by KVRR Newsroom
January 21, 2014

MSUM is being recognized for its efforts to go green.

The university is being awarded a silver ranking in the “Sustainability Tracking and Rating System” … or STARS.

The system looks at all sorts of areas including the school’s carbon footprint, recycling, and sustainability based classes.

“People that have grown up in the area have always known MSUM to be kind of a more green school…or maybe a more liberal school if you will. And now it’s great that we’re able to put some recognition behind our efforts,” said the school’s sustainability coordinator Joe Herbst.

“It’s kind of like we’re just pioneering the way for other schools, leading the way, setting a really good example. I’d like other schools to get on board with this. Sustainability is really important,” said MSUM’s student recycling service manager Brian Peck.

University officials say they have decreased their carbon footprint by 20% in the past four years.

They say the next biggest area they will focus on is transportation sustainability.