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
- 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.
- 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. The CAP is a living document and updated on a bi-annual cycle. This is the January 2018 update.
- CSU’s STARS® Report: In 2015, CSU became the first university in the world to earn a Platinum rating in STARS. CSU received a Platinum rating again in 2017.
- 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 from an environmental, economic, and social justice lens.
- School of Global Environmental Sustainability: University-wide school to address environmental challenges on a global scale through broad-based research, curricular, and outreach initiatives.
Student Sustainability Center: University-wide, student-run organization that empowers students to advance sustainability practices and principles on and beyond CSU’s campus
ASCSU Environmental Affairs: Student government environmental affairs office
- Centers, Institutes and Programs: Multiple entities across campus that provide subject-matter expertise
- 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
- 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.
- CSU was the first major higher education institution to sign the Climate Reality Pledge in January 2017, committing the university to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
- Princeton Review ranked CSU #8 on their 2017 list of Top 50 Green Colleges.
- Sierra Club Cool Schools 2017 ranked CSU #11.
- BestColleges.com lists CSU as #1 on their 2017 Greenest College rankings.
- Chronicle of Higher Education named CSU the #1 Top Performing Institution for Sustainability in 2016.
- CSU was one of only nine inaugural honorees for the U.S. Department of Education Postsecondary Sustainability Awards in 2015.
- The League of American Cyclist named CSU a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University in 2015.
- Colorado State was designated an Official Tree Campus USA in 2012. 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.
- A 30-acre, 5.3-megawatt solar plant, installed in 2009 and 2010, is one of the largest solar plants at a U.S. university and large enough to provide one-third of the electricity for CSU’s Foothills Campus.