CSU Sustainability Timeline

01
Jan
CSU founded

Colorado Agricultural College (later renamed Colorado State University) established as a land grant institution by President Lincoln’s Morrell Act.

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01
Jan
First cultivation on CSU grounds

Twenty acres of the campus were planted with wheat and cottonwood cuttings planted along the north line of the grounds. This land produced a yield of 375 bushels.

01
Jan
First Farmer’s Institute

Farmer’s Institute founded as a precursor to Cooperative Extension Service.

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01
Jan
1st major tree planting at CSU

First major tree planting on campus occurs at Danforth Chapel; Black Walnut trees that were planted near the railroad tracks in 1874 were relocated to the Danforth Chapel area. The Black Walnut trees survived until 2015.

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01
Jan
First trees planted on the Oval

First two rows of giant elm trees planted on what will later become the Oval. In addition, approximately 3000 trees were planted on the rest of campus.

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01
Jan
The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station established

The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station is established. Although the experimental fields existed as early as 1877. An apple orchard was planted along College Ave., just south of where Old Main stood but was removed in the early 1920’s.

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01
Jan
Resolution for forest conservation

Board approves a resolution calling for forest conservation.

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01
Jan
The School of Agriculture opened

Professor Charles Lory helped form this local industrial high school, which provided a practical three-year curriculum for 213 boys and girls in its first year. In 1911, the school added mechanic arts and a fourth year of study to the curriculum. In 1920, a special course for forest rangers was added.

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01
Jan
Mountain Campus land given to Colorado Agricultural College

Congress provides 1,600 acres of land to establish the CSU Mountain Campus in Pingree Park.

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01
Jan
Congress passed law creating the National Park Service and CSU becomes “The Ranger Factory”

Congress passes law creating the National Park Service and Colorado Agricultural College becomes “The Ranger Factory,” producing more rangers than any other institution through the 1960’s.

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01
Jan
Margaret Durward became first female principal of the School of Agriculture

Margaret Durward becomes first female principal of the School of Agriculture.

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01
Jan
Colorado A&M joined a nation-wide “Peace Day”

Along with colleges and universities throughout the country, the College briefly suspended regular classroom activities so that students and faculty could participate in “Peace Day”.

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01
Jan
Students volunteer time to cultivate “war crops”

During WWII, students volunteer to cultivate “war crops” to help with farm labor shortages.

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10
Jan
Colorado A&M becomes Colorado State University

Name change to Colorado State University and federal Soil Bank selects CSU for forest nursery facility.

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01
Jan
A NSSL established at Fort Collins

US Department of Agriculture establishes a National Seed Storage Laboratory at CSU.

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01
Jan
Peace Corps established

CSU faculty member Maurice L. Albertson lays the groundwork for the Peace Corps after meeting Congressman Henry S. Reuss at a conference in Washington.

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01
Jan
NREL established

George Van Dyne, a Colorado A&M Alumni, establishes the Natural Resource Ecology Lab.

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01
Jan
Recycling Program Established

Recycling program officially established in Facilities Management.

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01
Jan
Composting begins

Composting collection begins on campus with Hageman Earth Cycle.

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01
Jan
Talloires Declaration

CSU commits to the 10-point action plan for colleges and universities committed to promoting education for sustainability and environmental literacy.

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01
Jan
1st LEED Certification

Classrooms in Guggenheim Hall Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver. First classrooms on any university campus to achieve LEED CI certification.

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01
Jan
Vice President for Energy & the Environment hired

First Vice President for Energy and Environment hired and the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Advisory Committee formed in 2009.

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01
Jan
SoGES founded

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is established.

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01
Jan
ACUPCC

CSU signs the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.

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01
Jan
Solar PV installs

First solar PV arrays installed on campus (Engineering Building, Academic Village, and Chrisman Field).

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01
Jan
STARS Pilot

CSU participates as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) pilot institution.

