Get Involved

Students use CU as a living laboratory to examine social, political, and environmental issues both on campus and in the broader Colorado community. Environmental Center students lead projects through which they learn to analyze sustainability challenges, propose creative solutions, and effectively implement these solutions. Many of these student projects have led to social and operational change at the University of Colorado Boulder.

There are a few ways to get started....

Ready to jump in? Sign yourself up for the CU Environmental Center Sustainability Leadership Initiative! It is a fast and comprehensive introduction to various sustainability fields, community involvement, and of course, the CU Environmental Center. Beginning with an informational tour of the Environmental Center office, UMC Bike station, and Recycling Operations Center (ROC), participants will dive headfirst into the behind­-the­-scenes operations of one of the nation’s leading organizations in campus sustainability. Throughout the program, students will partake in Ralphie’s Green Stampede, the nation’s first Zero Waste collegiate sporting event, disseminate recycling knowledge to residence halls with the Recycling Dorm Storms, help increase the energy efficiency of the wider Boulder community with the Energy Green Teams, help the Promotions team spread the news about sustainability, and wrap it all up with a short blog about the experience, to be published on the E­Center website!

Upon the culmination of the Sustainability Leadership Initiative, students will be presented with a certificate in Sustainability Leadership, will have gained useful experience, skills and knowledge about sustainability topics, established valuable connections and potential references, have material to put on a resume, and have opened up future job opportunities! As an extra bonus, each participant will receive an E­Center t­shirt to commemorate their contribution to campus sustainability.  

CU Boulder Green Stampede Volunteers

OR, if you would like to start by simply learning more about sustainability on campus and the city of Boulder, sign up for our Environmental Center newsletters.  The Opportunities Newsletter, which is published once a week, is an extensive collection of upcoming Environmental Center, campus, and broader community opportunities, scholarships, internships, and information to develop you personally and professionally.   

 Sign up now!

“Getting involved" can also mean sitting on our Environmental Board, joining a campus club, working an internship for class credit, or applying for a job with us.  

Don't forget that attending events is another way to find your passions, broaden your intellectual horizons, and build your network.  

    You can get in touch with the Outreach & Engagement Coordinators at, call us at 303.492.8308, or stop by UMC 355 during business hours, Monday-Friday.  We look forward to meeting you! 

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