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 board created task forces to tackle issues with legislation, social justice, and waste diversion on campus.
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
Fall 2020 meetings have been scheduled on Wednesdays at 6:30pm (MST) beginning at the start of August 2020, over zoom. Meetings are open to the public, join us! If you would like to join one of our meetings, please email email@example.com to be sent the agenda, and zoom link.
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.