Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, US

Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Gold - expired 70.85 Feb. 27, 2022 Laura Young Feb. 28, 2019 Download
Sustainability in academics has continued to mature as seen by the increase in courses; learning outcomes; students; and graduates in a broadening set of degree offerings with sustainability focus. MSU has continued to foster relationships … read more
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Academic Courses Complete
Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program Complete
Graduate Program Complete
Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete
"A particular research program of great interest to sustainability and unique is the collaboration with University of Wisconsin - the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. While launched several years prior, it was launched with the … read more
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Research and Scholarship Complete
Support for Research Complete
Open Access to Research Complete
Campus Engagement
MSU has a robust student body, with countless extracurricular opportunities. The university has over 50 Registered Student Organizations that have roots in sustainability or in one or more legs of the triple bottom line. Students … read more
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Student Educators Program Complete
Student Orientation Complete
Student Life Complete
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete
Outreach Campaign Complete
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete
Employee Educators Program Complete
Employee Orientation Complete
Staff Professional Development Complete
Public Engagement
The world's big problems require innovative thinking, passionate people, and a global network of collaborators who will work toward the common good. With our unique partnership approach and capacity to take on increasingly complex problems, … read more
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Community Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete
Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Complete
Participation in Public Policy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Air & Climate
Under the Energy Transition Plan, Infrastructure and Planning Facilities: Transitions from coal to natural gas in 2016; have added solar car ports and tied them into our micro-grid and; made multiple equipment dispate and demand … read more
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete
Outdoor Air Quality Complete
In 2009, MSU received its first LEED award (silver certification) for the construction of an addition to the Chemistry Building. The Chemistry addition includes LEED features such as recycled glass in the flooring, low-flow toilets, … read more
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Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
A number of major energy projects were implemented in accordance with the Energy Transition Plan. A five year review was conducted in 2017 and progress reported. Major energy projects included: . Power Plant efficiency … read more
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Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Food & Dining

RHS Purchasing: majority within 600 miles
Clean Plates at State
Student Organic Farm program

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Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Sustainable Dining Complete
1) IPF collaborated with the Civil Engineering Department, which established the National Center for Pavement Preservation, to assess campus pavements and provide data for preservation and maintenance.  Potentially saving thousands of dollars with the right … read more
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Landscape Management Complete
Biodiversity Complete
A notable accomplishment in this category is the implementation of High-Performance Cleaning; Custodial Services using cutting-edge technology [user and environmentally friendly] to clean spaces while protecting the health of the building occupants and the environment. … read more
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Sustainable Procurement Complete
Electronics Purchasing Complete
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
MSU developed and published in 2018 the MSU Mobility Plan. Michigan State University’s Mobility Plan initiative comprises mobility technology, mobility source management, and infrastructure. The combination of these collective efforts results in the weaving of … read more
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Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete
A unique and accomplished unit within MSU is its Surplus Store & Recycling Center (SSRC).  The SSRC puts a reuse first focus on both recycling and waste with an emphasis on positively impacting the local … read more
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Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
A key action that has contributed to the reduction of water and significant costs savings was the installation of a reverse osmosis process for the power plant.  The change resulted in a payback of just … read more
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Water Use Complete
Rainwater Management Complete
Coordination & Planning
MSU has hired a Director of Sustainability and Program Coordinator in the EVP of Administration to provide the overall coordination of sustainability throughout the university and with external partners. This will both expand and heighten … read more
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Sustainability Coordination Complete
Sustainability Planning Complete
Participatory Governance Complete
Diversity & Affordability
Since 2015, MSU has pushed itself past its own limits to accommodate campus diversity, culture, and employee satisfaction. The university has come to terms with its previous shortcomings, and has risen to the occasion to … read more
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Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Affordability and Access Complete
Investment & Finance
MSU named its first Chief Investment Officer to oversee all of the university's lng-term investments. The CIO has hired 2 investment officers as well. Having a CIO has allowed MSU to grow internal talent and … read more
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Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing
Wellbeing & Work
Since 2015, MSU has pushed itself past its own limits to accommodate campus diversity, culture, and employee satisfaction. The university has come to terms with its previous shortcomings, and has risen to the occasion to … read more
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Employee Compensation Complete
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete
Wellness Program Complete
Workplace Health and Safety Complete

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