Founded in 1970 by students, The Environmental Center is the nation’s longest-standing, largest, and most accomplished student-led center of its kind—and one of the six original CU student government centers.

The Center supports the educational mission of the University by providing information on sustainability issues to students, faculty, staff, and the community.  The Center provides direct services to the University community, including the recycling program, the student bus pass and bicycle programs, and energy conservation and renewable energy programs.  The Center engages in the community with the environmental justice and earth education programs, and by sponsoring educational events.

  • Professional staff: 14 FTE
  • Student staff: > 150
  • Volunteers and interns: > 400
  • Facilities & Infrastructure: UMC (offices), Bike Stations (2), Recycling Operations Center, two all-electric trucks, rental bicycle fleet
  • Student fee budget: $1,095,887; Total budget: $1.31 million
  • Transportation student administrative fee budget: $5.5 million

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Our Mission

Established in 1970, the student-powered Environmental Center has evolved its leadership from advocacy to launching cutting edge techniques to expanding partnerships with campus and community organizations and, increasingly, to an innovative focus on student engagement. Our mission is to catalyze and facilitate sustainability culture and practices for the campus. Striving for environmental conservation, social equity and economic vitality, the Environmental Center’s continuing purpose is to:

Innovate: We spark, foster, and make happen new ideas from students and staff.

Educate: We offer educational and applied learning opportunities for campus and community.

Empower: We provide a platform for student leadership, engagement, and inclusion.

Collaborate: We cultivate and deliver sustainability programs with campus and community partners.

Our Values






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