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CATA welcomes improved hybrids to fleet

Published: March. 27, 2017
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CATA's improved hybrid Xcelsior model pictured at the debut event

Lansing's Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their switch to hybrid models by introducing seven new Xcelsior hybrid buses. The organization prides themselves on being the first mass transportation unit to introduce hybrid vehicles in the state of Michigan.

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Earth Month events at MSU

Published: March 23, 2017
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An illustration of campus featuring the words: 2017 Earth Month Celebration.

Earth Day is April 22, but events are happening all month on campus to encourage the MSU community to reflect on their impact on the planet and play their part in protecting it.

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Student research uncovers tangible savings for real farm operations

Published: Mar. 1, 2017
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

A little pig at the MSU Swine Teaching and Research Center.

Liquid sweet whey, a byproduct following the manufacture of cheese, is traditionally sent to the landfill, serving no functional purpose for farmers and resulting in a disposal cost. At MSU, students in Agribusiness Management have uncovered a unique dual purpose for the whey that both reduces cost and diverts waste.

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Food waste tracking system diverts 17,800 pounds in first year

Published: Feb. 28, 2017
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern

Staff in Brody Square weigh and track pre-consumer food waste using the LeanPath tracking system.

Serving over one million hungry Spartans yearly, it's no surprise that MSU's Brody Square Dining Hall generates a ton of food, and subsequently a large amount of food waste. Amidst the endless options and the bottomless buffets, one Dining Services team set out to transform the process of food preparation, holding themselves (and the campus) more accountable for pre-consumer food waste.

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MSU Sustainability director earns position on prestigious board

Published: Jan. 30, 2017
Author(s): Hanna Kielar, Sustainability student intern

A shot of snowy Beaumont Tower

This January 2017, Ann Erhardt, MSU Director of Sustainability in Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, was elected by her national peer group to the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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Optimizing wastewater treatment in East Lansing

Published: Jan. 30, 2017
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Communications Manager

Several East Lansing City Council members and staff cutting the ribbon to the East Lansing Water Resource Recovery Facility in celebration of the completion of Phase one updates made at the facility.

As some equipment at the East Lansing Water Resource Recovery Facility nears the end of its useful life, facility administrators are partnering with MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) to ensure that, as updates are made, operations not only maintain safety and affordability, but also strive for increased efficiency and environmental quality.

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MSU alumna feels "love" inside new tiny home, constructed by students

Published: Jan. 25, 2017
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

New owner of Sparty's Cabin, MSU alumna Debra Levantrosser, accepts the keys from Provost June Youatt.

On Friday January 6, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, June Youatt, passed the keys to Sparty’s Cabin to their new owner, Debra Levantrosser. As a graduate of MSU, Levantrosser feels a great appreciation and connection to the students who built her new tiny home.

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A look back on MSU's 2016 sustainability highlights

Published: Jan. 10 2017
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

Sustainability 2016

In 2016, Michigan State University continued to set a standard of sustainability excellence for universities everywhere. For Spartans, green is much more than a school color, it's a mentality that pushes us to envision a healthier, more sustainable future.

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Student study fosters wave of focus on increased access to filtered water

Published: Jan. 06 2017
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern


The popularity of single-use plastic products and containers results in nearly 80 percent of bottles ending up as litter, clogging landfills with two million tons of plastic, all of which can take thousands of years to decompose. Many elect to use bottled water for reasons such as health or taste, and are unaware that 40 percent of bottled water sold in the US is actually tap water.

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From concern to action: MSU's recycling program has students to thank

Published: Jan. 06 2017
Author(s): Hanna Kielar, Sustainability student intern

A photo of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center building, looking across the parking lot.

At MSU, students have the power to generate change; as Spartans, activism and service run through our blood. Long before the university was home to dozens of sustainability and environmental programs, passionate students were creating positive changes on campus. In fact, Michigan State University's Recycling Center and Surplus Store would not be what it is today had it not been for a special student group.

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MSU now accepting applications for green certification program

Published: Dec. 1 2016
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A picture of Beaumont Tower at twilight surrounded by trees; a street lamp lights the frame.

