What is sustainability?
Here at Missouri State University, we use the definiton that was published in the 1987 report by the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission):
Discover how MSU is advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability. Some of our initiatives include:
- The Student Sustainability Fund that provides nearly $150,000 dedicated to sustainability projects on campus.
- The MSU Campus Garden, which is managed by students and provides all-natural produce to students, faculty, staff and community members.
- The Sustainability Minor, an interdisciplenary program that allows students to expand their knowledge on sustainability topics and compete in this growing field.
- The Hydration Stations located across campus, which have collectively save nearly 3 million water bottles from being used and sent to the landfill.
Check out our Sustainability Brochure for more information about our sustainability programs and initiatives on campus.
Transportation accounts for roughly 30% of the carbon footprint for Americans! It is estimated that you can lower your environmental footprint by 20% by not owning or driving a car! Learn how to reduce your transportation footprint on campus.
Sustainability literacy is essential to a sustainable future. Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility: both in our personal and professional lives. Become a sustainable citizen by expanding your knowledge with these sustainability education programs.
In 2009, students voted to implement a $2 per semester fee to go towards sustainability initiatives on campus. These funds are then matched by the University up to $75,000 each academic year. The Student Sustainability fund is to be used solely by students for students.
The Green Teams program gives Missouri State University employees an opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of their office or department and the campus as a whole. Learn more about this program, see a list of existing Green Teams or find out how to create a team.
Missouri State University is committed to environmental sustainability and stewardship.
With the application of Earth-friendly technology and practices, research projects and responsible development planning, we will strive to work for a better tomorrow. Through education and community outreach, we will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be environmentally responsible citizens and consider the global ramifications of their actions and the actions of others around them.
MSU Sustainability Journal - podcast about the Energy Dashboard and the launch of Green Teams on MSU's Campus!