Missouri University of Science & Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) has been educating leaders in engineering, science and technology for over 130 years. As a nationally-recognized technological research university, Missouri S&T continuously strives to lead the way in sustainable practices. Our campus has made a firm commitment to minimize our environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions while developing educated graduates who are aware of the importance of environmental stewardship.
Our campus-wide geothermal energy project is a highlight of our many campus sustainability initiatives. Considered one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency projects in higher education, the system includes 600 wells and closed geothermal loops serving three state-of-the art geothermal plants. When the project is completed in 2014, we will reduce our annual energy use by 50%, our water consumption by 8 million gallons and our carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tons per year. It will allow us to decommission our coal-fired power plant while demonstrating innovative technological energy solutions to our students.
Missouri S&T maintains a comprehensive environmental management system (EMS) that integrates environmental stewardship into the education, research, and administrative activities of the university. Our campus became the first university in the nation to obtain ISO 14001 certification for our campus-wide EMS in June of 2001. This certification has been maintained for over 11 years, through the verification of external auditors. Our most recent recertification was awarded in June of 2012.
Missouri S&T recently completed a sustainability self-assessment under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and achieved a Silver rating. This process enabled us to develop specific goals to advance campus sustainability and achieve a higher STARS rating in our next assessment.
Campus sustainability is guided by the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement (OSE3) and the 24-member Green Campus Committee made up of faculty, staff, and students volunteering their time and skills to advance campus sustainability. OSE3 represents the university on the boards of green building, renewable energy, and energy policy associations across the state.
Missouri S&T also demonstrates climate leadership through our Solar Village and our Solar House Team. The Solar Village consists of four solar-powered homes designed and built by Missouri S&T students participating in previous DOE Solar Decathlons. The Missouri S&T Solar House Team seeks to advance the University, community and environment through focused research, public education and sustainable design. The team currently has over 60 undergraduate members who work tirelessly to design and construct a 100% solar-powered home.
The Missouri S&T Solar Village is one of a kind. These student-built solar homes serve not only as campus housing, but are also used to educate the public, provide research opportunities, and demonstrate current and future GHG reduction steps available to the community. We are collaborating with multiple utility providers to demonstrate next-generation energy storage and microgrid technologies within the solar village.
Missouri S&T’s commitment to climate leadership is evident through our many unique education, research, campus operations, and outreach activities.