
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    Randall Thomas, Josh Keyes, and Linda Anderson (L-R) pass out Planet Blue t-shirts

    Randall Thomas, Josh Keyes, and Linda Anderson (L-R) pass out Planet Blue t-shirts
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    Planet Blue open house attendees

    Planet Blue open house attendees
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    Greg Mandelman (MPP '10) recruits Planet Blue citizens

    Greg Mandelman (MPP '10) recruits Planet Blue citizens
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    Planet Blue open house attendees

    Planet Blue open house attendees
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    Planet Blue open house attendees

    Planet Blue open house attendees
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    Josh Keyes gives a shirt to Sidney Brown (MPP '10)

    Josh Keyes gives a shirt to Sidney Brown (MPP '10)
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    Crystal Borgman helps Bonnie Roberts register to become a Planet Blue citizen

    Crystal Borgman helps Bonnie Roberts register to become a Planet Blue citizen
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    Planet Blue team members pose with C.J. Lee (MPP '10)

    Planet Blue team members pose with C.J. Lee (MPP '10)
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    Planet Blue open house attendees

    Planet Blue open house attendees
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    Planet Blue open house attendees learn about alternative transportation

    Planet Blue open house attendees learn about alternative transportation
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    Professor John Chamberlin, Judith Moore, and Professor Doug Brook (L-R) sign up to be Planet Blue citizens

    Professor John Chamberlin, Judith Moore, and Professor Doug Brook (L-R) sign up to be Planet Blue citizens
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    Josh Keyes, Tracey Artley, and Beth Soboleski (L-R) discuss the U-M recycling program

    Josh Keyes, Tracey Artley, and Beth Soboleski (L-R) discuss the U-M recycling program