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Michigan State University

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.


Name: Ellen Bornhorst
Position (in student organization): Co-president (2008-09 school year), ECO
Date survey submitted: 7/31/09

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: ECO, Michigan State's student sustainability organization
Number of active members: around 50
Website: https://www.msu.edu/~eco/
Date of last meeting: end of April
Frequency of meetings: once a week during the semester
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: water issues throughout the world (quality, access, bottled water, etc.), lobbying, better enivornomental awareness in the community in general
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: had several events for the water issues such as showing a documentary, having a water taste test around campus, passing out fliers about water issues and the great lakes water compact, brought a group of students from MSU to powershift, a michigan environmental summit (MSSC)

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
In the past, our group has organized challenges, but only did one this year. Someone that is in ECO organized a challenge, but it was affliated with a different environmental group on campus.
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: Water challenge
Year initiated: 2009
Frequency of competition: one time event
Participants: any one who volunteered that we talked to on the sidewalk
Incentives: good feeling of making an impact to help the environment
Goal of competition: do reduce water usage through personal commitment to take a shorter shower that day
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: don't know
Lasting effects of competition: reach out to the community and inform people of water issues and potential change their water use behaviors in the long term

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:   showed planet earth series and had professors lead discussions after an episode, taught environmental awareness to local children on Earth day, had an event focussed on environmentalism and feminism, participated in a river clean on campus, particpated in collecting recycleables at a football game

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:   Bauer Co-op, Student greenhouse project, Student organic farm, Fisheries and Wildlife club, be spartan green environmental stewardship, Students for economic justice

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):   Energy action coalition and campus climate challenge, power vote/powershift, sierra club, other groups on campus


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