STARS v2.1

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, US

Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 70.85 Amy Butler 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
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 9.72 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 6.30 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
"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 full ... read more
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 11.85 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 0.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 2.13 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.50 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 2.84 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.75 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 2.19 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 3.81 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 1.90 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 1.25 / 3.00
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 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 2.32 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.01 / 4.00

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

Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 0.12 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 1.03 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.75 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.11 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.44 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.48 / 1.00
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 ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.45 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.59 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 1.20 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 2.38 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.96 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 1.83 / 6.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 2.75 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 1.75 / 3.00
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
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.67 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.04 / 4.00
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
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
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
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 2.10 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.49 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Grounds Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Pre-Submission Review Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation B Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation C Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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