At Michigan State University, building a healthier, more sustainable campus is a priority for students, faculty and staff alike. In support of this effort, MSU's Sustainability department is again calling on the Spartan community to examine the role they play in reducing resource use on campus, through participation in the Spartan Green Certification program.

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Green in spirit and in transit

Published: Nov. 29, 2016
Author(s): Hanna Kielar, Sustainability student intern

An aerial view photo of the MSU campus buildings in the fall.

At Michigan State University, students, staff and faculty enjoy an expansive 5,200 acres of beautiful campus space every day. Whether you are traveling to campus from another corner of the state, or simply trying to make it to your 10:20 a.m. class on time, traveling the distance can get tricky.

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Unplug and recharge this holiday season

Published: Nov. 18, 2016
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An illustration featuring a fuzzy reindeer in a snowy scene.

The weather outside is getting frightful, and that means the winter holidays are nearly here! As you prepare for your favorite snowy traditions (or timely escape from the cold), don't forget to help our bustling campus unplug and recharge during the time off.

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Student Stories: Drowning World raises questions, awareness of climate change

Published: Nov. 1, 2016
Author(s): Hanna Kielar, Sustainability student intern

Two female students view and discuss an enlarged photo of flooding victims that is submerged in the Red Cedar River.

Few would disagree that photographer Gideon Mendel uses his photos to spread awareness about what's happening around the world. It wasn't until I explored one exhibit myself that his work challenged me to personally address an issue of global concern: climate change.

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Protecting the river from the rooftops

Published: Oct. 31, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, communications coordinator

A photo of green roof researcher Brad Rowe atop the MSU Plant and Soil Sciences building green roof.

Comprising up to 26 percent of urban areas, rooftops are a prominent, but often underused element of modern architecture. According to MSU's green roof research team, greenery can enhance the durability of these structures, reduce the quantity of stormwater runoff, and act as a natural filtration system to cleanse runoff before it reaches waterways like our very own Red Cedar River.

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This game day, don't just yell "Go Green," do it

Published: Sept. 28, 2016
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern

A photo of the Spartan Statdium student section holding up signs that read: Go Green.

It is that time of year in Spartan nation. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and football season is in full swing. So fire up the grill, join your Spartan friends and family, belt out the fight song and follow these simple tips to "Go Green" on game day.

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Rethinking 'waste' as power for campus

Published: Sept. 23, 2016
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer and Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student interns

A photo of a group tour at MSU's Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center.

For student Makayla Mainhood, operations intern with MSU Culinary Services, separating food waste from other materials like plastic and metal is a daily duty. But before her visit to the South Campus Anaerobic Digester, she had no idea that she was actively participating in a much larger process to reduce waste and generate power for campus.

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Student Stories: EARTH'D

Published: Sept. 21, 2016
Author(s): Victoria Chapman, Makenzie Bosworth and Maeve O'Dowd

A photo of a scene from the film. The scene features a student, with an image of the Earth on their face, laying on a recycling container while covered in plastic bottles.

During a RISE freshman seminar, our class was presented with the task of writing a grant that would make some sort of an impact on MSU's, and possibly the world's, environment.

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Uncovering solar energy solutions in Michigan's cloudy climate

Published: Sept. 6, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, communications coordinator

A photo of Sina Jahangiri, PhD candidate and solar water heater researcher from MSU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, posing near a flat plate collector system for solar water heating. A flat plate collector looks similar to traditional solar panels and consists of a dark flat-plate with an alumnium border.

With an average of only 174 sunny days every year and many months of cold weather, East Lansing, Michigan may seem like an unlikely hub for solar energy research. However, MSU's commitment to sustainability is driving university researchers to uncover clean energy solutions, no matter the difficulty.

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Seven tips for green living on campus

Published: Aug. 31, 2016
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern

A photo of a student walking down a sidewalk on an autumn morning.

This fall, thousands of Spartans will return to campus, and their use of resources will have a huge impact on the environment. But believe it or not, choosing a green lifestyle at MSU is easy.

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Demonstrating a profitable market for deconstruction, salvage and reuse

Published: Aug. 2, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, communications coordinator

A photo of an MSU recycling employee collecting lumber from a pile of 1855 Place construction waste.

