Green Campus Initiative: Projects

Green Campus Initiative

The University has many projects with green implications underway. Here are just a few of them

  • Recycling: The University has pursued responsible recycling for a long time. To learn more, please click here. For more general information on recycling, please visit the Indiana Recycling Coalition home page.
  • Scrape Your Plate: The Office of Volunteer Services (OVS) initiated a program on campus that involves students, Chartwells and the community in a cycle of “green” actions that are designed to minimize food waste. “Project Clean Plate” consists of asking those who eat in Haist Commons to simply scrape the food left on their plates into specially marked bins before depositing their tray and dishes onto the racks for cleaning. The scrapings taken from the bins will be donated to local farmers who will use the discarded food to feed livestock (pigs & goats).

    The volume of food waste collected will be measured, and as food waste declines Chartwells will contribute the cost savings to OVS, who will use the money to support food banks, soup kitchens and others in need. Hopefully, diners at the Commons will also become more aware and ultimately minimize the amount of food they waste when they take food they don’t eat.

  • Green Cleaning: The University has transformed its cleaning products to account for their impact on the environment. To view information on these changes, please click here.

  • A New Energy Infrastructure: The University's Physical Plant department has made great strides to deploy more energy-efficient boilers and chillers on the North Manchester campus.  The Fort Wayne campus building is also LEED certified.

  • Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative: This is a four-year, $1 million grant through the 319 nonpoint source pollution program of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. It is a multi agency effort, led by MU, to write a watershed management plan for the watershed, monitor stream water quality and remediate high priority nonpoint source pollution in the watershed).  You can visit the project's web site here. To watch a video about this great project, please click here.

  • Redside Dace Recovery Grant: This is a four-year grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to design a regional recovery plan for this state endangered minnow species.

  • Participation in Earth Day ceremonies in Indianapolis. To learn more about Earth Day in Indiana, please visit the Earth Day Indiana website.

  • Collaboration of Peace Week and Earth Day – MU Campus activities.

  • Construction of new wetland on our Koinonia property.

  • Water quality study of Pony Creek.


Green Factoid

The number of average-sized power plants that could be eliminated if everyone in the U.S. used energy efficient lighting is 90.