Spartan Green Living Certification

Looking for ways to reduce your impact? Take it to the next level with the Spartan Green Living Certification. This program is designed by students for students to help Spartans embrace sustainable practices in their daily lives. Certification is open to any MSU student, whether living on or off campus. Get certified in 10 minutes or less.

October is Sustainability Month! To celebrate, students that complete the green living certification in October will be entered to win a free energy efficiency kit, including a smart charger, an LED lightbulb and more!

Intentional actions can make a big impact.

Take the Spartan Green Living Certification

Resources for the Spartan Green Living Certification


The Spartan Green Living Certification was developed by the 2020-2021 MSU Eco-Reps cohort and reviewed by the Student Sustainability Leadership Council. The pilot version of the program launched during the Spring 2021 semester.

Sustainable Packing List

Get a head start toward your Spartan Green Living Certification! Use the packing list and tips to move in sustainabily.

What to Bring:

  • LED or CFL light bulbs for any lamps you plan to bring
  • Power strips that will protect against energy consumption even when electronics are not in use
  • Bicycle, helmet, bike lock and lights (you can also pick up bike gear at the MSU Bikes Service Center or the MSU Surplus Store)
  • Reusable water bottle, cutlery, plates, napkins, bags, Tupperware, etc.
  • Energy Star certified electronics and appliances


  • Buy used items whenever possible. This will save you money and decrease your carbon footprint. Check local thrift stores, the MSU Surplus Store, or Freecycle for gently used furnishings available in the area. 
  • If purchasing new, buy items with recycled content and/or that are local or fair trade.
  • Pack with reusable containers such as laundry baskets and plastic bins.
  • If you must use cardboard boxes, you may be able to pick some up for free at a local store. You can turn your used boxes into a recycling station for your room. Save two boxes and use one for plastic and metal and one for mixed paper.