The more time we spend at MSU, the more we notice the steps our campus has taken to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. Aside from the “Lights Off!” stickers and recycling centers within the residence and lecture halls, MSU has made moves to not only improve students’ quality of life, but the planet’s too!
Recycling Center Drop Off
In case you weren’t aware, MSU has a recycling center. And guess what? They also have a public drop off too! This is an amazing resource for students and residents alike that don’t have recycling available to them if they live off campus. If you want to recycle your materials, but don’t have recycling available to you, stop on by the drop-off. Here is an article which highlights some other great features of this resource.
MSU Powerplant is 100% Coal-Free
Since 2016, our MSU Powerplant has completely stopped using coal! The plant now uses natural gas. While not perfect, natural gas has about 32.4 fewer CO2 emissions than coal. Based on the amount of energy produced from the plant each year, this is equivalent to planting 500,000 trees a year! Going coal-free is all part of MSU’s Energy Transition Plan, which hopes to see campus run on 100% renewable energy one day. Here is an article for more information about the plant and its future energy plans.
New Solar Parking Lots
One recent and exciting addition we’ve seen on campus is the addition of solar panels to a few parking lots here on campus. Also, as part of the MSU Energy Initiative, these solar panels are now able to harness sunlight and turn it into approximately 5% of MSU’s power per year! These new panels were installed with locally sourced labor and are able to partially protect cars from the elements. Now we not only have parking lots that help protect your car, but make energy for MSU too! Here is more information about the project.
Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm
The Bailey Greenhouse is located within Brody neighborhood for the students in the living and learning community RISE. The greenhouse is run on passive solar power and produces crops all year long. Compost made from food waste of the Brody Cafeteria is used to grow different herbs, vegetables, flowers, plants and fruits. You can even drink tea at the Kellogg Center made from students in conjunction with the Bailey Tea Project. This small urban farm is not only a great opportunity to learn more about urban farming, but a great way for MSU students to learn more about their role within food production and the environment. For more information on RISE or the greenhouse, click here.
These are just a few of the great sustainable things that MSU is doing on campus. What else would you like to see happen on-campus? Do you have any ideas on how to make it more sustainable for the future?