Green Living Guide

The CU Buffs Green Living Guide is a resource for students, faculty and staff who wish to live more sustainable lives. This comprehensive guide is full of eco-conscious facts and tips for reducing your carbon footprint on a daily basis. 

Topics include Green Transportation, Zero Waste, Energy & Water, and Sustainable Spending. Click here to download the full Green Living Guide!

Green Transportation

Green Transportation is the first step toward a sustainable lifestyle. Whether you choose to walk, bike, skateboard, scooter or ride the bus to school, you’re making a difference! 

Did you know that if just 20% of students living within two miles of school were to bike or walk instead or driving, it would reduce 356,000 tons of CO2 emissions and 21,500 tons of other pollutant emissions? 

Fortunately, you can help reduce emissions by leaving the car at home and choosing a cleaner, greener mode of transportation on your trek to campus.

Zero Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reducing, reusing, composting and recycling are cost-efficient, easy ways to achieve your zero-waste goals.

Fact: the energy saved by recycling just one glass bottle would run a computer for 30 minutes.

You can reduce waste by typing your notes instead of writing them, purchasing recycled school and office supplies, and choosing eBooks over hard copies. Use a compost box to turn your biodegradable waste into mulch for your herb garden.

Energy & Water 

Reducing your energy and water usage will save you money and save the planet. In Colorado, clean water is a precious resource that is quickly depleting. Preserve that resource for generations to come!

Did you know that a faucet that drips once each second can waste ten gallons of water a day?

Be sure to check faucets and pipes regularly for leaks, and conserve water by taking shorter showers, turning the water off while you brush your teeth, and collecting rainwater to hydrate your garden.

Sustainable Spending

Spending wisely will save you money and reduce the amount of waste you generate.

Fact: Boulder shoppers support a fee starting in July 2013 for 10 cents per shopping bag. The fee applies to all paper and plastic bags at food retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and Target.

Don’t wait for the law to be implemented! Bring your reusable bags to the store to keep plastic bags out of landfills. Walk, bike or ride the bus to the store to save gas and avoid spending too much. Replace one of your weekly purchases with an organic, local alternative.

Find more facts and tips in the CU Buffs Green Living Guide. Click here to download the full Green Living Guide!