On March 18, 2010, the University of Missouri officially adopted its current Sustainability Policy Statement:
The University of Missouri embraces its role in providing a healthy and safe learning
environment for its students, staff, and faculty. Consistent with MU’s mission and values, we are
committed to leadership in demonstrating local and global environmental stewardship. MU
recognizes the increasing need for policies and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and has signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment with the
goal of making the MU campus carbon neutral. Further, MU has undertaken an ambitious
program of environmental sustainability that includes, but is not limited to, the following actions:
- Incorporating sustainability and social responsibility in the teaching curriculum;
researching, testing, and implementing new sustainability initiatives; and disseminating
effective sustainability practices.
- Taking proactive steps to preserve, protect, and renew natural resources, both locally and
globally, thereby minimizing anthropogenic harm to the environment.
- Identifying and utilizing environmentally friendly energy resources and employing a
dynamic and proactive energy-conservation program.
- Minimizing waste generation, recovering recyclable materials and safely managing
necessary waste disposal.
- Observing sustainable best practices in campus construction and procurement
Researching and promoting sustainable practices in the growth, management, and
transportation of food.
- Promoting clean, efficient, and healthy transportation for all students, staff, and faculty.
Each unit or department within the University is expected to evaluate current policies and
practices on a regular basis with the goal of adopting and improving environmentally sustainable