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Sustainability Advisory Council

The Sustainability Advisory Council (MUSAC) is an advisory council to the President and the Administrative Cabinet on matters of sustainability to the university. The 12-member council includes students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. 

On-Going Campus Initiatives
Current Working Proposals
Habitat Designation
Coming Events
Nomination Process - Self-nomination now open.

On-Going Campus Initiatives

Marylhurst works regularly to:

  • Reduce energy use
    1. Electric power monitoring and conservation practices – 
    heat/cool buildings only when occupied, timers and motion sensors to turn off equipment and lights when not needed, reduced excessive light levels, installed energy efficient florescent and LED lighting
    2. Building envelope energy efficiency – 
    insulation, weather stripping, double pane insulated glass window upgrades
  • Make sparing use of resources and products, and abundant use of recycling opportunities
    1. Recycling metal, paper, plastic, food waste, building materials
    2. Landscape management sustainable practices – 
    reduced chemical use, organic fertilizer, minimal mowing, soil enhancement practices
  • Adopt and follow low-impact building, remodeling and transportation practices
    1. Water-use monitoring and conservation practices –
    low-flow toilets and flush meters, restricted irrigation and low-flow sprinklers
    2. Storm water monitoring and filtering discharge to river
  • Make environmentally responsible purchases

Current Working Proposals

Responsibility for Our Campus Habitat
We hold a strong sense of stewardship for our beautiful campus and its plants and animals. We are a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and take seriously the campus' health and well-being as a sanctuary for wild nature and for our human souls.

Coming Events

Lake Oswego Commuter Challenge
August 29 - October 4
Commuter Challenge Information

Donate a Bike, Change a Life
August 30, 2015, 11 am - 3 pm. 
Event Information

September Hiatus
No meeting in September.

Monthly Meeting
October 13, 2015, 1-2 pm. Visitors welcome.

NWEI EcoChallenge
October 15-29. Join the Marylhurst Ecochallenge Team.
Become a Marylhurst EcoChallenge team member. Select your own challenge. Change one habit for the earth. See what other EcoChallengers are doing.


     • 2015-16 Meeting Schedule (coming soon)
     • 2015-16 MUSAC action teams (coming soon)

For more information, email or visit Sustainability Advisory Council.

 Self-Nomination Process
Nomination process for 2015-2016 now open. Self-nomination process has been extended. Deadline: October 6, 2015.
Every year interested persons may self-nominate for open positions. Open to staff, faculty, students and alumni of Marylhurst University and interested members of the community. Membership on the council is approved by the President's Leadership Team. 
Download>> Self-Nomination Forms (word doc)

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