At CU Boulder, sustainability is embedded in our campus life. We were the first university to:
- Create a student-led Environmental Center
- Launch a student-led campus recycling program
- Purchase renewable energy credits
- Fuel campus vehicles completely with biodiesel
- Provide students with a comprehensive bus pass
- Achieve a STARS Gold rating
- Be named a Sierra Club #1 greenest school (AAU)
- Claim a carbon neutral student government and
The nation’s first student-led Environmental Center is established on Earth Day.
The nation’s first collegiate student-led recycling program begins. Student volunteers begin newspaper and aluminum can recycling.
A student-administrative partnership between the CU Boulder Student Union and Facilities Management is created for recycling.
Prepaid bus program
The nation’s first student prepaid bus program is established.
Recycling processing facility
The first recycling processing facility is built on campus.
Campus Earth Summit
The first annual Campus Earth Summit is held.
CU Boulder signs the Talloires Declaration, committing the university to set an example of environmental responsibility in its teaching, research and operations.
Campus Master Plan
CU Boulder incorporates sustainability provisions for facilities into the Campus Master Plan.
Renewable energy credits
CU Boulder students purchase the nation’s first renewable energy credits. Students vote to purchase renewable wind-energy credits to match electricity used in all major campus construction after 2000.
Energy Education Campaign
An Energy Education Campaign begins. A resource conservation office position is created. Campus energy use decreases for the first time in 10 years.
Solar panels on campus
The first solar panels on campus are installed at the University Memorial Center.
Sustainable CU Boulder Grant Fund
The Sustainable CU Boulder Grant Fund is established by student vote.
First LEED-certified building
The new ATLAS facility becomes the first CU Boulder building built or renovated to meet stringent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green standards for sustainable architecture.
Pledge for carbon neutrality
Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson makes CU Boulder a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging CU Boulder will attain carbon neutrality.
4 million pounds recycled
CU Boulder’s recycling collection exceeds 4 million pounds. Funding is provided to begin a feasibility study of relocating or expanding CU Boulder’s recycling facility.
The CU Boulder student government requires all student-funded food/dining events to be zero-waste.
Free reusable bags
CU Boulder Dining Services eliminates plastic bags from grab-and-go meals and distributes free reusable bags to all incoming residence hall students.
NCAA zero-waste program
CU Boulder Athletics launches the nation’s first NCAA Division 1 zero-waste program.
CU Boulder issues a conceptual plan for carbon neutrality.
#1 green school in the nation
The Sierra Club names CU Boulder the #1 green school in the nation.
STARS Gold sustainability rating
CU Boulder receives the nation’s first STARS Gold sustainability rating.
Carbon neutrality for student-run buildings
The CU Boulder student government attains carbon neutrality for student-run buildings.
STARS Gold sustainability
CU Boulder renews its STARS Gold sustainability rating and increases its score.
The new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC) research, education and engagement facility is set to open on East Campus.
CU Boulder Athletics attains carbon neutrality and opens a “net-zero electricity” practice facility at Folsom Field.