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Report Card 2010

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Mississippi State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Mississippi State University

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Endowment: $254 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi

Enrollment: 14,400

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


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

Overall grade  
C +
Mississippi State University is partnering with a sustainability firm to update its master and strategic plans. The Environmental Collaborative Office employs a full-time director and maintains a green initiatives website. An environmental purchasing guide will require energy-efficient appliances and green cleaning materials.
MSU is in the process of completing a greenhouse gas inventory. Two buildings are heated and cooled by geothermal wells, and a 15-kilowatt canopy of solar electric cells covers a sidewalk overhang. MSU is installing energy management systems in four to seven buildings per year and automatically performs temperature setbacks during nights and weekends.
Hormone-free dairy products are produced on campus. Reusable to-go containers will be issued to meal plan holders in fall 2009, and biodegradable to-go containers are available in dining facilities. Two residential dining halls have gone trayless to reduce waste. The campus recycles aluminum, paper, cardboard, and some plastics.
The university's master plan instructs all utilities projects to adhere to LEED standards. A policy requiring LEED Silver for all campus construction is currently being developed. Over the past few years, the university has utilized sustainable design concepts in campus planning. Though not LEED-certified, the school has many new facilities that demonstrate these concepts.
The student government has a cabinet position specifically dedicated to environmental affairs and sustainability. A student-led recycling club works on improving the campus's recycling program, and the group Green Starkville works with the local community to promote sustainable living practices.
MSU Transit offers a free shuttle to on- and off-campus locations. A free bicycle-sharing program features 100 bikes, and the university has added a lit bike path that runs through the campus and into the city of Starkville.
The Mississippi State University Foundation makes a list of external managers and mutual funds available to the public upon request. The foundation does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The vast majority of the MSU Foundation's endowment is invested in mutual funds, but for the remaining funds, the foundation asks its investment managers to handle the details of proxy voting.
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