Published: Oct. 30, 2016
  • Move Out

The annual "Give & Go" Donation Drive during student Move Out in the Residence Halls on campus generated 26 tons of Reusable Items (clothing, bedding, fans, lamps, storage items, etc), 2,258 pounds of donated food, and 1,128 pounds of Personal Care Products, for a total of 27.7 tons of material diverted from the landfill and put back to use.  Salvation Army helped collect and repurpose the reusable items and all the Food and Personal Care Products went to Emergency Family Assistance. 

  • Bolder Boulder

Being one of the largest 10K running races in the nation with over 50,000 runners participating, the 2016 BB was an impressive zero waste success, reaching an 81% diversion rate!  To reach this level of waste diversion, the following materialswere collected: over 8 tons of recycling, over 4 tons of compost, and almost 6 tons of donated lunches (through Community Food Share).  Only 4.4 tons of trash was sent to the landfill.  Thanks to the BB staff and race participants for such a great zero waste race effort!

  • Dead & Company Concert

The return of summer concerts at Folsom Field with the Dead & Company playing a 2 night run on July 2/3 has also led to an impressive waste diversion effort, with over 85% of the total waste diverted from the landfill!   245 Staff hour and 130 volunteer hours has led to capturing 5 tons of recycling (cans/bottles) and 3.5 tons of compost.  Thanks to a partnership with CU Recycling and CU Athletics, zero waste efforts at the Folsom Stadium are a success for large scale concerts!

  • Ralphie's Green Stampede: Zero Waste Football     

Although we don't have any preliminarily numbers from the 2016 season, zero waste practices are in place for ALL the home football games at Folsom Stadium and we hope to beat our 2015 season average of 83%.  Lots of people partner to make this a success, including CU Athletics, Facilities Management, CU Environmental Center, Levy Restaurants, and Parking and Transportation.  Also, lots of volunteer groups have helped out as "Zero Waste Goalies" to stand at our waste stations and educate fans about proper zero waste practices.  Special thanks go out to the following groups who have volunteers at the home football games to help make zero waste a success:

  • Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Service Fraternity
  • CU Swim and Dive Team
  • NRHH
  •  International English Center 


Meet Angie Gilbert, Zero Waste Events Coordinator 

Angie recently joined the Environmental Center in the Fall of 2015 as the Zero Waste Events Coordinator. She graduated in 2002 in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. It was a great fit to return to Boulder as and alum to further her career in the sustainability field. 

Since 2010, Angie has worked with ESPN developing programs for waste reduction, environmental education and sustainable practices in television production. Her focus has been on programs that further the message of environmental responsibility and stewardship in the sports and entertainment community. Prior events include Winter and Summer X Games, The ESPYS, College GameDay, Disney Earth Day, ESPN W Summit, Monday Night Football, Next Superbowl Party, College Bowl Games, Little League World Series and College Football Playoffs. Each of these events has helped Angie develop unique strategies to implement sustainable practices.

As the Zero Waste Events Coordinator, she currently works closely with CU Football, CU Basketball and numerous other events on campus to continue the mission of zero waste at collegiate events. She has an knowledgeable support staff of students and professionals that support the many events to create zero waste success. She also works with the Recycling Operation Facility (ROC) which provides the avenue to process all the event collections.

When she's not sorting recycling she can be found enjoying all that Colorado has to offer such as camping, hiking and skiing. She enjoys traveling, rugby and lacrosse (CU club athlete) and of course all things that are friendly to the planet. 

Zero Waste at YOUR Event 

Are you holding an event for your office, group, or for the campus community?  The Environmental Center can help by working with you on the event process, from material purchasing to waste collection.  Here are a few things you need to have in order to hold an actual Zero Waste Event:

    • Purchase the correct compostable and/or recyclable serving ware
    • Work with any vendors to bring compostable/recyclable items
    • Zero Waste training for your staff (can be quick and easy on day of event)
    • Establish waste collection for the materials served (compost/recycle bins)
    • Work with Environmental Center staff to set up, service, and collect waste bins and materials

We are currently in the process of developing a Zero Waste Event form and resource page on our website, so check back at the following address soon for more info:

Join Ralphie's Green Stampede!  

When: November 3, November 11, November 26

Join Ralphie's Green Stampede at home football games and help us keep Folsom a zero-waste stadium. Volunteers get free entrance to the game, a meal and a T-Shirt for staffing zero-waste stations throughout the stadium to educate football fans about the importance and impact of composting and recycling. Volunteers are on the front line to divert waste from the landfill, helping us get to our goal of 90 percent diversion. Come as an individual, with friends or as an organization and check out what the zero-waste excitement is all about.  There are three Buffs home games left and with record attendance, we have even more need for volunteers! 

Sign up Here!