UCCS is committed to being an environmentally responsible leader in higher education.
Our sustainability vision is to be an engaged learning community demonstrating leadership in our policies, programs and practices toward local and global ecological integrity, social equity, and economic vitality. To that end, we have sustainable initiatives and operations underway in the areas of campus building construction and use, energy usage, climate impact, food and water consumption, waste recycling and transportation.
For example, the Campus Recreation Center at UCCS is the first public building in southern Colorado to earn Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) gold certification status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Science & Engineering Building also earned LEED gold certification, and the Gallogly Event Center is currently under review for LEED gold certification.
In January 2009, UCCS moved to single-stream recycling. UCCS' longer term goal is to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2012. We are pursuing a number of initiatives to achieve this goal, including zero waste athletic events and other events on campus.
UCCS is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. We take seriously our role in protecting the environment through a variety of initiatives while still meeting guest needs and expectations.