|Written by Jackie Wolfinger|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:43|
April 22nd was Earth Day, and we celebrated by attending the Be Spartan Green Awards Ceremony on main campus! Our office achieved Green Certification this year, and we were presented with a certificate during the ceremony for our achievement.
Bird Sanctuary Animal Caretaker Lisa Duke accepting the certificate from Jennifer Battle, Campus Sustainability Director
During the ceremony, we also had the opportunity to hear Dr. Fred Poston speak. Dr. Poston is the former VP of Finance and Operation and is currently the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also the man who spearheaded environmental stewardship at MSU! Dr. Poston described some of the early projects that led to the campus sustainability program that is currently in place. It was also interesting to hear how hard the Office of Campus Sustainability has worked to include students, faculty, and staff in all of their projects.
So what does it mean to achieve Green Certification? Green Certification means that we are taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint! Some of the actions we take are easy things you can also do!
In our office, we turn the lights off in rooms that aren’t being used. At the end of the day, we turn off the computers and printer so they don’t continue to use energy all night. The staff here also shares a coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator instead of each having our own. We have two recycling stations for paper, cardboard, and plastic. When we serve coffee at a program, we bring out reusable mugs instead of Styrofoam cups for visitors to use. The Bird Sanctuary is also a part of Kellogg Biological Station’s Sustainability Committee! The committee strives to make a large impact on the amount of energy and resources consumed across the Biological Station. In other words, the Sanctuary is supportive of moving the entire Biological Station towards being “greener”!
Challenge yourself to find a new action you can take to reduce your environmentally footprint! For more suggestions, check out the Be Spartan Green Take Action page!