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: 2016
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 Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) is an outreach center that promotes protected area management around the world. Its mission is to contribute to the conservation, planning, and management of the world’s protected areas and the landscapes and seascapes that connect them through capacity building, applied research, and technical collaboration with the organizations that help manage them and the communities whose well-being depends on them. CPAM provides a bridge between academic researchers and front lines protected area practitioners, working on issues related to protected area planning, visitor management, interpretations techniques, and much more.Learn More »
Monika Shikongo, a recent graduate of the Warner College of Natural Resources Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) program, became the first woman ever in command of a national park in Namibia. The park is unusual because it crosses the boundaries of four nations: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. It is also an important migration route for elephant and other game species. For Shikongo, managing this unique and dynamic situation meant becoming adept at working collaboratively with diverse groups and cultures to solve complex conservation issues. The CLTL program trains conservationists like Shikongo to address global environmental challenges.Learn More »
The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State is an applied research and engagement organization that advances knowledge to restore and enhance the resilience of forest ecosystems. CFRI is a resource for locally-relevant, science-based information on forest restoration and resiliency. The Institute develops, compiles, synthesizes, and applies science-based knowledge to restore and enhance the resilience of forest ecosystems to wildfire and other disturbances in Colorado, the Southern Rocky Mountains, and the Interior West.Learn More »
The Confucius Institute at Colorado State has a mission to promote scientific research on water resources and environmental sustainability. CICSU distributes its results to scholars worldwide to address water resource and environmental challenges that China and other developing countries face, exploring the sustainable development of water resources and the environment affecting global change.
By establishing CICSU with a focus on water resources and environmental sustainability as well as promoting Chinese language and culture, CICSU is a platform for the development of expertise and communication between American and Chinese scientists and engineers, dedicated to the sustainable development of natural resources.
The Center for Collaborative Conservation was created to make university research and education fully relevant to conservation practice. Its mission: to help create innovative and lasting conservation solutions for people and nature through collaboration.
The Center's approach is to transform conservation into a uniting force through collaboration. It accomplishes this through its work in three focus areas: Education, Research, and Practice. Using collaboration to exchange resources, expertise, and experience creates opportunities for achieving conservation goals at a larger scale and that represent the needs of diverse stakeholders.
The Center for Fair and Alternative Trade (CFAT) is a multidisciplinary research center. Its mission is to provide objective and in-depth analysis of market-based social change that supports the growth of the conscious consumer economy in the 21st century. Rather than engage in advocacy, the center seeks to advance the quest for social justice and sustainability by providing critical and scholarly studies of fair trade, alternative trade, product certification, worker rights, and other promising initiatives.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.
Albert Cones, a Facilities Management technician, is passionate about creating the university's compost. The system repurposes nearly 5,000 pounds of food waste from residence hall dining centers every week.
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.