With an average of only 174 sunny days every year and many months of cold weather, East Lansing, Michigan may seem like an unlikely hub for solar energy research. However, MSU’s commitment to sustainability is driving university researchers to uncover clean energy solutions, no matter the difficulty.
As one of the nation’s major hubs for automotive and manufacturing industry, the Great Lakes region has a long legacy of urban construction, structural neglect and demolition of abandoned buildings—a damaging cycle that Michigan State University is addressing both on campus and across the state.
Behind the many Spartans who are researching solutions for the world's most pressing challenges are cutting-edge facilities that provide a platform for discovery. At Michigan State University, ensuring the excellence of those facilities is just as important as the work they support.
At Michigan State University, plastic water bottles account for a large amount of campus waste, yet it is estimated that only 25 percent of the nearly three million water bottles on campus make their way to MSU’s Recycling Center each year. To uncover areas for improvement and to better understand water consumption on campus, graduate students Cheng-Hua Liu, Melissa Rojas-Downing and Zhenci Xu partnered with MSU Sustainability to conduct a research survey that measured water usage and preference of the MSU community.
I came to Michigan State University with one goal: to learn how to make an impact on the environment with my writing. I wasn't sure how, but nonetheless I wanted my experience here to prepare me for a future in both the arts and the sciences. As a transfer student pursuing a career in writing and communication, already a full academic year ahead in school, I was fearful it was even possible to fulfill my hopes in only two years. Thankfully, MSU did not share my doubts.