Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE (Assocation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education); AASCU (American Association of State Colleges & Universities; ACUHO-I (Association of College & University Housing Officers International); APPA (Association of HIgher Education Facilities Officers); CSHEMA (Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association);NACUBO (National Association of College & Univesity Business Officers); CURC (College and University Recycling Coalition); ISSP (International Society of Sustainability Professionals); SPLC (; Green Sports Alliance;CURC; U.S. Compost Council; Green Power Partnership 

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

MASU;MIAPPA:Michigan Recycling Coalition, Community Sustainability Partnership; West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum; East Michigan Sustainable Business Forum;MIEIBC.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

World Economic Forum - Investing in a Sustainable Future - Keynote (https://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Compressed_WIF2018_Programme_and_speakers_29.11.18.pdf);  U.S. Compost Council presentations on MRF, Anaerobic Digestion, Recycling ( https://www.compostfoundation.org/Portals/2/LANSING-01-18-2018-FLYERv1-with-registration.pdf?ver=2018-01-18-102736-580);  AASHE Presentation on Solar Project; Presentation on Sustainability Literacy Survey and determining the effectiveness of teaching Sustainability; Facilities and Power Summit - adoption of solar PPA and installation of solar carports: Green Power Partnership - presentation on renewable energy and optimization of energy production;

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Business Transformation and Operational Exellence World Summit & Industry Awards - Submitted case study on the development and implemenation of the Mobil Action Plan - innovation in sustainable facilities management;  

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

AASHE- Advisory Board, co leader of Big Ten and Friends; APPA - on board; MIAPPA - on board; MRC-on board; MIEIBC - on board

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

AASHE - director of sustainability participating in the mentoring program with U of Cal - Davis (previously Mercede) focus is on understanding gap analysis, developing a pathway to platinum, and introduction to a diverse set of sustainability programs in higher education; MSU has also mentored GVSU in developing their student organic farm and expanding their recycling and reuse program..  IN addition, MSU has multiple relationships internationally with universities promoting and providing resources for adoption of sustainability practices.  

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Collaboration with other Big 10 universities - discussions on specific topics such as how to define and measure waste diversion.  Also collaborated with Grand Valley State University in assisting them in their expansion of programs in waste recycling. 

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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