Involvement

The JSU Sustainable Campus committee developed the following activities during FY12-13:

Faculty, staff, and students involvement
a. Applied 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;
b. Created a “Going Green” marketing campaign campus-wide (recycling, saving energy, etc.);
c. Began the process to become a paperless university. Existing activities: 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;
d. Refurbished older computers to recycle to lower-income families and/or non-profits in the City of Jackson;
e. Activities listed on the JSU – Toyota’s Going Green proposal submitted by student Tamika Smith

Future Activities
a. Repair the University’s greenhouse to encourage more foliage and fresh flowers around campus;
b. Encourage faculty and staff to use BPA-free water bottles to reduce the number of bottle water; Join and support the Mississippi Recycling Coalition;
c. Decrease the number of daily vehicle trips to and around campus by promoting other mobility options. The goal could be achieved by increasing public transit and non-vehicular travel and encouraging and facilitating healthy alternatives, such as: shuttle service, public transportation, walking, bicycle, and etc.;
d. Solve the problem campus wide of routine collection for recycled products; and
e. Perform a sustainability/utility audit for each building.


Community Involvement
a. Continued planting community gardens for low-income families to provide fresh fruit and vegetables in the surrounding neighborhoods, which was designated a food desert;
b. Determined the feasibility of creating a biodiesel facility in the community, which will help create jobs.
c. Continued community service “green” projects with students, such as distributing energy-efficient light bulbs to low-income residents in West Jackson; and
d. Continued 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.


FY 2013-14 Activities
a. Measure effectiveness of existing and new programs
b. Develop a report at the end of fiscal year on the effectiveness of implemented programs; and
c. Set ongoing benchmarks for improvement