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01
Jan
Climate Action Plan

CSU adopts its first Climate Action Plan, committing CSU to climate neutrality by 2050.

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01
Jan
STARS Gold Rating

CSU submits its first STARS report, earning a Gold rating.

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01
Jan
On-site Composting Begins

In-vessel composter, OSCAR, arrives at the CSU Foothills Campus, establishing an on-site living compost lab.

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01
Jan
Tree Campus USA

CSU becomes a certified Tree Campus USA through the Arbor Day Foundation.

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01
Jan
STARS Gold Rating

CSU submits the highest score ever submitted to STARS, earning a second Gold rating.

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01
Jan
Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting Launches

First institution to offer a Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting degree.

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01
Jan
President’s Sustainability Committee established

SEEAC becomes President’s Sustainability Committee.

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01
Jan
STARS Platinum

First institution in the world to earn a STARS Platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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01
Jan
Platinum Bicycle Friendly University

CSU receives a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation from League of American Bicyclists.

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01
Jan
First LEED Platinum Buildings at CSU

The Pavilion in Laurel Village and the Powerhouse at the Powerhouse Energy Campus become the first LEED Platinum certified buildings at CSU.

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01
Jan
Sierra Cool Schools

CSU earns the #4 spot on Sierra Magazine Coolest Schools Rankings for 2015.

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01
Jan
Solar PV installs

Solar PV arrays installed on Student Recreation Center, Parmelee and Edwards Halls, University Center of the Arts, and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

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01
Jan
US Department of Education Green Ribbon School

One of nine in the US to receive an inaugural Post-Secondary Institutions Green Ribbon School Award from the US Department of Education.

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01
Jan
First Sustainability Strategic Plan Written

President’s Sustainability Committee creates first Sustainability Strategic Plan to support university’s Strategic Plan.

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01
Jan
Greenest College

Named greenest college in the country by bestcolleges.com.

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01
Jan
President’s Sustainability Commission established

President Frank names the committee one of three Presidential Commissions on campus.

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01
Jan
Top Performer in 2017 Sustainable Campus Index

CSU listed #4 overall and #1 for public engagement and research (tie) in the AASHE 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.

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01
Jan
Climate Reality Pledge

First major institution to sign Climate Reality Pledge, committing CSU to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Signed by CSU President Tony Frank.

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01
Jan
Campus Composting Expanded with Windrows

Campus composting expansion with the addition of windrow composting on the Foothills Campus (funded by University Facility Fee Advisory Board in 2016).

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01
Jan
STARS Platinum

CSU receives a Platinum rating in STARS for the second time from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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06
Jan
American Public Gardens Association

CSU became a member of the American Public Gardens Association in December.

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01
Jan
#1 Greenest University

CSU ranked number 1 Greenest University on bestcolleges.com.

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01
Jan
#4 Top Performing Institution for Sustainability

CSU ranked number 4 on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ranking for top sustainability institutions in the US and Canada.

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01
Jan
Bee Campus USA Certification

First university in the Rocky Mountain region to become certified as a Bee Campus USA.

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01
Jan
Living Wage Initiative Implemented

Living Wage Initiative sets $30,000 baseline for salaried employees, increasing the base for 385 employees across campus.

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02
Jan
Sierra Cool Schools

CSU earns the #4 spot on Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools Ranking for 2018.

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01
Jan
SIERRA COOL SCHOOLS

CSU earns the #9 spot on Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools Ranking for 2019.

01
Jan
First Female University President

The first female president of CSU, Joyce McConnell, is inaugurated and prioritizes sustainability.

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01
Jan
Platinum Bicycle Friendly University

Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation from League of American Bicyclists for the second time.

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06
Jan

CSU became a level II ArbNet Accredited Arboretum

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05
Feb
STARS Platinum

CSU submits the highest score ever submitted to STARS from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in the U.S. and is the only institution in the world to receive Platinum rating three times.

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