As one of the nation's major hubs for automotive and manufacturing industry, the Great Lakes region has a long legacy of urban construction, structural neglect and demolition of abandoned buildings - a damaging cycle that MSU is addressing both on campus and across the state.

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Spartan Green Stories: W. K. Kellogg Biological Station Pasture Dairy Center

Published: Aug. 1, 2016
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

A photo of a dairy cow at the KBS Pasture Dairy Center.

Researchers at the Pasture Dairy Center are discovering strategies to reduce their environmental impact without sacrificing production, allowing them to partner with other farms and provide education on integrating sustainable practices into modern farming across the state.

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MSU's tobacco ban offers paybacks for environmental protection

Published: July 25, 2016
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern

A photo of a broken cigarette on a white background.

Campuswide smoking bans reduce the number of cigarette smokers on campus, and change the perceived norms surrounding tobacco use. They not only support the health of smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke, but they also reduce the amount of cigarette waste produced on campus.

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Constructing the campus of tomorrow, today

Published: July 6, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, communications coordinator

A photo collage highlighting features within MSU's new Bio Engineering Facility.

Behind the many Spartans who are researching solutions for the world's most pressing challenges are cutting-edge facilities that provide a platform for discovery. At MSU, ensuring the excellence of those facilities is just as important as the work they support.

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MSU joins Department of Energy's workplace charging challenge

Published: June 27, 2016
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In this photo Matt Stehouwer, technology manager for the College of Natural Science, re-charges his electric vehicle at the charging station in the Kellogg Center Parking Ramp.

Michigan State University is demonstrating leadership in workplace sustainability by supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge.

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Pedaling for platinum: Building a bike-friendly community

Published: June 9, 2016
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

A photo of bike racks outside MSU's Brody Neighborhood.

On May 19, MSU hosted the Bicycle Friendly America Conference at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The conference featured a variety of bike experts and covered topics such as bicycle-friendly communities, businesses and universities.

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Spartan Green Stories: IPF's Computer Systems and Networking team

Published: May 25, 2016
Author(s): Jeremy Peterson, Sustainability student intern

A photo of Network Security Administrator David Graff from IPF's Computer Systems and Networking team.

Serving over 1,000 employees and over 750 computer stations, MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities' Computer Systems and Networking team is going above and beyond to reduce the impact of IPF's expansive computer systems while also exploring options for increased efficiency.

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Student research project taps into bottled water consumption on campus

Published: May 20, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, communications coordinator

A photo of Cheng-Hua Liu, Melissa Rojas-Downing and Sean Barton holding an award at the 2016 Be Spartan Green Award Gala.

At MSU, plastic water bottles account for a large amount of campus waste, yet it is estimated that only 25 percent of the nearly three million water bottles on campus are recycled each year. To better understand water consumption and uncover areas for improvement, graduate students partnered with MSU Sustainability to research bottled water on campus.

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Remember to power down before vacation

Published: May 20, 2016
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An illustration featuring a bright sun and a message asking that you power down before vacation to help MSU save energy and reduce emissions.

Before leaving campus for extended time off, follow these simple steps to help MSU save energy and reduce emissions while you are away.

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Five tips for sustainable summer living

Published: May 20, 2016
Author(s): Lauren Tamboer, Sustainability student intern

A photo of a family visiting MSU's 4-H Children's Garden. They are standing on a bridge admiring the garden's pink and yellow flowers.

For those fortunate enough to enjoy MSU's campus during the warm summer months, there are several things you can do to reduce your environmental impact, savor the sunshine and support your local community.

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Students research six-legged solution for Styrofoam's recycling dilemma

Published: May 3, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola and Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student interns

A photo of a mealworm eating polystyrene.

Polystyrene, commonly referred to as "Styrofoam," presents a unique problem once it enters the waste stream: it's not practical to reuse and it's not economically efficient to recycle. Here at MSU, one group of students from the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment program is researching the use of mealworms to degrade this material.

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Reducing waste during move-out

Published: April 27, 2016
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A photo of students preparing for move-out in a residence hall at MSU.

