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University of Missouri–Columbia

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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: Patrick Margherio
Position (in student organization): Current Student Advisor and President during the 2008-2009 school year
Date survey submitted: July 20, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:  Sustain Mizzou
Number of active members: 70
Website: http://www.sustainmizzou.org
Date of last meeting: May 6, 2009
Frequency of meetings: Bi-weekly Meetings
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

Local Food Drive

Tiger Tailgate Recycling

Bike Initiatives

Outreach Table

Recycled Notebooks

Recycled T-Shirts

RecyclInk

Stream Team

Sustain Mizzou Community Garden

Sustain Mizzou Great Outdoors

Footprint Sustainability Magazine

Tiger Cage

State-wide Conference

Recycle Mountain
RecycleMania

Student Sustainability Fee


Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

Local Food Drive – Week long drive to raise donations so we can purchase food from local farmers and then donate that food to the Central Missouri Food Bank. In the past four years has raised a total of $10,684.22, which was all used to purchase the food.

Tiger Tailgate Reycling – At all MU home football games volunteers talk to tailgaters, educating them about recycling and handing out recycling bags to enable them to recycle. Both recycling bins around the stadium and the tailgator bags are picked up after the games. In the past four years TTR has collected 76 tons of recyclables, with the 2008 season totaling 20 tons in 6 games.

Bike Initiatives – We have partnered with an organization in Columbia whose mission is to increase bike awareness and safety in Columbia. With their help we host a Bike Fest every spring to educate people about biking and teach classes on bike maintenance and road safety. We also do lead bike rides around Columbia.

Outreach Table – Every Wednesday we host a table in the commons to promote our group and sell our Recycled Notebooks
Recycled Notebooks – Notebooks that we make out of computer paper that is used on one side that we bind in between cereal box covers. We sell them for $2 a piece as a fundraiser for the group.

Recycled T-Shirts – One of our best marketing campaigns, we make our own group T-Shirts by finding used yellow ones around Mizzou, turning them inside out, and painting the chasing arrows on the front and “Sustain Mizzou” on the back.

RecyclInk – We partnered with MU General Stores to expand their ink cartridge recycling program into the student side of campus. Our volunteers educate people about the possibility of recycling their cartridges and manage some of the smaller collection spots around campus.

Stream Team – Sustain Mizzou has its own Stream Team that manages a part of the Hinkson Creek that is just south of the Mizzou Arena. We have certified members in our club so we do water quality tests as well as tree plantings and cleanups along the river banks
Sustain Mizzou Community Garden – Sustain Mizzou has a donated plot of land in downtown Columbia where we teach and practice urban gardening. Additionally, this fall Sustain Mizzou will be teaching a hands-on Service Learning class called Sustainable Development in Downtown Columbia, MO (Environmental Studies 2150).  The class will use bike trailers to haul composting feedstock, taken from a dining hall on campus, to the community garden and will be establishing an ongoing experiment that looks at different organic soil treatments. 

Sustain Mizzou Great Outdoors – A project that focuses on Missouri’s natural environment by taking nature walks, camping trips, and floats across Missouri. We have a large education element attached to this project to help people learn more about nature and Missouri’s environment.

Footprint Sustainability Magazine – We put out a magazine once a semester that focuses on how students can be more sustainable in Columbia. This isn’t put out to convince people that sustainability is a good choice, but for those who want to do more of it.

Advocacy Work – One of the biggest aspects of Sustain Mizzou’s work is advocating to campus administrators that sustainability is a sound business choice. We do a lot of work educating and acting as resources to faculty, staff, and students on campus to better inform them about sustainability issues.

State-wide Conference – Sustain Mizzou planned and hosted the first annual SHOW-ME Sustainability Conference in March 2009 for all Missouri college students. Our goal was to connect with other students in Missouri, share ideas with each other, and take the knowledge we gain back to our respective campuses to increase sustainability across Missouri. We had have 10 workshops focusing on leadership and organizational development and sustainability issues at the campus and state levels. 35 students attended the conference from 8 different schools in Missouri.

Tiger Cage – In a partnership with Mizzou Athletics, GetAboutColumbia, and the Mizzou Wellness Resource Center, we have setup bike racks right next to the football stadium so that people have the option of biking to football games.

RecycleMountain – Each March Sustain Mizzou brings blocks of recycled material, donated by the City of Columbia, to the middle of campus and educates students about how much recyclable material is wasted in a landfill instead of being reused.

