Fun Green Facts about JSU

Did You Know?

  1. JSU was designated a “Tree Campus” in 2006;
  2. Installation of light motion sensors in all new constructions;
  3. Campus light efficiency project;
  4. Use of solar panels for emergency call stations;
  5. All academic building have recycling bins;
  6. Charging docks for hybrids at the Transportation Center building; and
  7. JSU – Payroll requires direct deposit to eliminate the printing of paper checks.
  8. School of Engineering:

    • Was Mississippi's first state-funded construction designated as a LEED certified project;
    • Is environmental friendly and recycled materials were used in the construction;
    • Houses a storm water management system that captures rainwater in underground wells and recycles it for landscaping uses;
    • Maximizes the use of natural light in classrooms; and
    • All rooms have installed light sensors.
  9. JSU has sponsored community gardens in the Washington Addition neighborhood since 2010 using staff and students to work with the community. Our efforts was recognized in the American Planning Association magazine.

 

We Need Your Help!

Please join the JSU Sustainable Campus committee to help us develop the following activities during FY 2014-15:

Faculty, staff, and students involvement

  1. Apply for the EPA – Environmental Education (EE) Regional Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues; improve skills to make informed environmental decisions; and take responsible actions toward the environment;
  2. Create a “Going Green” marketing campaign campus-wide (recycling, saving energy, etc.);
  3. Become a paperless university. Existing activities to reduce waste include:

    • iPad initiative reduced the number of paper textbooks used;
    • electronic payroll (elimination of paper checks); and
    • utilizing reusable plates, cups, and silverware for dining services.
  4. Repair the University’s greenhouse to encourage more foliage and fresh flowers around campus.
  5. Encourage faculty and staff to use BPA-free water bottles to reduce the number of bottle water; and
  6. Perform a sustainability/utility audit for each building.

 

Community Involvement

  1. In collaboration with the community and JSU – Center for University-Based Development design a urban farm. The primary goal is to continue planting community gardens that will provide fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income families. The West Jackson community was designated a food desert by USDA;
  2. Determine the feasibility of creating a biodiesel facility in the community, which will aid in job creation and livable wages for neighborhood residents.
  3. Continue community service “green” projects with students, such as distributing energy-efficient light bulbs to low-income residents in West Jackson; and
  4. Continue to promote JSU’s WESToration Initiative.  The housing program will enable new or existing homeowners to preserve or rehabilitate older and abandoned houses in West Jackson by applying for FHA 203(k) energy-efficient mortgage loans.