About sustainability at MSU

Established in 1855 as the nation’s pioneer land-grant university and Michigan’s first agricultural college, MSU was called upon to address growing areas of concern in the country: education, agriculture, infrastructure and science. Developing critical solutions like hybrid corn, the process for homogenization of milk and a cancer-saving drug, MSU’s history is rooted in public service and leadership in the areas of natural resources, stewardship and health.

Today, MSU’s 5,200 acre campus is still home to leading research, as well as cutting-edge technologies, award-winning programs and thousands of Spartans working to make a difference every day - addressing sustainability challenges across all disciplines. With dynamic facilities like the South Campus Anaerobic Digester, the Student Organic Farm and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, MSU continues to serve as a beacon for innovative leaders who want to use their educational experience to shape the solutions of tomorrow.

While the world faces bigger, more complex and increasingly urgent problems, Spartans are at the forefront of discovery, building on a foundation of strong core values to deliver high-impact results to the campus community and beyond. Guided by a powerful vision and mission, MSU strives to enable Spartans to conduct this important work on a campus that delivers on efficiency and innovation.



At MSU, sustainability advancement is a collaborative, ever-changing and adaptive process. Every student, faculty member and employee is responsible for driving innovative change to reduce impact and build a campus that sustains future generations of Spartans. Two of the university's six Bolder By Design imperatives, these fundamental concepts provide a framework for our actions, both individually and as a collective educational institution. 

  1. Strengthen stewardship by nurturing the university's financial assets, campus environment, infrastructure and people. 
  2. Advance our culture of high performance by elevating the quality and effectiveness of every product and process. 

Unified in our goal to a create a healthier, more sustainable tomorrow, we are adapting practices, uncovering efficiencies, piloting projects and using the classroom as a platform for sustainable discovery.