CUSG Environmental Board

About the Board

The Environmental Board, a joint board of the CU Student Government (CUSG), helps CU students make the Boulder campus a greener, more socially just place by overseeing the activities, budget, and programs of the nation's largest student-run environmental center.  As the board of the Environmental Center, as CUSG cost center, we work directly with students and administrators to catalyze change.

The Environmental Board has recently advised on the evolution of campus recycling and zero waste, instilling energy conservation habits through outreach, and developing and expanding sustainable transportation.   We administer the Sustainable CU fund, which supports student-led, innovative capital projects that promote sustainability on the CU campus.   Recently, the CU Campus adopted an integrated pest management plan, due in large part to the efforts of some of the Board's recent graduates.   The plan phases out pesticide use on the CU Boulder campus over the next several years.

The Board works closely with CUSG and Legislative Council.  In addition to representatives from each of those bodies, the board consists of:

  • Seven student voting members
  • Two community (non-student) voting members
  • Permanent ex-officio members (Environmental Center permanent staff)
  • An unlimited number of nonvoting, elected ex officio members

Joining the Board

Would you like to advocate for campus environmental policy, determine funding for innovative sustainability projects, get practical experience, and meet other environmentally concerned students?

If you are interested in joining the Environmental Board, please read the Application Process and Board Member Roles and Expectations documents below, then submit a copy of your resume and a brief cover letter to  You are encouraged to begin attending board meetings to become familiar with the board and demonstrate interest.  Voting positions become open on a semesterly to yearly basis as students graduate.  Preference is given to involved ex officio members who are familiar with current projects and internal procedures.

For a summary of selected programs and initiatives funded or implemented by the Environmental Board, see Selected Program Summaries.

Meeting minutes from the current academic year are posted below.

E-center Board Application Process

E-center Board Member Roles & Expectations

Fall 2014 Board Roster

There are current Environmental Board member openings.  See Board Application Process above for more information.

Student Voting Members

Andrew Iwashko
Boneth Ahaneku (Co-Chair)
Braeden Miguel
Jake Zimmerman
Rob Hollis
Sam Kaiser (Co-Chair)

Ex-Officio Members
Nevan Mandel
Rebecca Woythal

Contact the Environmental Board by e-mail.


View the bylaws of the Environmental Board

Selected Program Summaries

Sustainable CU

In the spring of 2005, students voted to dedicate a portion of student fees to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and other innovative projects to reduce the campus¹ impact on climate and environment.  Sustainable CU funds are used for: capital investment, the purchase of infrastructure necessary for the initiatives, installation of capital projects, educational displays related to the capital projects, and any other non-staff operating costs associated with the initiatives.   Environmental Board members review Sustainable CU fund applications and decide how to distribute funding.  

The Enviornmental Board is accepting small grant proposals the first Monday of every month, and accepts large grants during two grant cycles: Monday November 4th. 2013, and Thursday February 13th, 2014. 

 Examples of previously funded projects can be found at the Sustainable CU website.

Integrated Pest Management Task Force

The Environmental Center has been engaging with Facilities Management (FM) and Housing and Dining Services (HDS) as part of a six month task force to move the campus to pesticide reduction in the short term and pesticide removal in the long term.  The Task Force has recently completed its report and recommendations, which call for a graduated pesticide reduction leading to pesticide elimination over a six year period for campus turf and grass spaces, with similar reductions of pesticide application to shrub, bush, and parking lots.  The plan focuses on reductions in the highest student use areas first, and will significantly reduce chemical exposure to students, faculty and staff in its first year of implementation, with substantial environmental and ecosystem benefits realized within the first five years of the program.  The complete report is currently being approved by the E-Center, FM and HDS leadership, and will be posted for public review in the near future.

2013-14 Academic Year Meeting Schedule and Minutes

Meetings for the 2014 Spring Semester are held every Wednesday, 4pm-5pm in UMC Room 355.

April 30th, 2014 Minutes

April 21st, 2014 Minutes

April 16th, 2014 Minutes

April 9th, 2014 Minutes

March 19th, 2014 Minutes

March 12th, 2014 Minutes

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February 26th, 2014 Minutes

January 29th, 2014 Minutes

November 6th, 2013 Minutes

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October 23rd, 2013 Minutes

October 16th, 2013 Minutes

October 2nd, 2013 Minutes

September 25th, 2013 Minutes

September 18th, 2013 Minutes

September 11th, 2013 Minutes 

September 4th, 2013 Minutes

2012-13 Academic Year Meeting Minutes

April 22nd, 2013 Minutes

April 8th, 2013 Minutes

April 1st, 2013 Minutes

March 18th, 2013 Minutes

March 11th, 2013 Minutes

February 25th, 2013 Minutes

February 11th, 2013 Minutes

January 28th, 2013 Minutes

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December 6th, 2012 Minutes

November 29th, 2012 Minutes

November 8th, 2012 Minutes 

October 18th, 2012 Minutes

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October 4th, 2012 Minutes

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August 30th, 2012 Minutes

July 23rd, 2012 Minutes