Previously in the Green Grassroots Blog, a few student organizations from different colleges in the state of Michigan have been highlighted. This week, I bring to you yet another blog about students who are living sustainably.
This autumn, the phrase “Go Green!” has a whole new meaning for Michigan State University. The University Committee for a Sustainable Campus (UCSC), which began in 1999, is a grassroots effort of faculty, staff and students to make the university a more environmentally aware and proactive institution by infusing sustainability into its academic, research and operational missions.
Environmental Stewardship is just one of the many ways UCSC is achieving its goals. Environmental Stewardship is among the many programs that were implemented in 2005 by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon to move the institution from land-grant to world-grant by the year 2012.
“Instead of making a simple change to increase recycling or use less energy, the leaders of this initiative promised to be truly bold and make systemic changes in the way that we understood and addressed environmental stewardship,” according the MSU Web site.
There are a number of other ways UCSC is reaching its goals. They include:
- Communicating progress
- Initiating programming to educate students, faculty and staff on issues of sustainability
- Developing internal and external partnerships to advance sustainability
The Office of Campus Sustainability at MSU ultimately aims to provide leadership for reducing the university’s environmental impact as well as providing programming and resources for the campus to address greater issues of sustainability.
For more information on UCSC, please visit https://www.greeningdetroit.com/community/student-organizations/michigan-state-university/
Jennifer Griffin, Contributing Writer and Public Relations, GreeningDetroit.com
Jennifer is pursuing a degree in Journalism and English from Wayne State University, and she is also a Contributing Writer for The South End.