Sustainability: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Sustainability. The following are their responses:

Create

• Outdoor ed in Community Student driven to outreach to elem/middle/senior schools

•More Water Bottle filling stations

•The benefits need to exceed the costs in all that sustainability does. It does not make sense to build a department that cannot save the university more than what the university is paying to keep this department.

•Columbine Hall needs water bottle fillers at all water fountains (lab and office wings)

•Create programs that show people how and why, not shame them

•Use sustainability as a living classroom

•Provide free bikes for people to ride around campus.

•If they all end up in one spot (downhill) then truck them back up once a day.

•Create composting across campus

•All students should be required to take a sustainability course. Staff and faculty as well to remind us of the example we can and should set.

•Work with vendors to provide eco-friendly containers - i.e vending machines, food services. Packaging should be sustainable focused.

•Let's get composting going!

•All recyclable or biodegradable plates, forks, and glasses

•Free "loaner bikes" all over campus. Ride one, leave it, ride another. Maybe painted in UCCS colors

•Bulb recycling

•Collaborate with recycling center on 4th street

•Electronic recycling

•Add a campus zero emissions pledge by 2020.

•We should create a model sustainable community that the community, both local and wordwide can follow and learn from.

•Partnerships between sustainability and other campus departments on initiatives: ie: copy center (paper and toner), food service (composting), etc.

•A shuttle from downtown free for faculty and students.

•Work with IT in the server room and computer labs to lower power usage.

•Partner with campus colleges to form an element of the UCCS marketing and recruitment.

•Campaign the highlights.

•Sustainability as a major point of difference for UCCS as a school.

•Continue all the great efforts with recycling and sustainability. More work could be done in older buildings like Columbine Hall to bring them up to par with newer buildings.

•Bike sharing program

•More wind and solar power on campus

•More bus-friendly transportation options like better bus routes and free bus passes for students.

•Get more information out about savings of utilities etc.

•May be out there, but it is not readily visible.

•Close for a week at Christmas. Give employees this as a paid week, not vacation. This would save a ton of $ on utilities, water, tissue, and boost employee morale. Giving them time to spend with their families and prepare for the holiday. And save $ on expenses too!

•We should rename all trash containers to "Landfill" so that people know this is going to a non-sustainable site

•Broader recycling program to become a culture on campus.

•Eventually, a stronger Environmental Science program degree.

•Hand dryers in all bathrooms! Library has paper towel only. Also- water bottle fill spouts on drinking fountains.

•Recycle forks, knives, and spoons. Way to create environment to clean then recycle, or have real silverware?

•Better transportation system.

•Diversity of the environment. The foundation to grow on- not an "after thought". To create sustainability, we have to grow and continue to our home, neighborhood, and community.

•More LEED Certified Buildings!

•Gardens for food in campus eateries, more renewable energy (solar and wind) or buy into solarshare, green living dormitories - net zero waste, and composting too!

•Composting option for campus to reduce trash!

•More environmental research and natural science specific facilities

•Solar hot water heaters

•We should create an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Sustainability. We already have a large number of Sustainability courses listed for the sustainable development minor by providing a limited amount of funding for a part-time program director and use the already existing courses to create a new major.

•Try to work with city bus service ( if possible) to add or improve bus service routes and more streamlined routes to UCCS.

•Find a way to create bike pathways so riding students have a lane to stay within to reduce the dangers to walking students

•Create a program that can involve students ie: students from nutrition classes.

•Create a community garden on campus and locally grow produce on campus for convenience for faculty

•Program to eliminate paper hand towels in restrooms sustainable housing

•Offer more opportunities to share resources.

•Water spouts for water bottles or cups in every building on or near every fountain.

•We should create a better sustainability program. Better organized, its not as great as it could be.

•A safe way to cross Union - yes, there is the underground tunnel and bike path on the bridge, but these are not safe! As a woman alone walking home, a dark, lonely tunnel is dangerous. Traffic is too crazy on Austin Bluffs to use bike path - need a pedestrian bridge.

•A community garden!

•Students and faculty get a discount bus ticket to the campus.

•More parking solution: rent from neighborhoods

•Find large areas in close proximity to help with parking

•More healthy food choices at Jazzmans and Overlook

•Are there any ways to source food on campus more locally/ Sustainably?

