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CU-Boulder continues to build a strong campus community, increase teaching and research capacity, improve technology, and complete renovations to current facilities through a variety of initiatives.
CU-Boulder has six decades of environmental leadership. A few of the many efforts include creation of a conservation education major in 1951, the nation’s first student-led environmental center established in 1970, the nation’s first collegiate student-led recycling program, and the nation’s first student-negotiated prepaid bus passes in 1991, among others.
CU-Boulder has been named one of the top 15 campuses in the nation for sustainability by the Sustainable Endowment Institute.
In 2008, Folsom Field became the first major sports stadium in the nation to collect all materials in recycling or compost containers, eliminate trash cans, and transform its materials collections systems into a zero-waste process.
The University of Colorado Student Government requires all student-funded food/dining events to be zero waste.
A growing number of buildings on campus meet the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
- CU-Boulder was the first university or college in the nation to rank "gold" through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System, or STARS. STARS is a system developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, with broad participation by sustainability directors and other members of the higher education community.