One Million Acts of Green is a tool for CU-Boulder students, faculty, staff and alumni to build individual sustainability plans, track and report progress, and see the impact of their commitments and measure carbon footprint reduction. There are more than 100 sustainability actions to choose from. Participants may select eco-friendly actions they do at home and/or on campus and those that they plan to do.
The CU-Boulder One Million Acts of Green platform is now available for ALL CU-Boulder faculty, staff, students and alumni. For each faculty, staff or student who participates in One Million Acts of Green, the University of Colorado at Boulder will also work to further improve its carbon footprint and sustainability performance. The Office of Campus Sustainability will match each new participant (up to 500 faculty and staff and up to 500 students) by committing funding of $10/participant toward campus sustainability projects, up to a total of $10,000. Participants will receive a brief follow up questionnaire after creating their One Million Acts of Green profile. On this follow-up survey, participants may select what types of projects and issues are of highest interest to fund. These preferences will help the campus better understand where to focus sustainability efforts and funding.
Get started today! View the Instructions tab on the One Million Acts of Green platform for more information and for suggested actions.
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 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.
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!