Campus sustainability services and departments


MSU Recycling

Michigan State University diverts thousands of tons of material from entering landfills annually through comprehensive waste collection, processing and disposal services.

MSU Surplus Store

Michigan State University's Surplus Store diverts usable materials from the landfill by providing an opportunity for campus departments and the public to purchase quality items for a bargain.

MSU Bikes

The MSU Bikes Service Center offers a range of services for individuals or departments looking to rent, repair, buy or equip a bike.

RHS Sustainability

The sustainability efforts within MSU's Residential and Hospitality Services are focused on increasing awareness and driving behavior change, with the ultimate goal of environmental stewardship in mind.

  • Find out how MSU RHS is reducing the impact of on-campus living, dining and events.

    MSU is committed to supporting a sustainable and healthy food system. Food comes to campus in a variety of ways, but the most influential factor in the university food system is Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS). RHS is working to reduce the university’s environmental footprint and close the loop on a sustainable food cycle through programs and partnerships. RHS Sustainability  strives to make increasingly responsible choices in food service sourcing.

    Composting, or speeding up the decomposition process of organic materials, is an essential practice for the university because it closes the campus food cycle loop. Currently, compost at MSU is produced via:

    • Anaerobic digesting: The South Campus Anaerobic Digester converts organic waste from MSU’s farms and dining halls into methane gas. The methane, a renewable energy source, is used to produce electricity for some of the buildings on MSU’s south campus. Solid materials that are left over after digestion are used in compost mixtures.
    • Traditional “hot” composting: Pre-consumer food waste is gathered from the dining halls on campus and transported to the Student Organic Farm for traditional composting.
    • Vermicomposting: Worms digest food scraps and turn the material into worm castings, which are full of nutrients and micro-organisms that are beneficial for growing plants.
    If you are interested in composting on campus, MSU Recycling’s Compost Club is an organic waste management service provided to on-campus departments.

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities is the department responsible for the building and maintenance of MSU’s campus, and MSU has always been built with sustainability in mind.

MSU Extension

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses.

MSU Water

Water is a vital resource within any community, and MSU enlists a range of tactics to ensure our water resources are clean and accessible for all.

MSU Purchasing

Michigan State University works with vendors to determine how their products and services can best meet MSU’s environmental stewardship commitment.

  • Learn about MSU University Services’ commitment to sustainable procurement.
    MSU encourages its vendors to use environmentally-friendly packaging and processes. When possible, MSU asks that vendors utilize sustainable or recyclable packaging materials. For example, loose packing material made from cornstarch or similar material, where practical, is preferred. Additionally, purchasing locally-grown food and locally-manufactured products lessens the impact on the environment and better sustains a healthy local economy. By reducing the distance between the farm or manufacturer and the market or consumer, the cost of transportation and pollution caused by transportation is substantially minimized. The university has also made local purchasing a priority in new building construction and major remodeling projects by using material extracted, processed and manufactured in the region. These partnerships connect MSU with the greater Michigan community and allows the institution to positively impact the local economy.

Transportation Services and Partnerships

With a spacious campus spanning 5,200 acres, the importance of reducing MSU's carbon footprint through use and promotion of green transportation cannot be overstated.

MSU's Campus Mobility Planning

Mobility on MSU’s campus is complex and dynamic. Daily students, faculty, staff, visitors move across campus driving cars, scooters, parking, riding public and private buses, biking, walking. This planning will work to develop a robust campus mobility plan that connects current initiatives, engages stakeholders, builds on the Campus Land Use Master Plan, and provides the framework to improve campus mobility for all.