•Be a model for the community (local and worldwide) in how to have a sustainable community. Let's show them what it looks like.

•Create a sustainability major.

•Create more parking. Now, parking is at a crisis level and will only continue to worsen as enrollment goes up. It is terrible for staff and students to pay to NOT find a parking space.

•Freshman seminar focusing on a student's impact on the global society

•We need to create mandatory recycling at all buildings. Also, update sinks and paper towel/hand dryers to create less waste.

•Add world community to the thinking of sustainability here at UCCS. Partner with internation organizations so that students are informed and we become a world presence.

•More renewable energy!

•Create more filling stations as we expand facilities.

•Rain sensing sprinkler systems to reduce water waste.

•Use reclaimed water to irrigate campus vegetation.

•Add a water dispenser in main hall for people who want to fill their water bottles.

•Cooperation with academic programs to create lessons that promote sustainability (composting in biology, green chemistry, recyclable materials for art).

•Sustainability should be added to our vision and values.

•A completely non-smoking campus

•A plan to recycle computers (currently they are destroyed when the campus is done with them)

•Solar panel farm

•Unlock the Osbourne center showers so we can use them so I can ride my bike or run to school. That's why we have them right?

Keep

•Leed Certification of new buildings and Remodels.

•Idea of sustainability help with education

•Buildings, recycling efforts

•Lots of recycling bins across campus

•We should keep the Bike to work day

•Keep going green! Solar and wind power!

•Online newsletters from admin. I wish more departments would use online publications

•Green Cleaning products!

•Keep Growing the office of sustainability. The added resources are used well and have created a more aware student body.

•Meeting LEED Standards on new buildings/renovations

•Grounds creations; i.e: Planting, beautification of campus, grass areas for students to sit.

•Continue to work on ways to reduce utility use

•Your Dept's passion for sustainability. So many positive outcomes have become so obvious in the past few years. Thanks and Good Job!

•Bike Jam!

•Keep making new building or remodels with LEEDS certification.

•Replace many power-hungry computers in library/labs with low-power ""net tops"" labeled for basic internet access, Office apps, etc.

•Recycling efforts- the big trash sorting day and the chalk messages along the spine are great!

•Keep up current efforts with recycling etc. We have come a long way and we don't want to backtrack.

•Keep encouraging people to be green.

•Keep Mount Trashmore

•Keep making all new buildings LEED Gold and more solar to existing campus

•Continue to increase emphasis on recycling

•Keep moving in the current direction of teaching sustainability ideas

•Linda Kogan and team are doing an amazing job on sustainability. They have so many new initiatives. Keep it up!

•Keep the terrific bike programs, they are great!

•I think Sustainability is doing an outstanding job! Great on campus awareness to those issues. Always remember to include FDC! =)

•Single Stream Recycling is Great! But: The various trashcans around campus, especially the "tupperware" ones are ugly. We should find classy cans. :)"

•Bike Month is great! More and better prizes!

•Kevin and Linda

• Recycling Program

•Improved operations

•Keep up innovative efforts and awareness of the efforts

•Continue in LEED green buildings

•Recycling

•Single Stream Recycling

•Battery Recycling

Discard

•Get rid of mailing paystubs. It's all online. Go green please!

•Use fluorescent bulbs safely.'

•Water waste on irrigation!

•The cost should never exceed the benefit.

•Print course schedule

•Practice of bagging grass clippings

•I know that LEED certifications are nice but expensive.

•You can still make buildings very efficient and good for the environment without the cost of getting it LEED certified.

•Paper mail ban for campus offices or at least some kind of incentive to go 100% electronic

•Get rid of so many fossil fuel vehicles. Use alternate fuel vehicles for the campus, offer incentives for carpooling and alt. fuel vehicles for staff, faculty, and students, and have more resources available on campus so that we don't need to leave.

•Fossil fuels! Lol, no j/k. Not sure. Good job!

•We need to discard a culture on campus that privileges economic savings in the short term (ie: do what is cheapest) and instead focus on our values to build a lasting and sustainable landscape and campus

•Stop trying to force people to be green (example: trying to stop bottled water on campus