Colorado Agricultural College (later renamed Colorado State University) established as a land grant institution by President Lincoln’s Morrell Act.
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.
Farmer’s Institute founded as a precursor to Cooperative Extension Service.
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.
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.
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.
Board approves a resolution calling for forest conservation.
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.
Congress provides 1,600 acres of land to establish the CSU Mountain Campus in Pingree Park.
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.
Margaret Durward becomes first female principal of the School of Agriculture.
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”.
During WWII, students volunteer to cultivate “war crops” to help with farm labor shortages.
Name change to Colorado State University and federal Soil Bank selects CSU for forest nursery facility.
US Department of Agriculture establishes a National Seed Storage Laboratory at CSU.
CSU faculty member Maurice L. Albertson lays the groundwork for the Peace Corps after meeting Congressman Henry S. Reuss at a conference in Washington.
George Van Dyne, a Colorado A&M Alumni, establishes the Natural Resource Ecology Lab.
Recycling program officially established in Facilities Management.
Composting collection begins on campus with Hageman Earth Cycle.
CSU commits to the 10-point action plan for colleges and universities committed to promoting education for sustainability and environmental literacy.
Classrooms in Guggenheim Hall Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver. First classrooms on any university campus to achieve LEED CI certification.
First Vice President for Energy and Environment hired and the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Advisory Committee formed in 2009.
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability is established.
CSU signs the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.
First solar PV arrays installed on campus (Engineering Building, Academic Village, and Chrisman Field).
CSU participates as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) pilot institution.
CSU adopts its first Climate Action Plan, committing CSU to climate neutrality by 2050.
CSU submits its first STARS report, earning a Gold rating.
In-vessel composter, OSCAR, arrives at the CSU Foothills Campus, establishing an on-site living compost lab.
CSU becomes a certified Tree Campus USA through the Arbor Day Foundation.
CSU submits the highest score ever submitted to STARS, earning a second Gold rating.
First institution to offer a Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting degree.
SEEAC becomes President’s Sustainability Committee.
First institution in the world to earn a STARS Platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
CSU receives a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation from League of American Bicyclists.
The Pavilion in Laurel Village and the Powerhouse at the Powerhouse Energy Campus become the first LEED Platinum certified buildings at CSU.
CSU earns the #4 spot on Sierra Magazine Coolest Schools Rankings for 2015.
Solar PV arrays installed on Student Recreation Center, Parmelee and Edwards Halls, University Center of the Arts, and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
One of nine in the US to receive an inaugural Post-Secondary Institutions Green Ribbon School Award from the US Department of Education.
President’s Sustainability Committee creates first Sustainability Strategic Plan to support university’s Strategic Plan.
Named greenest college in the country by bestcolleges.com.
President Frank names the committee one of three Presidential Commissions on campus.
CSU listed #4 overall and #1 for public engagement and research (tie) in the AASHE 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.
First major institution to sign Climate Reality Pledge, committing CSU to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Signed by CSU President Tony Frank.
Campus composting expansion with the addition of windrow composting on the Foothills Campus (funded by University Facility Fee Advisory Board in 2016).
CSU receives a Platinum rating in STARS for the second time from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
CSU became a member of the American Public Gardens Association in December.
CSU ranked number 1 Greenest University on bestcolleges.com.
CSU ranked number 4 on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ranking for top sustainability institutions in the US and Canada.
First university in the Rocky Mountain region to become certified as a Bee Campus USA.
Living Wage Initiative sets $30,000 baseline for salaried employees, increasing the base for 385 employees across campus.
CSU earns the #4 spot on Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools Ranking for 2018.
The first female president of CSU, Joyce McConnell, is inaugurated and prioritizes sustainability.
Platinum Bicycle Friendly University designation from League of American Bicyclists for the second time.
CSU became a level II ArbNet Accredited Arboretum
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.
150 trees were planted on CSU’s campus to celebrate the 150th birthday of CSU and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The largest ground-source heating and cooling system in Colorado, and one of the largest in the western United States (dubbed GeoX) has been completed on CSU’s campus.
Colorado State University was featured in the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index as the #1 Top Performing Doctoral Institution and also achieved top 10 in 7 other categories.
CSU earns the #7 spot on Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools List.
CSU was recognized on the 2021 Princeton Review Green Honor Roll by receiving a score of 99 (the highest possible score) in our Green Rating tallies this year.