Choose Environmental Excellence shows commitment to sustainability
The Twelfth Annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards were presented April 20 at a luncheon held at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce as a part of Springfield’s Earth Day festivities. Eleven organizations presented awards this year, including two from Missouri State University.
Missouri State University Sustainability Advisory Committee recognized efforts demonstrating a sustained commitment to environmental excellence, programming that makes an impact on environmental excellence and outcomes that indicate that the award winner is making a difference. Co-chair, Ken McClure, vice president for administrative and information services, made the presentation.
The Missouri State University Student Government Association was recognized with the Missouri State University Sustainability Award. SGA has exhibited a sustained commitment to environmental excellence, programming that makes an impact on environmental excellence and outcomes that indicate that their efforts are making a difference. Examples of their commitment include: supporting and passing the 2009 student vote of a $3/semester fee to fund sustainability projects on campus and subsequent use of those funds for the baseline sustainability survey, completed in the Spring of 2011, whereby MSU earned the Bronze STAR rating via the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (AASHE STARS). Other projects funded by the fee included enhancing recycling efforts on campus by hiring student workers and purchasing an electric service vehicle. A successful campus garden project, water conservation kits for the university residence halls, installation of water fountains to re-fill plastic drinking water bottles and the purchase of additional bike racks are examples of some of their projects.