Michigan State is known for its “Go Green, Go White” chant, but the university is actually going green and it’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed.
The university offers many opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of things that contribute to sustainability, or the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
Michigan State sophomore Abigail Kuplicki started her journey at the Student Organic Farm a little over a year ago. The farm gives other students a chance to get involved, the same way that Kuplicki joined it.
“The student organic farm offers an organic farmer training program that trains students to be farmers here,” she said.
However, before the university can teach sustainability to meet the needs of this generation without compromising future generations, the director of sustainability’s team is on a mission to share the university’s success in a way that we can all understand.
“We’ve done a lot but we don’t talk about it in a comprehensive way so that people can understand and can embrace it with us,” said Amy Butler.
Butler was appointed to the director role over the summer, but her team is already making strides in East Lansing and beyond.
She recently accepted the 2018 Green Power Leadership Award on behalf of Michigan State. The award, presented by the EPA, recognizes the leading actions of organizations, programs and individuals that make noticeable efforts towards the development of green power sources.
The university was recognized for it’s solar powered car ports which is the largest system in the United States and operates an anaerobic digestion system that turns dairy farm and dining hall food waste into renewable energy.