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June 4, 2013

Campus Sustainability encourages greener spending

MSU Office of Campus Sustainability is promoting June as “green purchasing month.” 

The campaign is designed to encourage buying local products, eating local foods and making offices more environmentally friendly.

Below are a few ideas MSU Sustainability proposed to generate more environmentally-friendly purchases from venues on and around campus.

Buy recycled content office supplies
University Services offers more than 70 recycled content and sustainable alternatives to your office supplies. Put the word "recycle" in the search field when logged into the Shop at State website for a quick way to see everything.

Buy Energy Star appliances
If you are planning to invest in new appliances, consider Energy Star brand for refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, or computer monitors. They are likely available at your local hardware and appliance stores.

Visit the surplus store
The MSU Surplus store accepts donations and sells products at a discounted price. A variety of used products can be found there that would otherwise go to waste.

Shop at the MSU student organic farm stand
Open every week through October, the MSU student organic farm stand offers fresh fruits and vegetables from the student organic farm. The stand is located in front of Fairchild Auditorium on the corner of Auditorium and Farm Lane every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eat at the MSU food truck
The Eat-at-State MSU food truck is full of local foods from MSU farm-raised beef to Bailey Hall greenhouse herbs.

Purchase dairy products from the MSU Dairy Store
Cheeses and ice cream at the MSU dairy store are made of dairy from cattle raised locally on MSU’s campus.