Vice Provost for Sustainability and Climate Action for the University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan (U-M) is well-positioned to take on the global challenges that surround our planet related to sustainability and climate action. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students are already steeped in education, research, and community engagement on sustainability and climate action at the University.

U-M seeks a collaborative, experienced, and innovative leader to serve in the inaugural role of the Vice Provost for Sustainability and Climate Action (VPSCA). The VPSCA will build upon the University’s successes and work to create new opportunities for further collaboration, partnership, and engagement inside and outside the University. Additionally, the VPSCA will foster a culture whereby sustainability and climate action are embedded within the educational and research missions across all units to drive significant progress and impact.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the VPSCA will be responsible for guiding, coordinating, and advancing U-M’s leadership in the spheres of education and research related to sustainability and climate action, and for partnering with other responsible leaders to advance campus sustainability culture and living lab opportunities.

Aligned with its public mission, U-M is a leader in its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. U-M strives to embed and integrate these values to ensure a pluralistic entity that is free from discrimination and welcomes and supports underserved and underrepresented communities. The VPSCA will build on these commitments by infusing them throughout the sustainability and climate action education and research priorities.

The VPSCA will engage the campus on academic and research activities, as well as public and community engagement initiatives, to enhance and facilitate cross-campus collaboration in the areas of sustainability and climate action. This role will serve an important convening and coordinating function to ensure that U-M is recognized as a global leader in cutting-edge sustainability and climate action education and research.