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Sustainability Hub for Innovation & Environment (SHINE)

Supporting, encouraging, and contributing to a diverse and sustainable world

Our purpose is to improve planning and coordination for sustainability on campus, increase the implementation of sustainable initiatives and practices on campuses, and support education on sustainability inside and out of the classroom.


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NMU Sustainability Rating

Northern Michigan University's STARS rating, determined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as a measure of universities' performance related to sustainability, advanced to silver in 2020. The rating system factors in academics and research, operations, administration/planning and engagement.


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Community Partnerships

SHINE aligns with partners that offer resources and best practices for social good and brings together those making a positive impact on their employees, communities, and environment.


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On Campus Initiatives

SHINE strives to protect NMU’s beautiful physical surroundings by promoting awareness and responsibility and inspiring innovative sustainable solutions, behavioral changes, and environmental ethics.


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Student Initiatives

SHINE’s peer-to-peer education program offers students the resources and knowledge to solve sustainability issues and encourages habit modification to make a collective difference on campus. 


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Thought Leadership

SHINE writes sustainability narratives and implements transformational sustainability projects by providing insight and actionable recommendations based on research, strategy, and big picture ideas.

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Kyler Philips

"Being able to use my communication and digital marketing skills to help promote sustainability on campus and in the Marquette community has been a very enlightening and fulfilling experience."

Kyler Phillips

Marketing Major

SHINE Partners

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Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have questions, would like to learn more, or have an idea to share.

  • General sustainability - Sarah Mittlefehldt, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability,
  • Energy-related - Kathy Richards, Associate VP Engineering/Planning/Facilities,
  • Recycling-related - Brandon Sager, Assistant Director-Facilities,  
  • Food-related - Paul Schoonveld, Director of Dining Services

Other Sustainability Initiatives on Campus