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Mississippi State University

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Name: Blake Jeter

Position: President, MSU Student Association

Date survey submitted: July 21, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: The Student Association

Number of active members: 250+

Website: www.sa.msstate.edu

Date of last meeting: April 20, 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: The Student Association devoted a Cabinet position specifically to environmental affairs and sustainability. The Co-Directors of Environmental Affairs is evaluating all aspects of the SA’s endeavors to make them more environmentally friendly.

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: The Student Association runs through an enormous amount of paper, so the Co-Directors have designated areas for paper recycling already. This effort has already had a tremendous impact. They consulted with our Executive Secretary before buying supplies with the end-of--the-year budget to make sure the supplies were most effectively selected based on environmental standards.

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ x]  No (But, we are planning many for the Fall)

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:

Yes, the President of the Student Association has a Cabinet that serves the interests of all areas of campus. It is essentially the programming arm of the Student Association. This year’s Cabinet includes a Committee on Environmental Affairs. The purpose of the committee is to be responsible for fostering new programs on sustainability on campus and inside the Student Association. The purpose is to also collaborate with the MSU Recycling Club and the Residence Halls on improving communication and individual programs dedicated to sustainability and the environment. There are Co-Directors of the committee who will lead a committee of 15 students.

           

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

The Student Association has and will continue to support the MSU Recycling Club’s efforts in Recycle Mania. We appropriated over $1,000 to the effort to help reward the winners of the effort as well the purchasing of bins. Establishing a benchmark was an important step that the Student Association was pleased to be able to be a part.

We also helped promote the Earth Day Fair and events that surrounded our President signing the Presidents Climate Commitment.

 

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: 

Mississippi State University Recycling Club- The purpose is to provide information and specified areas for the recycling of paper, plastic, and aluminum. It is also to provide recycling practices on our college campus and to inform students of the objective benefits of recycling.

Bully Bikes- This is campus-wide bike sharing program that was initiated inside of Student Affairs to promote less driving and more biking. A fleet of 100+ bikes are used by all students to get to and from class. Contact: Mike Harris.

 

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):  

N/A

 

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