Student Sustainability Fee – Sustain Mizzou worked with members of the student government to draft and pass legislation calling for a referendum to adopt a $1 per student per semester sustainability fee. This fee will be used to fund eight student workers, two 20 hour per week positions and six 5 hour per week positions, to educate students about sustainability and work with the Sustainability Coordinator on general campus sustainability. The remainder of the fee will be used for funding sustainability initiatives and projects. Sustain Mizzou organized and ran the PR campaign on campus in the weeks leading up to the referendum and after the fee passed, with an 80% approval rating, members of the organization have been working with administrators to administer the fee.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: RecycleMania
Year initiated: 2005
Frequency of competition: Yearly
Participants: The University Residence Halls
Incentives: none
Goal of competition: Reduce waste and educate about recycling
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: Placed 13 th in the Guerrilla Category
Lasting effects of competition:
Website: recyclemania.org

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: This past February the student government officially sanctioned the MSA Sustainability Committee whose goal is to connect individual students and student groups to sustainability issues.

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

I co-authored, with two other students, the University of Missouri's proposal to the RMI-AASHE Accelerating Campus Climate Change Initiatives program. As a member of this program the University worked with RMI researchers and other campuses to address climate change barriers on college campuses. We worked to gather information from across campus departments to consolidate all the required information and to lobby our campus administration to sign off on the initiative.

After the University was accepted into the program I worked with another student to coordinate the RMI researchers visit to our campus in February. I then was one of three people, along with our Sustainability Coordinator and a campus Energy Management staff person, to attend a workshop held by RMI to facilitate discussion around climate change barriers. I currently am working to apply for the grant funding made available at the end of this program.


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:  

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):  
We are not directly affiliated with any national networks but we have on occasion worked with the Sierra Student Coalition, Green Corps, and the Missouri Student Environmental Coalition.


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Name:  Lauren Hasler
Position (in student organization):  President
Date survey submitted:  July 20, 2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: Greeks Going Green
Number of active members: 43
Website: n/a
Date of last meeting: May 5, 2009
Frequency of meetings: 1/month
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: recycling in more than 20 Greek houses
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: only 4 houses remain without recycling

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No
[X]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: Greeks Going Green Sustainability Cup
Year initiated: 2009
Frequency of competition: 1/year
Participants: 50 Greek Chapters
Incentives: Large trophy
Goal of competition: To be the most sustainable Greek house each year (recycling, energy conservation, etc)
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 
Lasting effects of competition: The Greek population at the University of Missouri constitutes 25% of our student population. By getting sustainability into the consciousness of such a large number of students, we can make a big impact on campus.
Website:  www.mugreeklife.com

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: A Sustainability Committee was created in February 2009. The committee is an umbrella organization, bringing together the various environmental organizations on campus.

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

Last fall, we initiated a recycling program during Homecoming. Mizzou has the largest student-run homecoming in the nation, and as such, produces a lot of waste. We encouraged Greek chapters to donate life-size cartoon characters to local elementary schools. About 20 characters were kept out of the dumpsters and put in the classroom.

Greeks Going Green and Grade Genie organized a notebook recycling program at the end of Fall Semester 2008. Greek students were asked to put old notebooks in recycling boxes. Two truck loads of paper was recycled.

Greeks Going Green also assisted with the planning of Blackout Mizzou, a campus wide blackout based on Earth Hour. For one hour at the beginning of April, students were encouraged to turn off their lights and refrain from using electricity to promote energy conservation. 

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:   

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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Name: John Gardner
Position (in student organization):   President
Date survey submitted:

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization:  Environmental Science Club
Number of active members:  9
Website: https://blackboard.missouri.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab=community&url=%2Fbin%2Fcommon%2Fcourse.pl%3Fcourse_id%3D_6294_1
Date of last meeting: April 26 th , 2009
Frequency of meetings: biweekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

 The purpose of Environmental Science Club is to develop students as professionals in the environmental science field and raise awareness of science-related issues that concern soil, air and water. Since August 2008, Environmental Science Club has primarily focused on water quality issues in local watersheds that encompass a majority of the campus. In the fall of 2008, the organization hosted water quality week to raise awareness of local and global water issues. Environmental Science club has conducted several Missouri Stream Team events that include clearing trash and biological monitoring. Furthermore, the organization has implemented a storm water monitoring project for the Hinkson Creek. The Hinkson creek is a degraded waterway and receives runoff from campus as well as the community.

