Report highlights MSU’s energy-saving, recycling successes

Contact: Tom Oswald, Media Communications: (517) 432-0920, cell (517) 281-7129,

Oct 25, 2013

Michigan State University just keeps getting greener.

At the Oct. 25 MSU Board of Trustees meeting, the Office of Campus Sustainability presented its 2013 report, which noted a number of milestones reached this past year, including:

  • An increase in on-campus recycling of 60 percent since 2008
  • A 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2010
  • A 53 percent reduction in coal use in the MSU Power Plant since 2010

The report also updated the campus community on the status of the Energy Transition Plan, a blueprint that is guiding MSU’s future energy decisions; gave additional information on the Global Water Initiative; and highlighted the academic side of sustainability – MSU currently offers 425 sustainability-focused or related courses.

And, in keeping with MSU’s sustainability efforts, the report is online at