MSU ranked in top 25 globally in 4 sustainability categories

In the 2024 Quacquarelli Symonds Sustainability Ranking, Michigan State University placed in the top 3% in the world — or No. 41 — among participating schools. The university is also in the top 3% in the nation, ranked at No. 6.

The QS Sustainability Rankings measure how well universities are addressing the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance issues.

“‘Go Green’ isn’t just our Spartan greeting — it is our way of life. Spartans are known for taking on the world’s biggest challenges. Making the world healthier, more sustainable and greener are huge challenges and, in tackling them, we are making a positive difference for everyone,” said MSU Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.

Globally, MSU ranks in the top 25 in four of QS’ key indicators of performance.

  • No. 8 in knowledge exchange
  • No. 20 in equality
  • No. 20 in social impact
  • No. 25 in environmental research

MSU has more than 800 courses incorporating sustainability into the curriculum or through experiential learning. The university offers three undergraduate degrees and 20 minors rooted in sustainability as well as 21 master’s degree programs and 16 doctoral programs focused on sustainability or sustainability challenges.

With more than 15,000 students living on campus during the fall and spring semesters, multiple programs focus on sharing knowledge about sustainable practices. The peer-to-peer education program Eco Reps promotes sustainable practices and encourages environmentally responsible behaviors through education and activities.

In addition, more than 500 MSU faculty are engaged in research that addresses sustainability and global challenges like climate change, often working in interdisciplinary teams with other universities and communities around the world.

“This is truly a testament to the amazing people that make up the fabric of sustainability at MSU: our students, researchers, staff and alumni,” said Sustainability Manager Laura Young. “They work tirelessly to advance green initiatives here at home and foster just and sustainable impact around the world.”

Reaching first across Michigan and then extending globally, MSU has made long-standing commitments and progress in sustainability as a global leader through cutting-edge research, experiential learning, community engagement and sustainable operations. The university remains steadfast in its commitment to achieving a just and sustainable future, with stewardship and sustainability a key focus of the MSU 2030 Strategic Plan.

Learn more about sustainability efforts at MSU. 

This story was originally published on MSUToday.


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The MSU Innovation Center is dedicated to fostering innovation, research commercialization, and entrepreneurial activities from the research and discovery happening across our campus every day. We act as the primary interface for researchers aiming to see their research applied to solving real-world problems and making the world a better place to live. We aim to empower faculty, researchers, and students within our community of scholars by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to bring their discoveries to the forefront. Through strategic collaborations with the private sector, we aim to amplify the impact of faculty research and drive economic growth while positively impacting society. We foster mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with the private sector through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, technology licensing discussions, and support for faculty entrepreneurs to support the establishment of startup companies.   

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