As another academic year comes to a close, MSU reminds students to recycle and donate unwanted items through the Pack Up. Pitch In. Help Out. program.

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MSU receives STARS silver rating for sustainability achievements

Published: April 27, 2016
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A photo of MSU's Beaumont Tower on a spring day.

Michigan State University has been honored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for its sustainability achievements.

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Earth Day reflection: How will you make a difference?

Published: April 22, 2016
Author(s): Ann Erhardt, MSU Sustainability director

A photo of the sun rising behind a tree on MSU's campus.

On April 22, people around the globe come together to celebrate Earth Day and to bring recognition to the many environmental challenges confronting our planet.

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Recognizing outstanding leadership in sustainability

Published: April 20, 2016
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An illustration of the Spartan Helmet and the words Spartans Will.

On April 20, Michigan State University's Sustainability department celebrated Earth Day and outstanding sustainability leadership at the 2016 Be Spartan Green Award Gala.

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Student group advocates for the environment at MSU and beyond

Published: March 29, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of the Spartan Sierra club gathered at an environmental justice rally in Detroit, Michigan.

As the environment continues to grow as a topic of great interest in national politics, the Spartan Sierra Club is addressing the most current and pressing environmental issues here at MSU, such as climate change, clean energy and waste reduction, through a variety of advocacy campaigns.

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It all adds up: Conserving energy at MSU

Published: March 23, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola and Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student interns

A 1965 black and white photo of students lounging in a residence hall room at MSU.

As technology continues to grow both in the classroom and in personal spaces, MSU is calling on staff, faculty and students to learn how their power consumption impacts campus and how they can make small adjustments that contribute to reduced energy use.

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Earth Month events at MSU

Published: March 8, 2016
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An illustration of campus on top of a globe featuring the words: 2016 Earth Month Celebration.

Even though April 22 is Earth Day, there are numerous campus events happening all month to celebrate and raise awareness about environmental issues.

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Grace Noyola: Pursuing your passions

Published: March 3, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

Grace Noyola poses with her fellow interns on a tour at MSU's Student Organic Farm.

I came to MSU with one goal: to learn how to make an impact on the environment with my writing. I wasn't sure how, but nonetheless I wanted my experience here to prepare me for a future in both the arts and the sciences. As a transfer student pursuing a career in writing and communication, already a full academic year ahead in school, I was fearful it was even possible to fulfill my hopes in only two years. Thankfully, MSU did not share my doubts.

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MSU announces live webcast: A Conversation with President Simon about MSU's Energy Future

Published: March 3, 2016
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A photo of MSU's campus in the evening, illuminated by the glow of street lights.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 9 a.m. MSU will broadcast "A Conversation with President Simon about MSU's Energy Future" on MSU's Energy Transition website.

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Diving into sustainability: Students analyze MSU's waste stream

Published: March 2, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A student in gloves sorts waste into different containers.

MSU's Introduction to Sustainability course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the principles of sustainability and how their actions can make a difference. For two of the four classes taught each semester, that learning experience includes partnering with MSU's Recycling Center team to conduct a hands-on waste audit of a campus building.

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MSU to host Power Dialog

Published: February 19, 2016
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The national Power Dialog logo.

On Monday, April 4, Michigan State University's Sustainability department will host The Power Dialog from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Life Science Building at MSU. The Power Dialog is a national event seeking to engage students across the United States in dialog on energy policy.

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Spartan Green Stories: MSU's Grumet Research Lab

Published: January 29, 2016
Author(s): Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student intern

A photo of Research Technician Sue Hammar from the MSU Grumet Research Lab.

Located inside Michigan State University's Plant Soil and Sciences Building, the Grumet Research Lab is actively working to advance environmental systems by studying plant growth genetics and plant disease resistance, while also pursuing stewardship in their workspace.

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MSU student project grows campus green space

Published: January 29, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU students working to install plants for the Truly Green Space Project.

For Michigan State University students, the campus experience extends beyond the classroom - it thrives in unique outdoor spaces, connected by the beloved Red Cedar River. To take advantage of this landscape, one group of students from MSU's RISE program worked to transform a riverside deck outside of Bailey Hall from a low-traffic area to a vibrant natural space.

