The University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus recognizes that a sustainable approach to creating and maintaining the university is the only way that we will be able to continue to provide a high quality education for current and future students.
Sustainability can be defined in many different ways, but commonly refers to using physical resources in a wise and efficient way today so that those resources will be here for future generations. The energy we use to heat and cool our buildings, the water we use for our lawns and indoor plumbing, the fuel we use for our vehicles are all finite resources and the quantity and quality of those resources will dissipate if we do not take action now to conserve them.
The university is nearing the end of Phase 1 (2010 – 2020) of the Climate Action Plan. This first phase calls for a 20% reduction from the benchmark year of 2007. Phase 2 (2020 – 2030) calls for a 50% reduction and Phase 3 (2030 – 2050) calls for an 80% reduction. You can read more about specific strategies in the Climate Action Plan and you can also see progress to date.
The university achieves significant natural and fiscal resource savings through combined efforts of efficiency and conservation. See how to help.
The university contracts with Republic Services for Recycling collection. Single stream recycling is available throughout campus. There is also a program for expanded lab-specific recycling that has been developed information on that can be found here.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. CU Denver and CU Anschutz reported a Silver rating as a consolidated institution in 2012.