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Report Card 2008

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Mississippi State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Mississippi State University

School details:

Endowment: $287 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
Mississippi State University has no known policies relating to campus-wide sustainability initiatives.
The university hosts a 15-kilowatt photovoltaic array, owned and maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The array supplies 25,000 kilowatt-hours directly to the grid every year. The Resource Efficiency Plan makes recommendations about developing renewable sources of energy specifically for campus use, but this has not yet been achieved. Energy conservation tips are posted on the university’s website and a student energy committee has been proposed to develop student energy conservation initiatives.
The university’s dining services department does not offer any notable amount of local or organic foods. Recycling is overseen by the business management office, which maintains recycling bins.
According to the campus master plan, utility planning should use LEED standards as guidelines for building. A LEED team was formed in January 2007. The new agricultural and biological engineering building is being built following LEED guidelines and is projected to receive LEED certification when completed.
The campus is pedestrian-friendly, with limited vehicular access. It is the intention of the university that construction of new buildings intended for high-volume use will be built in the central campus area in order to keep the campus compact and reduce the need to commute.
The university makes neither its proxy voting records nor its list of endowment holdings public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is also exploring renewable energy investment funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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