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MSU launches sustainable wood recovery program

Published: January 29, 2016
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A photo looking up into the tree canopy of MSU's Sanford Natural Area.

In order to preserve MSU's impressive natural areas for future generations of Spartans, MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities have partnered to launch a Sustainable Wood Recovery Program on MSU's campus.

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Improving snow removal operations with sustainable practices

Published: January 29, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of Landscape Services Operations Supervisor Ross Weaver posing near some snow removal equipment.

Michigan State University is no stranger to the difficulties of Michigan winters; snow, ice and freezing temperatures can prove hazardous whether you're walking, biking or especially driving on a blustery day. To keep campus from freezing over during the chilly winter months, Landscape Services is employing several tactics that both enhance safety and reduce environmental impact.

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MSU participates in RecycleMania 2016

Published: January 28, 2016
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Students pose infront of an informational table in the International Center.

From February 7 to April 2, Michigan State University will compete in RecycleMania, an annual eight-week recycling competition between colleges and universities across North America.

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Call for nominations: 2016 Be Spartan Green Outstanding Awards

Published: January 19, 2016
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A photo of the MSU student group SPARTA accepting an award for Outstanding Student Organization at the 2015 Be Spartan Green Award Ceremony.

Michigan State University's Sustainability department wishes to recognize the outstanding individuals and departments who have made significant contributions to on-campus sustainability. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016 Be Spartan Green Outstanding Awards. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 1.

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Michigan State University's 2015 sustainability highlights

Published: January 6, 2016
Author(s): Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU's Beaumont Tower, with text that reads: Together, Spartans are contributing to a greener campus and more sustainable world.

As we embark on a new year of opportunity for campus innovation, let's reflect on some of Michigan State University's 2015 sustainability achievements.

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Reducing food waste in MSU's dining halls

Published: January 4, 2016
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU's mascot, Sparty, encouraging dining hall patrons to participate in the Clean Plates at State program.

Designed to promote environmental sustainability through annual food waste audits, the Clean Plates at State program demonstrates responsible dining practices that help eliminate unnecessary food waste and encourage students to make healthy eating choices.

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MSU recognizes students for energy innovation

Published: December 14, 2015
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A photo of first place winners Jonathan Kline, David Shaffer, Andrew Paul and Kevin Parzuchowski of Kettering University, posing with their advisor Susanta Das.

Michigan State University announced the winners of its inaugural Energy Innovation Award and Student Solar Design Competition at an awards ceremony on Dec. 10.

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Spartan Green Stories: The MSU Union

Published: November 30, 2015
Author(s): Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU Union Operations Supervisor Celia Cosme-Brooks working at her desk.

At the MSU Union, 'Being Spartan Green' is not only a suggestion: it's a commitment. Operations Supervisor Celia Cosme-Brooks explains how green practices and sustainability education are an integral part of the building's daily operations.

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Michigan State University signs White House climate action plan pledge

Published: November 20, 2015
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A photo of a campus entryway marker, prominently featuring Michigan State University's logo.

Two weeks prior to the Conference on Climate Change, the White House announced that more than 200 university and college campuses, including Michigan State University, signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris.

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Turn off and unplug before the holidays

Published: November 20, 2015
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An illustration featuring a fuzzy reindeer in a snowy scene.

Before leaving campus for holiday break (and other extended time off), please take the following steps to conserve energy while you are away.

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MSU recognized for bike-friendly campus

Published: November 9, 2015
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A photo of Sparty posing infront of Beaumont Tower with his bicycle.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Michigan State University with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly University award, adding it to the list of more than 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

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MSU now accepting applications for green certification program

Published: November 3, 2015
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A photo overlooking MSU's West Circle Drive.

As Michigan State University works to develop institutional-level strategies to improve campus sustainability and resource conservation, the Sustainability department is once again calling on the MSU community to reflect on the role they play in constructing a sustainable campus by participating in the Spartan Green Certification program.

