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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Burden
Sustainability Coordinator
MU Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA) is involved in the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative, funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). UMCA is working with NRCS and other partners such as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to implement voluntary conservation practices on agricultural farms that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River Basin. Water quality concerns leading to the hypoxia issue in the Gulf of Mexico have led NRCS to identify the Mississippi River Basin as a top priority to address this issue. UMCA team is engaged in quantifying the benefits of conservation practices by using edge-of-field monitoring on 10 sub-watersheds on farms throughout northern Missouri. Results indicate substantial reduction in nutrient (N and P) loading into streams and rivers from sub-watersheds where conservation practices are installed. The total impacted area would be approximately 2000 acres.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
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Research Yes
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Public Engagement Yes
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Water Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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