CSU is proud of its holistic approach to sustainability. From our Platinum-level bicycle friendly university to climate change research to sustainability-related majors and minors in all eight colleges, our land-grant University is leading the way to a greener future.
Strategic Planning and Assessment
- CSU’s Climate Action Plan (CAP): In 2010, Colorado State University released its first CAP to define a path towards climate neutrality. The CAP outlines strategies to guide the university to 75% reduction in carbon by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
- CSU’s STARS® Report: In 2015 CSU became the first university in the world to earn a Platinum rating in STARS
- Sustainability Strategic Plan: Outlines specific goals and objectives to achieve operational goals in our Climate Action Plan, but also to address the social justice and economic aspects of sustainability.
- 2016 Eco Literacy Assessment
- President’s Sustainability Commission: The President’s Sustainability Commission has the important role of providing the President and Cabinet a variety of perspectives on sustainability, energy, and the environment from various parts of the campus community.
- Green Firsts
- Centers, Institutes and Programs
Academics and Research
- Faculty and Research Experts
- Academics: Lists of sustainability majors, minors & courses offered at Colorado State University
- School of Global Environmental Sustainability: an umbrella organization encompassing all research and education that deals with the complex environmental, economic, and societal issues of sustainability
- Student Organizations in Sustainability
- Student Sustainability Center: SSC’s mission is to empower students to advance sustainability principles and practices at Colorado State University and Beyond
- Eco Leaders: A student group who help raise awareness about sustainability issues and encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors for an academic year
- Alternative Transportation
- Green Dining and Composting
Accolades and Achievements
- A 30-acre, 5.3-megawatt solar plant is one of the largest solar plants at a U.S. university and large enough to provide one-third of the power at CSU’s Foothills Campus.
- Colorado State is listed as one of nation’s greenest colleges in the The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” The list, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, is heralded as a one-of-a-kind resource because of its focus on colleges that demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability.
- In March 2015 and June 2017, Colorado State became the first university to earn a Platinum rating in STARS®, a comprehensive national survey of higher education institutions dedicated to sustainability, for two consecutive submissions. STARS is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System — developed by AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
- In March of 2012 as well as 2013, Colorado State was selected as one of the final four universities in the first-ever “March Madness Tournament for Environmental Studies,” a competition assessing universities’ environmental education programs.
- Colorado State was designated an Official Tree Campus USA. CSU was honored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America Inc. for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and communities in conversation about urban tree care.