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Sustainability & Recycling - About Us

Welcome to the MUSC Sustainability & Recycling Program

Our goal is to reduce the environmental impact of our campus by advancing energy efficiency, water conservation and encouraging recycling. Last year, MUSC recycled 27% of total solid waste. 

Guiding departments and units to reduce waste and helping them to conserve resources is our mission while we continue to increase the proportion of waste that is recycled.

For more information on the Sustainability Program at MUSC call 2-4066 or email


MUSC shreds ALL paper right on campus ensuring patient confidentiality for the 750 bed Medical Center and capturing an average of 500 tons of paper a year. See our recycling data here. For the History of our program, click here.


 The most widely used definition of sustainable development comes from the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission):

“forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

President Greenberg has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a nationwide effort for campuses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To reduce its carbon footprint and overall energy consumption, MUSC is participating in an energy efficiency capital improvement performance plan that will guarantee a savings of $2.5 million a year. All light fixtures on our 80 acre campus have been changed to low mercury energy efficient bulbs, all toilets have been switched for water efficient toilets; boiler controls and fume hoods are also being upgraded as part of this Energy Performance Contract.

The MUSC campus was selected by the Dean of the College of Medicine as the site for the privately endowed Jerry Reves Arboretum


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