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Student group promotes sustainability across campus

Published: November 2, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of the Sustainable Spartans at the group's annual Earth Day at The MSU Rock event.

Across the world, sustainability is an increasingly urgent and relevant industry - calling on young professionals from diverse backgrounds to address some of the most pressing environmental issues we face today. At Michigan State University, several student organizations are actively working to take that commitment to the next level by devoting their work to sustainable solutions.

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Planning green events at Michigan State University

Published: October 29, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

Employees from MSU Residential and Hospitality Services' 2015 Annual Team Member Appreciation Picnic proudly display a

Amidst the excitement of event planning, it is easy to forget the environmental impact our events can have on campus and the community. Between food, advertising, decorations, waste, and transportation, events are resource-intensive.

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From the farm to Farm Lane: sustainable food at Michigan State

Published: October 1, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A student harvesting radishes on MSU's Student Organic Farm.

As students and faculty work to solve a diverse number of agricultural challenges, both locally and globally, the MSU community's access to sustainably sourced food options is growing. Thanks to partnerships and sustainable agriculture initiatives across campus, faculty, staff and students have sustainable, fresh food options year-round.

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MSU announces statewide Student Solar Design Competition

Published: September 2, 2015
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A graphic promoting the Energy Innovation Award and Student Solar Design Competition. It explains that cash awards are available in the amounts of $5,000 for first place, $3,500 for second and $1,500 for third.

In an effort to address some of the most urgent environmental issues facing our world today, Michigan State University is inviting students across the state to design cost-effective, energy-efficient and design-centric solar installations that can be integrated into a campus landscape.

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Creating a sustainable campus community

Published: August 5, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A spring time photo of dtudents walking toward MSU's West McDonel Hall.

With fall semester quickly approaching, MSU Sustainability encourages students to take Spartan Green pride in these cost efficient and environmentally responsible on-campus living features.

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MSU students establish beehive haven in campus neighborhood

Published: August 3, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola and Timothy Montoya, Sustainability student interns

A photo of the founding members of the MSU Bee Club, shown standing next to the hives installed on the green roof at Bailey Hall.

A key contributor to Michigan's economy, honeybees are responsible for a billion dollars in agricultural products each year. As their population continues to decline at dangerous rates, Michigan State University researchers are investigating colony collapse as a serious threat to crop production. Students at MSU are tackling the issue as well, spearheading an initiative to educate campus on the importance of bees in food systems and overall ecological health.

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Tackling recycling's 'final frontier': campus composting

Published: July 1, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU Recycling Center employee Cayden Bunnell.

As waste-reduction concepts gain momentum at MSU, recycling improvements have led to record numbers of participants and support. However, an estimated three million pounds of organic, compostable campus waste is still finding its way to the landfill. MSU Recycling Center's Cayden Bunnell is working to change that.

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Protecting and preserving our shared water resources

Published: July 1, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of the Red Cedar River shoreline, with a waterways protection sign in the foreground.

An iconic symbol on campus, Michigan State University's Red Cedar River is one of the most beautiful waterways in mid-Michigan. As one of the distinguishing features of the university, it has a rich history of environmental importance with MSU and local communities. MSU's commitment to sustainability is driving department experts, committee members and even students to develop innovative measures that protect and preserve our shared water resources.

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Announcing MSU's 2015 Sustainability Fellows

Published: June 29, 2015
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MSU Sustainability is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 MSU Sustainability Fellows Program.

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Spartan Treasure Hunt: Coming soon to a building near you

Published: June 1, 2015
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A photo of treasure hunt participants using flashlights to inspect a ceiling.

In order to meet the goals of Michigan State's Energy Transition Plan, the university needs to closely examine its energy demand and identify opportunities for increased efficiencies. The Spartan Treasure Hunt is a way for Infrastructure Planning and Facilities to partner with building occupants to analyze MSU buildings and find opportunities for energy savings and system improvements.

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Summer crowds on campus fuel innovation for MSU Recycling

Published: June 1, 2015
Author(s): Grace Noyola, Sustainability student intern

A photo of an MSU Recycling Truck and employee unloading material.

For most Spartans, the summer is a deep breath of relaxation after a long school year. For Michigan State University's Recycling Center, that is simply not the case.

