MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences hosted Jonathan Foret, a Cajun folklorist and environmental activist, to give a talk on the challenges of preserving coastal Louisianan culture as climate change and natural disaster slowly deteriorate the land.
In 2010, MSU horticulture professor John Biernbaum sought to develop a method diverting some food waste away from landfills, beginning a vermicomposting project with funding from the MSU Student Life & Engagement, or SLE, formerly known as Resident Housing Services, and the MSU Office of Sustainability with the goal of diverting kitchen preparation scraps from the landfill.
Baker Woodlot, a 73-acre natural forest area in the south section of campus, was inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network on Oct. 7, becoming the 12th forest in Michigan to become a part of the national network of old-growth forests.
W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens is implementing a restoration initiative to help ensure the longevity of Michigan State University's heart— the Red Cedar River. Evaluation of the riverbank began in 2018, and since then, the staff at W.J. Beal have been taking steps to cultivate the growth of native plant life along the Red Cedar and in the Natural Areas on campus.
Michigan State University’s Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center has a new machine for its cows, and it could help farmers fight climate change worldwide. The machine, which dispenses treats for cows and analyzes their output, is part of an ongoing climate change project led by MSU animal science professor Dr. Mike Vandehaar.
There are a number of trails in the Greater Lansing area, and new projects are making the walkways more accessible to the public.
In 2020, Michigan State University adopted a tree replacement policy that calls for every tree removed from campus to be replaced on a one-for-one basis.
“To me, the river is the heart of campus." This heart, however, has a long and storied history with the pollution that comes alongside industrialization and urbanization.
Michigan State legislators unveiled new policy goals towards clean energy and environmental protection during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's “What’s Next” address last month.
Michigan State University issued a severe weather warning last night after a heavy thunderstorm hit the East Lansing area. Several MSU buildings south of main campus lost power, including the Tree Research Center, the Food Processing Complex and the South Engineering Research Complex.
Warnings of poor air quality, like the ones recently experienced in cities like Detroit and East Lansing as a result of Canadian wildfires that first started in March, could become more frequent in a world increasingly impacted by climate change, according to MSU professors.
The northern lights were visible across East Lansing on April 27 as a geomagnetic storm hits Earth. MSU astronomy professor Horace Smith explains solar cycles and why we may see more of the aurora this year.