Office of Sustainability

Climate Action Day

As part of the the world-wide Climate Action Day, UCCS hosted a '350 Climate Teach-In' in October of 2009. There were short films and faculty representing several departments, as well as a representative from Senator Bennett's office, discussed the various dimensions of climate change, followed by questions and discussion. Participants included students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Bike Jam

The Recreation Center, Department of Public Safety and the Office of Sustainability hosted a celebration of our favorite form of alternative transportation, bicycles! Many students, faculty and staff rode bicycles to school/work on a beautiful September day in 2009. Events included a breakfast for riders, costume contests, a campus cruise, and prizes for the longest ride to school (22 miles!), department with the most riders (GES), oldest bike, and most decorated bike. Prizes were generously donated by area businesses.

UCCS Earth Day 2009

The Office of Student Activities, in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Sustainability, hosted a celebration of the Earth during the annual ROAR Daze week. The event included an organic farmer's market, including hemp lotions, organic clothing, and all natural foods. As well, guest speakers from the Sustainable Development Minor and Colorado Springs Utilities talked about ways to "go green".

RecycleMania 2009

UCCS participated in RecycleMania, a friendly nation-wide recycling competition among institutes of higher education. The university finished 104th overall and 53rd among public institutions with a 26% recycling rate.

UCCS Sustainability Summit

UCCS hosted its first Sustainability Summit on October 15th, 2008. Five remarkable leaders in the local and global sustainability movement offered a wide range of topics and perspectives on sustainability to the campus and the community. The event included a local organic breakfast and lunch, sustainability awards, tables staffed by local organizations involved in sustainability activities, short films and more.

Solar Referendum

'Referendum #2: Solar Energy' passed with overwhelming support at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs during April 2008 campus elections. The student-initiated statute asked their peers to support a $5 fee per semester, to install solar panels on university buildings. This initiative is expected to generate more than $300,000 during its five-year duration. More than 76% of students who voted supported the fees.

Earth Day 2008

A number of representatives from UCCS and the Colorado Springs community came together to make this annual Earth Day event hosted by the Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS) a success. Vendors from the Colorado Farm and Art Market promoted local agriculture, the Mate Factor passed out refreshments and discussed sustainable living, the Transportation Office encouraged alternative transportation, the Student Diversity Council demonstrated social awareness for indigenous cultures, and the Sustainability Office showcased sustainable efforts around campus. In addition, exhibits on solar energy and organic food and a shanty town also made Earth Day productive and helped to attract hundreds of interested students to the always well-received event.

RecycleMania 2008

UCCS placed 41st overall and 17th among public institutions in its first time participation in RecycleMania, a friendly nation-wide competition among institutes of higher education, with a 25% recycling rate.

Focus the Nation

On January 31st, 2008, UCCS was one of 1,900 colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, faith organizations, civic groups, and businesses to participate in a nationwide discussion on global warming solutions. The day consisted of a panel of faith-based leaders from around the Colorado Springs community, a faculty panel represented by educators from across all UCCS colleges, and a student-led discussion that generated ideas to off-set a global warming trend. A production of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax by a local elementary school provided awareness and hope from a group of students who have much vested in global warming solutions. The day concluded with a presentation by the sustainability director at New Belgium Brewery who encouraged a sustainable atmosphere at UCCS and throughout Colorado. In addition, faculty across the campus conducted teach-ins focused on how global warming affects their discipline.

Thinking About the Next Millennium with Winona LaDuke

This event was a remarkable opportunity to speak to and listen from a prominent environmental and social activist. Students and faculty had the chance to speak with her in an intimate setting and learn ways to be a resistant and responsible global citizen. Discussion during the day was followed by an evening lecture and local food dinner with many UCCS student, faculty, and administration representatives.

Sustainability Day 2007

Renewable energy demonstrations, promoting biking in Colorado Springs, organic food, fair trade coffee, and LEED certified and sustainable food petitions were all part of this event held in the fall of 2007. The Sustainability Office, SEAS, and faculty and staff came together to promote individual sustainable practices that are intended to reduce human impact on the earth, and to raise awareness about the global implications of local choices.

Earth Day 2007

Free bike tune-ups, veggie burgers, music by Edith, food and energy petitions, ecological footprint calculations, and a commitment to "zero waste" by composting were all a part of this annual event hosted by Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS) and supported by the Student Government Association. The day's electricity was powered completely by solar energy and biodiesel provided by the CC Mobile Lab.

Let It Rip Recycling Kickoff- September 2007

Student groups SEAS, Student Government, and the student newspaper, the Scribe, teamed with the Sustainability Office to promote a renewed dedication to recycling on campus. Prizes were awarded for those who competed in recycling games, dumpsters were painted and signed by those who made a commitment to recycle, and recycling containers were dispersed throughout the campus.

Sustainability Day - 2006

In the early morning before classes, pumpkins and decorative gourds were shuffled around the tables and mixed in with pamphlets, computers, posters and petitions. The Colorado grown pumpkins, which had been carved the night before, held signs to advertise the first Campus Sustainability Day at UCCS. The event was hosted by the Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS). 

Earth Day - 2006

On April 20, 2006, the student club, SEAS (Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability), coordinated the annual Earth Day event on the Plaza at the University Center, an event that has grown significantly every year. 

Food and Recycling Petitions

Change a Light, Change The World Campaign

The Office of Sustainability and Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS) has made a commitment to save energy and help protect our environment. With the help of the UCCS community, we can do even more. We have partnered with ENERGY STAR on their national Change a Light, Change the World campaign. The goal for the UCCS community is to achieve 250 pledges to change at least one light bulb in your house from an incandescent bulb to an ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent. One ENERGY STAR bulb will save you approximately $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb and uses 2/3 less energy than a standard bulb.

Our goal is 250 pledges. As of December 1, 2006 UCCS has reached 57% of target. UCCS community members have made 142 pledges to purchasing 384 bulbs. These pledges so far have the potential to save 108,288 kWh of energy, $10,829 in energy costs, and prevent 170,880 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions

The Pledge takes less than one minute and is a simple, but vital method of getting more people to commit to reduce greenhouse gases and save energy resources.

Be part of our team and Pledge to make your next light one that's earned the government's ENERGY STAR® for excellence in energy efficiency.