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Carly Giles: What it means to Be Spartan Green

Published: May 28, 2015
Author(s): Carly Giles, Sustainability student intern

A photo of MSU Sustainability's student intern Carly Giles standing outside of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building wearing her cap and gown.

I've been a media and communications assistant in MSU's Sustainability department for over a year now, and I can say this organization provides great experience to any student who gets the chance to be a part of it.

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MSU celebrates National Bike Month with campus events

Published: May 4, 2015
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An illustration that highlights the many benegits of biking, including: zero emissions, save money on gas, reduces stress, lessens noise pollution, feel like a kid again, burns calories, no insurance and no parking problems.

May is National Bike Month and MSU is celebrating with numerous campus events.

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Celebrating campus sustainability

Published: April 29, 2015
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A photo of RHS Planning and Projects Officer Diane Barker receiving an Outstanding Staff Member award from Sustainability Director Ann Erhardt and James Ives, Recycling Education Coordinator.

On April 22, MSU Sustainability celebrated the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at its 2015 Be Spartan Green Gala. The annual event recognizes Spartans who have made significant contributions to on-campus sustainability.

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New solar table provides eco-friendly workspace

Published: April 28, 2015
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The student group, Sustainable Spartans, gather around the newly installed solar picnic table.

On April 15, Michigan State University installed a solar-powered picnic table in the South Campus Courtyard, providing students with a sustainable location to charge electronic devices.

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MSU to stop burning coal at campus power plant

Published: April 8, 2015
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A photo showing one of MSU's solar arrays in the foreground with the power plant in the background.

In a move that will reduce emissions at its T.B. Simon Power Plant as well as significantly advance its Energy Transition Plan, Michigan State University is taking steps to stop burning coal by the end of 2016, with a majority of coal purchasing and burning ending in 2015.

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MSU'S energy future topic of webcast

Published: April 2, 2015
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon will host a live webcast, "A Conversation with President Simon about MSU's Energy Future," at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Lincoln Room of the MSU Kellogg Center.

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New bike repair stations encourage sustainable transportation

Published: April 1, 2015
Author(s): Carly Giles, Sustainability student intern

Cayden Bunnell, MSU Recycling Center employee adjusts his bicycle tire at one of the new campus bike repair stations.

Five new do-it-yourself bike repair stations are being installed on campus thanks to donations made by avid bikers, Rick Brown and Kathy Donahue-Brown. The repair stations encourage bicycling on campus by providing a place for cyclists to fix flats and make minor adjustments.

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MSU to provide funding for campus sustainability research

Published: March 13, 2015
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MSU's Sustainability department is now accepting applications for its Sustainability Fellows Program. The new program seeks to engage MSU faculty and graduate students in research opportunities that directly impact and advance sustainability on Michigan State's campus.

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Maximizing reuse and recycling opportunities at Michigan State University

Published: March 6, 2015
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Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three "Rs" that guide the MSU Surplus Store. The Surplus Store collects unwanted materials from the MSU community and makes them available for resale at low prices, usually to other MSU departments. Departments partnering with the Surplus Store, to sell or purchase items, save money and reduce the university’s overall environmental impact.

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MSU Participates in RecycleMania 2015

Published: February 2, 2015
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From February 1 to March 28, Michigan State University will compete in RecycleMania, an annual recycling competition between more than 400 colleges and universities across North America.

Over the course of the eight-week competition, students are encouraged to be on their greenest behavior because MSU's Sustainability department will be handing out prizes to students who are "caught green-handed".

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How to recycle on MSU's campus

Published: February 2, 2015
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Recycling is an essential component of keeping the planet sustainable. So, what can you recycle? Odds are, much more than you may have thought.

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Low-wattage heater options for personal comfort

Published: February 1, 2015
Author(s): Cathy Huddy, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

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During the cooler part of year, most campus spaces are heated to 70°F during building-occupied hours. However, because spaces at MSU vary greatly in age, construction and function, exceptions will occur.

If your space is consistently below 70°F, your first step is to call MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at (517) 353-1760 to determine the source of the problem.

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