Farm to Campus Program
MSU Culinary Services Division Farm to Campus Program partners with members of our statewide agriculture community to support the development of Montana’s local food systems and to promote the health of our patrons through enhanced local and sustainable practices on campus at Montana State University. The program provides both outreach and resources to Montana growers, producers, and manufactures while using the purchasing power of Culinary Services to provide an institutional marketplace that is necessary to help drive the local foods movement forward in Montana.
Tree Campus USA
For six consecutive years, MSU-Bozeman has been designated a Tree Campus USA for its dedication to sustainable campus forest ecosystem management. Universities who receive this designation from The Arbor Day Foundation must:
- Effectively manage their campus trees.
- Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests.
- Strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The STARS program acts as a sustainability assessment for the entirety of campus, providing a metric system for each component of campus operations and living. These metrics serve to monitor growth and improvements across campus through a recognized, and peer reviewed process. STARS enables meaningful comparison, incentivizes continual improvement, and facilitates the sharing of information. The MSU Office of Sustainability will work to maintain and update this assessment on a yearly basis to ensure that our university is continuing improvement toward our sustainable development goals.