About the Board

Back Row: Dave Newport, Travis Torline, Kathy Noonan, Bianca Dibbern, Chandler Sanchez, Alex Meldrum

Front Row: Madison Gile, Meri Kittila, Zachary Schwarz, Abigail Scheuermann

The Environmental Board, a joint board of the CU Student Government (CUSG), helps CU students make the Boulder campus a greener, more socially just place by overseeing the activities, budget, and programs of the nation's largest student-run environmental center.  As the board of the Environmental Center, as CUSG service center, we work directly with students and administrators to catalyze change.

The Environmental Board has recently advised on the evolution of campus recycling and zero waste, instilling energy conservation habits through outreach, and developing and expanding sustainable transportation.   We administer the Sustainable CU fund, which supports student-led, innovative capital projects that promote sustainability on the CU campus.   Recently, the CU Campus adopted an integrated pest management plan, due in large part to the efforts of some of the Board's recent graduates.   The plan phases out pesticide use on the CU Boulder campus over the next several years.

The Board works closely with CUSG and Legislative Council.  In addition to representatives from each of those bodies, the board consists of:

  • Seven student voting members
  • Two community (non-student) voting members
  • Permanent ex-officio members (Environmental Center permanent staff)
  • An unlimited number of nonvoting, elected ex officio members

Joining the Board

Would you like to advocate for campus environmental policy, determine funding for innovative sustainability projects, get practical experience, and meet other environmentally concerned students?

If you are interested in joining the Environmental Board, you must attend three consecutive meetings to be approved by the board.

For a summary of selected programs and initiatives funded or implemented by the Environmental Board, see Selected Program Summaries.

Meeting minutes from the current academic year are posted below.

2019-20 Academic Year Meeting Schedule

Fall 2019 semester meetings have been scheduled on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm beginning at the start of January 2020 in the Environmental Center (UMC 355).  Meetings are open to the public, join us!

 

2019-20 Board Roster

See a list of current Board members here.

Contact the Environmental Board by e-mail.

 

Bylaws

View the bylaws of the Environmental Board

 

Selected Program Summaries

Sustainable CU
In the spring of 2005, students voted to dedicate a portion of student fees to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and other innovative projects to reduce the campus¹ impact on climate and environment.  Sustainable CU funds are used for: capital investment, the purchase of infrastructure necessary for the initiatives, installation of capital projects, educational displays related to the capital projects, and any other non-staff operating costs associated with the initiatives.   Environmental Board members review Sustainable CU fund applications and decide how to distribute funding.  

The Environmental Board accepts small grant proposals on a rolling basis, and accepts large grants during two application cycles, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. 

 Application instructions and examples of previously funded projects can be found at the Sustainable CU website.

Integrated Pest Management Task Force

The Environmental Center has been engaging with Facilities Management (FM) and Housing and Dining Services (HDS) as part of a six month task force to move the campus to pesticide reduction in the short term and pesticide removal in the long term.  The Task Force has recently completed its report and recommendations, which call for a graduated pesticide reduction leading to pesticide elimination over a six year period for campus turf and grass spaces, with similar reductions of pesticide application to shrub, bush, and parking lots.  The plan focuses on reductions in the highest student use areas first, and will significantly reduce chemical exposure to students, faculty and staff in its first year of implementation, with substantial environmental and ecosystem benefits realized within the first five years of the program.  The complete report is currently being approved by the E-Center, FM and HDS leadership, and will be posted for public review in the near future.

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