MSU Celebrates Campus Sustainability Week
Click thru to see photos of 'be green' facilities. Opened in 2009, MSU’s Surplus Store and Recycling Center is the hub of MSU’s sustainability efforts. Image by MSU Today
MSU’s recently opened South Campus Anaerobic Digester will utilize about 17,000 tons of organic waste to generate 2.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Image by G.L. Kohuth.
MSU’s Surplus Store and Recycling Center was the first MSU building to earn gold LEED certification. One of the facility’s many sustainable features is solar panels, which produce about 10 percent of the building’s electricity. Image by MSU Today
Michigan State University will highlight many of its energy-saving and recycling success stories when it hosts Campus Sustainability Week Oct. 21-25.
Among the highlights of the week: Tours of the Student Organic Farm, MSU’s green roofs and the Bailey Greenhouse and urban farms.
There also will be a tour of MSU’s Brody Complex which will focus on its sustainability efforts, including the food pulper, its partnership with the Student Organic Farm, and the utilization of locally grown food.
In addition, a series of town hall meetings will be held to update the MSU community on the status of the Energy Transition Plan. Adopted by the MSU Board of Trustees in April 2012, the plan serves as a guide to the university’s future energy decisions.
Three meetings will be held:
- Noon on Oct. 22 in the Surplus and Recycling Education Center
- 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Road, East Lansing
- 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in Room 147 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.bespartangreen.msu.edu/sustainweek.html.
MSU is a national leader in sustainability efforts. Since 2010, the university has reduced total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent, and since 2008 has increased recycling by 60 percent.
More information on MSU sustainability efforts is available at www.bespartangreen.msu.edu.
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