Factsheets

The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed since 2001 a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. Each factsheet presents important patterns of use, life cycle impacts and sustainable solutions. They are designed to inform policymakers, business professionals, students and teachers. The factsheets are peer-reviewed and updated annually.

The 2021 edition contains more than 2226 facts and 135 graphics compiled from 995 sources.

Click here to download a complete set of the factsheets in booklet style.

As a complement to these factsheets, CSS has compiled a collection of resources for K-12 teachers, including approximately 200 videos, podcasts, games and activities, grouped by medium within the sustainability topic to which they apply. To help educators to select the optimal resources for their purposes, CSS has provided grade level recommendations, the duration of the resource, and a brief description of the content and purpose.