At Colorado State University, sustainability is foundational to who we are. As a land-grant university, we’re compelled to steward, conserve, and protect the world around us. It's central to everything we do - from academics, research, and operations to outreach. It's an ongoing mission that we embrace together.
Colorado State University is serious about its sustainability efforts, and the world is taking notice.
Platinum bike-friendly University
First institution in the world to achieve STARS Platinum
Green College Honor Roll: No. 12
Postsecondary Sustainability Award
No. 1 greenest college
Top ten coolest school
We don’t rely on a single office or group to achieve our sustainability goals. It requires the collective effort, passion and enthusiasm of everyone at CSU.
Sustainability related research and courses taught at one of the nation’s only high-altitude mountain campuses.
962 of 2,633 courses are sustainability related.
Sustainability-oriented interdisciplinary minors for undergrads.
Sustainability related majors and minors in all 8 colleges.
One of the nation's few mountain campuses.
Cross-college collaboration is encouraged through fellowships and grants to teams of researchers focused on the biggest issues facing the planet, from changes in the atmosphere to the health of the soil beneath our feet. Faculty, programs and departments also regularly work with external entities from around the world to research and implement solutions to real-world problems.
The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) combines the expertise of researchers from Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences. By capitalizing on advances in meteorological, engineering and computer science, CIRA aims to help minimize the negative impact of weather events in our daily lives.Learn More »
The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) gathers and produces historical knowledge that informs how we preserve the future of our public lands. Founded in 2007, the PLHC’s projects facilitate policy development for complex issues involving the environment, land and water usage, agriculture, and cultural resource management.Learn More »
The Water Center at Colorado State serves as the focal point for water-related research, education and engagement on campus. With 22 departments and more than 150 courses dedicated to water-related studies, CSU has one of the most water-centric research and educational environments in the world. Additionally, CSU faculty and students are actively involved in addressing local and global water resource issues.Learn More »
Continued access to clean, reliable and abundant energy is central to almost every major challenge the world faces today. Colorado State University’s Energy Institute serves as a hub of energy research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of CSU. The Energy Institute produces technologies that have reduced emissions by more than 1 million tons, saved more than 50 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and reduced greenhouse gases by millions of tons.Learn More »
Colorado State’s Institute for the Built Environment fosters stewardship and sustainability of the built environment. The research-based, interdisciplinary forum provides opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on real-world design, development, and construction projects.Learn More »
The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is a privately funded initiative dedicated to developing a clean energy economy. Directed by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, the Center enlists some the nation’s preeminent thought leaders in clean energy to serve as a resource for policymakers to transform America’s energy economy.Learn More »
Founded in 2007, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) is an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at Colorado State. Led by award-winning professor Diana Wall, SoGES connects CSU's scholars and practitioners across disciplines to address large-scale environmental, economic, and social questions. It now houses, in cooperation with the University of Colorado, the North American hub of worldwide environmental research organization Future Earth.Learn More »
Research and academic rigor frame how we think about sustainability, but it’s action that transforms theory into reality. From energy resources to waste management, sustainability is at the core of the University’s infrastructure.
At CSU, we're busy building tomorrow and our people are our power. Together, we're growing a legacy that will serve generations to come.
Warner College of Natural Resources Associate Professor Michael Gavin discusses the importance of teaching students about sustainability and the interconnectedness of our world.
Cheryl Orr, a Navy veteran and a senior in CSU’s Soil and Crop Sciences program, works in the University's composting program. With her help, thousands of pounds of food waste from dining centers is transformed into the soil we use to landscape our campus.
Work with local communities around the world to provide the training and knowledge needed to responsibly use and protect natural resources.
Maintain an inclusive environment for a diverse population of Colorado high school graduates, community transfer students and international undergraduates.
Construct and equip new laboratory, research and library facilities to serve the needs of a growing research institution.
Integrate sustainability learning outcomes in all eight colleges across CSU.
Achieve climate neutrality by 2050 with a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.