Published: April 24, 2020

aluminum containers

In September, the Engineering Center became the first building on campus to go plastic-free for single-use beverage containers. 

The move included replacing plastic containers in vending machines with glass or aluminum, and working with the Gravity Cafe coffee shop to stock compostable lids, straws and other service items. The college also worked with caterers and restaurants around Boulder to compile a list of vendors who agree not to use single-use plasticware. 

The plastic-free initiative coincided with the announcement of a partnership between Ball Corp.—a longtime partner of CU Engineering—and CU Boulder to introduce Ball’s recyclable aluminum cup at Folsom Field during the 2019 football season.