A More Sustainable Tomorrow
The sunlight coming through your window is an incredible, usable source of energy. Plants convert light energy to chemical energy — the energy of life — through photosynthesis. That’s what inspired MSU researcher Cheryl Kerfeld and her team to apply engineering approaches to living systems to create new sources of energy that could power the world in a healthy, sustainable way.View story photos
What's On Tap?
MSU water researchers protect our most valuable — and vulnerable — natural resource. Chances are, wherever there is water there are Spartans. Researchers from dozens of disciplines across the globe study, monitor and protect our waters — from joining the front lines of the Flint water crisis response to combating the effects of climate change to ensuring access to safe, plentiful water for all.View story photos
Better Yields for Better Lives
How does a country ensure a future powered by healthy citizens? It starts with making sure young children are properly nourished. MSU researcher and Guatemala native Luis Flores is partnering to bring new farming practices to his homeland to help reverse the trend of staggering malnutrition.View story photos
Reviving the Land, Seeding the Future
While Uganda's population is growing, land fertile enough to produce crops is becoming scarce and could run out in the next decade. MSU soil scientist Lisa Tiemann is working with farmers in the African nation to gather data on soil conditions and introduce sustainable agricultural practices. The goal? Slow down or reverse the loss of organic matter to restore the land and grow crops that provide food and income as well as seed for the future.View story photos
Grow Where You Are Planted
Spartans are testing the limits of growing food in less than ideal conditions at an entrepreneurial incubator farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Modeled after MSU’s Student Organic Farm, educators and apprentice farmers use innovative sustainable growing practices to launch farm businesses that provide healthy local food.
MSU Digs In
Spartan scientists are finding solutions to preserve one of the world’s most vital resources—soil.View story photos
The Future is Clear
Imagine a city that’s actually a vast solar energy harvesting system. A team of MSU researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.View story photos
Earth Day. Every Day.
At MSU, green is always in season. An early innovator in sustainability and resource conservation, MSU is meeting aggressive goals in critical areas of energy, waste reduction, transportation, water and community engagement. See how Spartans are going greener than ever.
Harvest Time: Sharing the Abundance
The 15-acre certified organic farm, complete with solar hoop houses and cold storage, is home to the first year-round Community Supported Agriculture program in Michigan and an intensive training program that prepares the next generation of organic farmers.View story photos
MSU is poised to achieve the next milestone in fulfilling its legacy and achieving its destiny—to power and empower—through Empower Extraordinary: The Campaign for Michigan State University.View story photos