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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.

Awards & Recognition

Colorado State University is serious about its sustainability efforts, and the world is taking notice.

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Platinum bike-friendly University

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First institution in the world to achieve STARS Platinum

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Green College Honor Roll: 2016

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Postsecondary Sustainability Award

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No. 1 greenest college

Sierra Magazine Coolest Schools logo

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.

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The Academic Experience

Sustainability related research and courses taught at one of the nation’s only high-altitude mountain campuses.

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962 of 2,633 courses are sustainability related.

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Sustainability-oriented interdisciplinary minors for undergrads.

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Sustainability related majors and minors in all 8 colleges.

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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.

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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.

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93% waste diversion in campus dining centers

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26 LEED buildings (with more on the way)

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Platinum bicycle designation

Solar arrays

13 solar arrays on campus with a commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030

CSU bus transit system

2 million alternative transit rides in 2016

Water fountains

Water use down 24% over last 10 years despite growth in population and campus size

Recycling bins

Campus-wide single stream recycling

Electric car charging station

25 electric car charging stations on campus

Bike maintenance

Bicycle maintenance and education for students, faculty and staff


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.

From EcoLeaders to zero-waste events, CSU Housing and Dining is at the core of student-oriented sustainability programs.

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We are committed to the State of Sustainability at Colorado State – it's central to our strategic plan.

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Work with local communities around the world to provide the training and knowledge needed to responsibly use and protect natural resources.

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Maintain an inclusive environment for a diverse population of Colorado high school graduates, community transfer students and international undergraduates.

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Construct and equip new laboratory, research and library facilities to serve the needs of a growing research institution.

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Integrate sustainability learning outcomes in all eight colleges across CSU.

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Achieve climate neutrality by 2050 with a 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.