Be Spartan Green: Sustainability at MSU

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Environmental stewardship initiatives within the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services are part of MSU's larger program, and are focused on increasing awareness and driving behavior change with the ultimate goals of reducing greenhouse emissions, reducing energy consumption and conserving water.

There are many ways Spartans can reduce their carbon footprint. Check out the information below to help you be Spartan Green!

GET INVOLVED

Check out the MSU Sustainability website and learn about on-campus resources, tips and tricks, and ways to get involved at sustainability.msu.edu.

SPARTANS RECYCLE

MSU has its own recycling plant and public drop-off center that offers an extensive recycling program throughout campus. There are recycling stations in each residence hall for all paper, plastic and glass. MSU’s recycling program helps divert over 5.5 million pounds of material from landfills each year. Check out the MSU Recycling Centers website at recycling.msu.edu.

TRAYLESS DINING

Dining halls are set up to provide the option to go trayless. Trayless dining helps reduce food waste and water waste and saves energy.

PLASTIC BAG BAN

Campus retail locations such as Sparty’s, Sparty’s Market and Starbucks no longer use plastic bags. Remember to bring reusable bags if you’re planning to stock up at these locations.

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

Your Be Spartan Green reusable water bottle can be refilled at any water station around campus. Check out the campus map for water bottle filling stations around campus.

ACCESSIBLE BIKE RACKS

Riding a bike to class is a healthy choice and also reduces air pollution throughout campus. Check out the ASMSU Bike Share Program at asmsu.msu.edu.

ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

The CATA on-campus bus service is free to all students. There are stops scattered throughout campus and near each residence hall for students convenience. Public transit reduces pollution.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

MSU’s goal is to uncover cleaner, more renewable energy sources and integrate leading practices into all operations. Students can conserve resources by taking shorter showers, turning off lights and unplugging appliances. Learn more about energy conservation at ipf.msu.edu

COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY

Residence halls are within close proximity to the East Lansing community, providing residents with access to restaurants, fitness centers, medical facilities and other basic community services.

FIND YOUR PASSION

Become an Eco Rep, and serve as an ambassador for sustainability! Eco Reps encourage environmentally responsible behaviors among peers through education and awareness-building activities.

Questions about Campus Sustainability? Contact:

Carla Iansiti, Residential and Hospitality Services Sustainability Officer

517-884-0626, sustainability@rhs.msu.edu

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