Facilities and Operations has primary responsibility for the stewardship of the university's physical properties, including 37 million square feet of building space. We are responsible for sophisticated and complex academic, research and clinical facilities, as well as associated environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. F&O is a positive organization dedicated to the principles of being respectful, collaborative, solutions-based, and proactive.

Project Highlight

Climate Action

As the University of Michigan works toward carbon neutrality, operational sustainability initiatives are ramping up, including energy conservation projects, finalizing a renewable-power purchase agreement, and planning for widespread geo-exchange heating and cooling systems.

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Logan Bender riding electric mower
Success Stories

The era of clean, quiet lawn care has arrived

You’re walking through the Diag enjoying green grass, colorful flowers, warm sun…but then a smelly lawnmower roars by, diminishing your enjoyment of this iconic campus scene.

Not Anymore!

U-M Grounds Services has proudly adopted battery-powered lawn equipment to improve operations and support the university’s carbon neutrality goals. More than 80% of all routine landscaping activities on campus will be performed by battery-powered equipment.

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