Collaboration & Partnerships

Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS)

RISE has unique partnerships with several units within the division of RHS. The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm works intimately with campus chefs to grow culinary herbs and fresh vegetables that are served in several dining halls and the Kellogg Center State Room. Students work with procurement officers, University Food Stores and executive chefs to provide certified organic, locally grown food 9 months of the year. Our students also work with RHS facilities staff to study their “home” as a living laboratory for improving the sustainability of our campus.; Together with our RHS collaborators RISE students are studying how to reduce dining hall plate waste, decrease energy and water consumption and send less solid waste to the landfill. RHS is a key partner is making the “R” in RISE truly a green residential experience.

Student Organic Farm (SOF)

The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm is a “sister” farm with the SOF. These two farms are intricately linked by common purpose, philosophy and technical expertise. First year RISE students gain basic horticultural and farming skills at Bailey and they are able to expand their farming experience by working at the SOF. Each year the SOF provides Bailey with an upper level crew member who can provide education and management of the Bailey “Green Team." These students work together with Jeremy Moghtader and Dan Fillius, the Manager and Production Manager at the SOF, to develop crop plans and share knowledge. In addition, Dr. Thorp has an active program of research and education with organically raised heritage breed pigs at the SOF. Together with her colleague Professor Dale Rozeboom, this project allows students with an interest in sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry and animal welfare a hands-on opportunity to raise pigs from farrowing to finish.

MSU Sustainability

MSU Sustainability (Be Spartan Green) provides much needed technical expertise and student resources to support RISE student research and campus based change initiatives. Each year students in NSC 192 write grant proposals to seed funding from the BSG Student Seed Grant. These grants reinforce the commitment that both RISE and MSU are leaders in environmental and sustainability innovation and research. Student present this research at the annual campus Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. MSU Sustainability also provides internships and project-based learning opportunities that directly impact and improve the sustainability of the campus community.

Department of Community Sustainability

Professor Matt Raven not only teaches two sections of NSC 192 in the RISE program he also has an office in the RISE suite. Matt is an award winning teacher educator and expert in agricultural education and leadership development. Matt has research projects at both the MSU Lake City Experiment Station and Chatham Experiment Station. Professor Robby Richardson, also on faculty in the Department of Community Sustainability will be joining the RISE faculty in the spring of 2014 to teach a discussion course centered on voluntary simplicity and sustainability. Dr. Richardson is an environmental economist with expertise in ecosystem services. Several Community Sustainability courses are offered as part of the environmental and sustainability studies minor offered through RISE.

Department of Horticulture

The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm is deeply grateful for the generous support we receive from the Department of Horticulture. We collaborate with the department to foster practices of organic farming, greenhouse production, season extension and composting. Professor Brad Rowe has worked with several RISE students to secure funding for their research into green roof vegetable production. Dr. Rowe is a national expert on green roof design and management.

Department of Entomology

Professor Zachary Huang has located several research “nucs” or mini bee colonies on the Bailey green roof in order collect data to improve our understanding of the contributing factors related to colony collapse disorder. Professor Huang will be working with us again this spring to locate a colony on the green roof to provide RISE with honey, beeswax and pollinators for our vegetable crops.