Office of Sustainability

Climate & Greenhouse Gases

Earth in hands

We value dynamic growth while continuing to be financially responsible, academically sound and environmentally sustainable. We meet the future with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to retaining a close, interconnected campus community (UCCS Values of Excellence).  UCCS is committed to sustainability and addressing climate change by mitigating our greenhouse gas emissions and successfully adapting to a resource and carbon-constrained planet .

In 2007, on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of UCCS, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  In doing so, she stated:

UCCS Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pie Chart Approx 60% from Electricity and Natural Gas

"We are in an era requiring leadership and innovative approaches to prepare our graduates for a rapidly changing global environment. UCCS seeks to play a pivotal leadership role in creating a culture of sustainability, providing both the knowledge and practices that students can carry with them into their lives after college. We are committed to a sustainability vision that builds on our early successes and utilizes all of our talents to create a legacy for future generations.

I signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment on behalf of faculty, staff, and students. To significantly reduce our carbon emissions and incorporate sustainability into the curriculum will take a concerted effort by the entire campus community. I invite all of the UCCS community to get involved in helping the campus to reduce its carbon footprint, model sustainable practices for our students, and provide curriculum that facilitates the leadership needed to address this era's significant challenges." Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

In response to the chancellor's directive, UCCS published its first Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive document that describes our strategies and goals for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and eventually achieving carbon neutrality.  To execute the plan, the university convened the Climate Advisory Board, consisting of administrators, faculty, staff and students, who are developing specific strategies, initiatives, and programs to meet our goals.  If you are part of the UCCS community, please contact the Office of Sustainability to get involved in this board and be part of UCCS' future.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Graphs trends show increase in overall campus emissions with decrease related to FTE and Squarefootage