Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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Michigan State University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ann Erhardt
Chief Sustainability Officer
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

MSU values collaborations among other colleges, universities and institutions. In addition to publishing campus research briefs online (www.bespartangreen.msu.edu), MSU shares information at conferences and meetings. The following presentations have been shared in recent years:
1. "Adaptive Network in Sustainability" (presentation), March 2014 SSCC
2. "Sustainability Guidebook: Resources for Stakeholders" (Presentation), March 2015 SSCC
3. "Sustainability at MSU: Bolder By Design" (presentation), October 2013 AASHE
4. "MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center" (presentation), October 2010 CURC/AASHE conference
5. “Using Green Teams and an Internal Certification Program to Achieve Savings” at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference (2010)
6. “Using Green Teams and an Internal Certification Program to Achieve Savings” at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (2010)
7. “Developing an Integrated Energy Savings Model” at Smart and Sustainable Campuses (2010)
8. “Campus Sustainability at Michigan State University” at Central Michigan Greening Conference (2009)
9. "Envisioning Our Values: Building an Integrated Environmental Stewardship Plan" at Society for College and University Planners Conference (2009)

Also, MSU Sustainability has funded/supported several research projects intended to advance sustainability in a campus environment. Those collaborations with faculty have yielded several papers (published and in process of publishing). Copies of papers available upon request.
1. Value-Belief-Norm approach to campus sustainability behaviors (Journal of Sustainable Development) Zwickle/Takahashi 2015
2. Influencing weak norms: How to encourage unpopular behaviors (Journal of Sustainability Education) Zwickle/Takahashi 2015
3. Refining the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge: Methods for implementing surveys at the university level. Zwickle/Takahashi 2015
4. Warmth, Competence, and Voice of university science communicators; Zwickle/Takahashi 2015
5. Science and Math attitudes; Zwickle/Takahashi 2015
6. Carpenter, S., Takahashi, B., Lertpratchya, A., & Cunningham, C. Greening the campus: A dialogic communication approach. Submitted to the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education; February 22, 2015.
7. Cunningham, C., Carpenter, S., Takahashi, B., & Lertpratchya, A.(2015, May). Use of cognitive processing to evaluate the effectiveness of sustainability-themed ads. Submitting to AEJMC Visual Communication division and Mass Communication & Society.
8. Carpenter, S., Takahashi, B., Cunningham, C., & Lertpratchya, A. (2015, May). Higher education and public communication campaigns: The role of social media in promoting sustainability. Accepted to the 2015 International Communication Association post-conference and will submit to Mass Communication & Society.
9. The use of eye-tracking to examine sustainability print media practices of universities. Submitting to Mass Communication & Society.

The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Big Ten and Friends Environmental Stewardship Group
Big Ten Sustainability Officers Group
College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC)
Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition (MSSC)
Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC)
Common Ground - Sponsored by Harvard
Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference (SSCC) Member
Power Dialogue 2015/2016

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

Recyclemania - Co-hosting/coordinating the Big Ten Environmental Stewardship Group twice per year.

BIG10 & Friends - Sustainability Collective Impact Study. First year in progress but will establish benchmarks for future report and create model for other regional conferences.

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

Because MSU is large and diverse, there is no central website that shows all of MSU's collaborations. Please see the list below:

Big Ten Environmental Stewardship Group - http://greenbigten.msu.edu/

AASHE - http://www.aashe.org/

Chicago Climate Exchange - https://www.theice.com/ccx

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