Established in 1970, the student-powered Environmental Center serves as a catalyst and facilitator for a culture of sustainability at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Striving for environmental restoration, social justice and economic vitality, the Environmental Center's purpose is to:

  • Innovate.  The EC fosters new ideas for implementing sustainability.
  • Educate.  The EC informs the campus and community.
  • Empower.  The EC enables sustainability leadership.
  • Collaborate.  The EC cultivates sustainability programs in coordination with campus and community partners.
  • Leverage.  The EC adds significant financial resources and value. 

The Center provides direct services to the University community, including zero waste and recycling, student bus pass and bicycle programs, energy and water conservation, climate, and renewable energy programs.  The Center engages in the community with the environmental justice and earth education programs, and by sponsoring educational events.

 

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Founded by CU students, the 45-year-old 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, bicycle fleet
  • Student fee budget: $1,095,887; Total budget: $1.31 million
  • Transportation student administrative fee budget: $5.5 million