We strive to connect students with environmental issues through informational resource fairs, forums, and local facility tours. We train students to educate their peers through SPROUT (Sustainable Peers Reaching OUT), advise several established student organizations, and provide a multitude of service learning opportunities. We also host a Bike Resource Center and present an annual week-long series of events focused on sustainable food production.
We encourage you to come to us with your ideas, questions and suggestions. Through collaborative work with the students, faculty and staff, we hope to see sustainability become a powerful movement on the Mizzou campus.
The foremost goal of the Student Sustainability Fee is to fund sustainability initiatives for students, by students.
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We’re open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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We are located on the second floor of the MU Student Center (directly above the bookstore) in the Center for Student Involvement. Need help finding us? Reference the map in the location and hours section above for a more detailed description.
You can reach us in the office at (573) 882-8207.
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Ben Datema graduated from Mizzou with a B.A. in biology and an environmental studies minor. He advises student projects including the Bike Resource Center, SPROUT, Mizzou Dashboard, and several student groups. He also advises student efforts to make campus more environmentally sustainable and serves as a resource for students who are interested in learning more about environmental issues.
One day, Ben hopes to serve as a sustainability coordinator, director, or chief sustainability officer for a government, higher education, or business entity, or to work as a sustainability consultant. In his free time, he likes to ride & fix bikes, read textbooks for fun (especially Physiology, Biology, and Environmental Science), strike up conversations with strangers, learn about and promote social justice, and is an aspiring mad scientist.
Jessi is a second year graduate student working towards a masters in agricultural education with an emphasis on sustainable food production. She provides Mizzou students with service-learning opportunities in sustainability-related positions in the Columbia community, like PedNet’s Walking School Bus. Jessi also helps to oversee SPROUT, a peer education program for students who wish to learn about various sustainability topics and teach other students about these topics.
After getting her Masters, Jessi would like to work at an extension or non-profit agency. Jessi’s hobbies include crocheting, nurturing her herb garden and tending to dairy goats and the world’s cutest donkey.
Amy is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies working towards a B.S. in human environmental sciences with an emphasis in nutrition and fitness. Her work with the Environmental Leadership Office focuses on peer education about the rules, regulations and safety of bicycle transportation. These key points are demonstrated through the Bike Resource Center and the Bike Mechanics College.
Though her path ahead is currently undefined, Amy hopes the future holds an opportunity related to health education or a profession focused in physical therapy. When she’s not educating others about bicycles, she motivates young girls to achieve physical activity through running as a coach for Girls on the Run. Amy is also a TigerX yoga instructor and a research assistant for the project Playgrounds without Borders.
Emmie is a junior studying anthropology. She works alongside Amy on all things bike-related and is also the Environmental Leadership Office historian. She co-coordinates the Bike Resource Center and the Bike Mechanics College all while keeping our files, documents and projects neatly organized.
Emmie hopes to find a way to incorporate her academic interest in anthropology with her love of sustainability and social justice through work in applied anthropology that benefits both human communities and the environment. That, and a lot more school! She fills her free time with vegan baking, yoga, knitting and experimental cooking.
Jessica is a junior studying sustainable agriculture. She is currently in training to be our office’s new “food guru” where she will address food issues on campus and strive to make a more sustainable food system here. She presently is learning how to farm with Tigers for Community Agriculture where she is growing some food that will be sold to campus dining and some also donated to the new Tiger Pantry.
Jessica’s dream is to someday help set up sustainable, self-sufficient community food systems across Missouri and teach people how to live less wastefully. She also hopes to attain some land where she can do some sustainable farming herself. In her free time she enjoys listening to NPR and KOPN talk shows, playing the violin, and improving her cooking.
Rose graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor of journalism, a minor in political science and a certificate in multicultural studies. Rose managed the Environmental Leadership Office website and Twitter account. She also sent out a weekly newsletter to keep Mizzou students updated on sustainability happenings at MU and in the Columbia community.
While she isn’t quite sure what the future holds, Rose would eventually like to work in public relations at an environmental nonprofit or get her law degree. In her free time, Rose enjoys traveling to far-off places, going to live music shows and reading everything from blogs to novels.
After graduating, Rose moved to Houston to serve as a Teach for America corps member where she hopes to instill her love of the environment in her middle school students.
Campus Facilities to begin impounding improperly parked bikes
(Sept. 30, 2011) It can be a challenge to walk to class without a few almost-collisions with errant bicyclists on Lowry Mall. As more two-wheelers dot MU’s sidewalks and streets, open bike rack spots become harder to come by than Taylor Swift concert tickets.
Trayless Dining stories:
CDS eliminates trays from dining halls to reduce waste
(Aug. 23, 2011) After a trial run during Summer Welcome sessions, Campus Dining Services officially decided all dining halls will become trayless for the 2011-12 school year. (The Maneater)
Mizzou diners go trayless
(Aug. 18, 2011) COLUMBIA – As students returned to residence halls on the MU campus Thursday, they learned that their dining halls will no longer provide trays for meals. The dining halls include Mark Twain Market, Rollins, Pavilion at Dobbs, and Plaza 900. (KOMU)
Going trayless expands to dining halls across MU
(Aug. 14, 2011) COLUMBIA – MU Campus Dining Services will expand a “trayless policy” in dining halls on campus at the start of the fall semester.