RHS Sustainability Vision Statement:

Ensuring MSU's long-term sustainability through innovative and balanced strategies that support stewardship, fiscal responsibility and partnership.

1.      Energy Conservation Strategies – Electricity, GHG, Steam, Emissions from Transportation

  • Assist in the implementation of MSU’s Energy Transition Plan and in meeting goals
  • Be a role model and encourage behavior change and education around energy use
  • Ensure energy conservation measures are practiced and that applicable standards, policies, metrics and assessments are in place as changes are made
  • Assist with commissioning and retro-commissioning processes, being mindful of fiscal responsibility and follow up
  • Look for opportunities in renovations for sustainability impacts in regards to energy use
  • Review RHS’ divisional vehicle use and truck deliveries, consider conservation strategies

2.      Water Conservation Strategies

  • As we renovate, consider and support conservation strategies for low flow fixtures, sub-metering dining areas and water-conserving equipment
  • Be aware of renovations and sustainability impacts in regards to water use
  • Consider how water use affects energy use

3.       Food Waste Strategies

  • Assist with closing the food loop and be cognizant of how food waste ties into energy
  • Support efforts to reduce food waste, reduce food cost, review portion control, increase education and other tactics
  • Review cost impacts of controlling food waste
  • Implement and monitor trayless dining at The Vista at Shaw and Heritage Commons at Landon; encourage trayless in other venues

4.      Sustainable Procurement Strategies

  • Increase local/regional purchasing strategies when fiscally able and available
  • Know where our food and other products come from and how they are manufactured
  • Track what our vendors do related to sustainability and recognize impacts, track and monitor
  • Be knowledgeable of sustainable certifications and standards such as LEED, Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship, Certified Organic, Energy Star, Water Sense, etc.

5.      Connecting Sustainability, Education, Research

  • Be knowledgeable of how RHS partners with education and research: RHS/ RISE/ SOF collaboration with the Bailey Greenhouse, MSU’s Anaerobic Digester and food waste, Spartan Engineering, MSU Beef, MSU Poultry, MSU Research and Student Grant Opportunities
  • Look for potential research opportunities that help conserve resources and improve sustainability
  • Continue to develop a living and learning laboratory for RHS and MSU around sustainability
  • Help by letting others know what RHS and MSU are doing in the area of sustainability

6.      Material Diversion

  • Implement MSU’s Standard Operating Practices (SOPs) for recycling and reuse
  • Ensure recycling and reuse practices are in place and look for opportunities for expansion
  • Participate and promote special event recycling initiatives
  • Study processes to increase repurposing of salvaged furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • Strive to achieve a 70 percent landfill diversion rate by 2017 (MSU goal)

7.      Social Responsibility

  • RHS is committed to supporting education and decision-making in settings outside of the classroom in which residential and community members embrace and practice sustainability by exploring the complex interactions between people and the environment
  • Sustainability is a core value of MSU and RHS; RHS employees are expected to model behaviors that embrace sustainability and assist in educating those that do not know what we do