In January, the OCS submitted MSUM's sustainability performance report to STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The system looks at a variety of areas including recycling and sustainability-based classes. Efforts to become a greener school have been in the works for sometime, and now there's some recognition behind the hard work. One of the results of the collaborative efforts campus-wide is a 20% reduction in our carbon footprint.
View highlights of the STARS report.View the full report.
The mission of the Office of Campus Sustainability is to exist as the campus hub for environmental sustainability. Its goal is to raise awareness about environmental impact of our institution, including efforts to lessen that impact. It aims to foster the wise use of resources while enriching the student experience along the way. The Office brings sustainability down to earth in a way that gives each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to leave our campus cleaner than we found it. Additionally, the OCS would like to express appreciation for all of the sustainable efforts made around campus by both students and staff. We would also like to recognize Jeff Goebel for his exemplary improvements around campus to help reduce energy waste and improve efficiency while increasing sustainability here at MSUM. View the current edition of our newsletter for insight on our STARS recognition, climate change, who's interning in the office this Spring, and plans for a busy semester of events!January/February 2014 Issue of Dragon Greenwire.
MSUM is a proud member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. All MSUM students, faculty, and staff have free access to members-only resources by clicking here and registering an account.
As a part of AASHE, we are conducting a sustainability assessment through The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS, developed by the AASHE, is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. AASHE acknowledges leaders in the advancement of sustainability by providing invaluable resources, with broad participation from diverse representatives of the higher education community.