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.
MSU is moving toward
100 percent renewable energy to power campus
In April, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced MSU’s commitment to convert its power plant, which serves most of the MSU campus, from coal by the end of 2016. Since 2009-10, the campus has decreased coal use by 65 percent—the largest contribution to the university’s decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.
Converting to natural gas, one step in MSU’s long-term plan to achieve 100 percent renewable energy sourcing, will position the university as a leader in sustainability among top research institutions.
MSU is a state and national leader in its approach to comprehensive waste reduction.
The MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center provide comprehensive solid waste collection and processing and disposal services, helping move the university toward its goal of 70 percent waste diversion by 2017. Expanding organic waste collection is the next critical step.
A world leader in water research, MSU is well positioned to adapt campus water infrastructure to changing environmental factors.
MSU is advancing water sustainability on campus through research and programs that include storm water management, well-head protection, and integrated campus water systems mapping.
Greener transportation options are reducing emissions on campus.
MSU is diversifying its transportation options, from the campus bus system to the university’s vehicle fleet to a dedicated bikes program.
Annual bike permits issued at registration have increased by nearly 80 percent since the Bikes Service Center opened in 2006, with more than 8,600 permits issued. Short- and long-term bike leases increased by 30 percent, with 537 bikes leased to students, faculty, and staff for semester, weekly, or hourly usage.
MSU is preparing the next generation of Spartan leaders to solve grand challenges.
During the 2013-14 academic year, 90 sustainability courses were offered. In addition to academic courses, the Be Spartan Green Student Project Fund provided $32,700 in funding to nine student sustainability projects last year. These projects contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a sustainable and healthy culture on campus.