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Report Card 2011

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Mississippi State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Mississippi State University

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Endowment: $254 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Mississippi State, Mississippi


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

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Mississippi State University's Vision2020 plan outlines sustainability goals and objectives related to a variety of areas of campus life. The Environmental Collaborative Office Committee has worked to implement sustainability programs, including the creation of campus-wide building standards and development of a comprehensive recycling program. The university employs a full-time director of sustainability, and employees may contribute to on-campus sustainability efforts through the new ECO Paw program.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5 percent since 2006. Building energy consumption on campus has decreased since 2005 due to measures such as the installation of energy management systems, use of lighting sensors and energy-efficient lighting, and HVAC system upgrades. A geothermal field and solar array generate renewable energy on campus.
Dining services spends 29 percent of its food budget on local products, and purchases organic produce, dairy, seafood, and baked goods. All seafood served on campus meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines, and dining locations only serve fair trade coffee. Students receive discounts for using reusable dishware and mugs, and all meals served on campus are trayless. The university recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials and runs waste reduction initiatives during move-in and move-out periods.
MSU's master plan instructs all utilities projects to adhere to LEED standards. Water conservation measures include the installation of low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals. Thirty high-efficiency boilers provide heat to 35 of the largest campus buildings via an underground loop, and some buildings have dashboard displays that monitor carbon dioxide emissions levels.
The director of the environmental affairs division of the student government works with the university to implement sustainability programming and increase student awareness of environmental projects on campus. The Environmental Collaborative Office employs a student intern every semester.
Each year, the university's free shuttle system transports more than 500,000 riders around campus and to downtown Starkville. A bike rental program provides over 200 bikes to anyone on campus at no cost. The university recently 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 asset allocation, external managers, and mutual funds available at the investment office to the public. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns and is currently exploring endowment investment in renewable energy funds.
The foundation is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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