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

 The storm water monitoring project received a $25,000 grant from the Interdisciplinary Innovations Fund at the University of Missouri. The grant will be used to purchase real time water quality monitoring and microclimate monitoring equipment. A website will be created to project the data and engage the public in environmental monitoring.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[ x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Participants:
Incentives:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website:

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:
The Missouri Students Association (MSA), the student governmental body, has a sustainability advisor position as well as the MSA Sustainability Committee. The Committee was more recently created and is composed of leaders from the various sustainability-related organizations as well as other students.


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

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:  

 Sustain Mizzou. http://students.missouri.edu/~sustainmizzou/

            Sustain Mizzou is the largest sustainability organization that seeks to create a

            sustainable way of life at MU through public education, local action and

            advocacy.

Greeks Going Green       

Emerging Green Builders

Weatherization Mizzou

Tigers for Tigers

MSA Sustainability Committee

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):  

 

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Name: Megan Nordhues
Position (in student organization): President

Date survey submitted: July 9, 2009

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

Name of organization: Weatherization Mizzou
Number of active members: 15
Website: http://www.lifesizeusersgroup.com/jmk2n5/
Date of last meeting: 5/15/09
Frequency of meetings: Monthly during the school year
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Weatherization Mizzou became an ORG at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: We continued installations of donated weatherization material around Columbia and we became recognized as a student ORG.


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

[ X ]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition:
Year initiated:
Frequency of competition:
Participants:
Incentives:
Goal of competition:
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:
Lasting effects of competition:
Website:

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: Two members of Weatherization Mizzou sit on the MSA Sustainability Committee.


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

In the Fall of 2008, Weatherization Mizzou made two installations to twenty-nine homes in Columbia.  We target families that live in poverty and install weatherization materials such as window plastic, compact fluorescent light bulbs, window and door caulking, fiberglass water-heater blankets, and weather stripping.  The home is also observed for clear air vents around refrigerators and any obvious deficits around the home.  If problems are found, we relay the information to Central Missouri Community Action for further assistance. 

In April 2009, Weatherization Mizzou participated in Caring 4 Columbia, a city wide student volunteer day created to serve our city.  Our organization delivered information to fifty Columbia homes regarding ways to make homes more energy efficient and to reduce the cost of energy bills.  Also included were donated compact fluorescent light bulbs and outlet/switch covers used to insulate the homes.

 

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:  

Sustain Mizzou is an organization at the University of Missouri that promotes sustainability campus-wide.  Student volunteers educate and work to uphold a healthy environment.  The Sustain Mizzou president is Emily Albertson, Their website is http://students.missouri.edu/~sustainmizzou/cms/ .  

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):  

Central Missouri Community Action

Columbia Water & Light

The Boone County Council on Aging

 

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Name:  Laurie Carson
Position (in student organization):  President
Date survey submitted: 6/16/2009

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

Name of organization: Emerging Green Builders
Number of active members: 20
Website: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=116
Date of last meeting: 04/28/2009
Frequency of meetings: Once a month
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Educating students, mainly in the Architecture program, about current green building strategies and also experiencing buildings that have been successful in sustainable design.  By visiting any local companies that are making an impact in this field, we, as the next generation become educated at an early age and can continue to make a difference.
Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Trips are more frequent and plans are already in the works for traveling to Phoenix in the fall for GreenBuild.  The students have learned a lot and their school projects are reflecting sustainable designs.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No

[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.
#1 - Name of competition: Solar Decathlon
Year initiated: 2007
Frequency of competition:  Every 2 years
Participants: 20 college teams from all over the world
Incentives:
Goal of competition: To place in the top 10, which would be better than University of S&T has ever done.
Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: The house is built to be a Zero Energy home, meaning the house creates as much energy as it uses. 
Lasting effects of competition: After the competition, this house will be located in Rolla in their Solar Village with the previous competition houses, where someone will live there.  The information of this energy problem and how to solve it in practical terms will stay in the student’s head s and give them the knowledge to design and build Zero Energy homes in the future.
Website: http://www.solardecathlon.org/about.html


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

[ x ]  No -- But we are trying to get more involved on campus in the upcoming year
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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

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:  

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):  

USGBC- United States Green Building Council

 

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