ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Missouri - Columbia

Submitted on June 23, 2009; last updated on February 4, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Columbia, MO
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name R. Bowin Loftin
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Alicia LaVaute
Implementation Liaison's Title Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
Implementation Liaison's Department Sustainability Office
Format of Structure Center- or Institute-Led
Number of Individuals in Structure 2-5
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description In the spring of 2009 the University created the Sustainability Coordinator and an Office of Sustainability to support that position. The Coordinator position was created out of the Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator's position by expanding the duties to include general campus sustainability. Joining and assisting the Coordinator are student employees and one graduate research assistant.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: University of Missouri utilizes a campus-wide approach to sustainable construction thought the continued development and implementation of Sustainable Design Guidelines. The MU Sustainable Design Guidelines set standards for design and construction that at minimum meets the requirements of LEED Certified construction.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: Mizzou is ranked No. 7 in on-site green energy generation behind such prestigious corporations and governmental organizations as Wal-Mart, BMW, Apple, The U.S. Department of Energy, the City of Philadelphia and Coca-Cola. Mizzou is number 14 on the EPA Green Power Partnership Top 30 College & University list of green power users.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: A 12-passenger shuttle van has transported commuters from Boonville to campus each work day since the mid-1970s. Each passenger pays a fixed rate that is used to supply the vehicle, insurance, maintenance costs and fuel.

Tiger Line is a shuttle service that runs seven days a week when residence halls are open and is funded through student fees. Routes run every 10 minutes between commuter lots and campus during the day and every 30 minutes to campus, shopping and downtown destinations at night and on weekends.
COMO Connect, Columbia’s bus system, offers $100 student semester passes.

The University of Missouri collaborates with the City of Columbia to provide designated “green routes” safe streets for bicyclists.

There are more than 5,000 bicycle spaces on campus. Bicycle parking is not allowed along handrails, fences, buidliings, trees or light poles. Bicycle parking map:

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

Yes: On-site and renewable energy:

Biomass Fueled Boiler and Auto Extraction Steam Turbine Electric Generator – 14 MW
Wind Turbine – 20 KW
Solar PV Panels – 36.35 KW

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: In the Waste Minimization component we have committed to, one, creating accrual mechanisms to use savings in disposal costs to fund further waste reduction initiatives, two, active program to sell or donate campus surplus property, and three, replacing paper documents with online alternatives wherever possible (e.g. telephone directories, course catalogs, room selection, bill payment, grade distribution, etc.).

In 2013 MU placed 173rd in the grand champion category and then moved up the chart to 26th place during 2014.