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The impact of recycling on climate change

Dec. 15, 2023

When considering climate change mitigation and reducing your carbon footprint, you probably think of driving less and turning out the lights. But did you know that organic and inorganic waste is also a massive contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions? A zero-waste lifestyle keeps material out of landfills and reduces...

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A sustainable guide to thrifting

Dec. 15, 2023

Thrifting goes hand in hand with a sustainable lifestyle. With Americans throwing away over 13 million tons of clothing each year, fast fashion and overconsumption lead to excess waste in landfills, carbon emissions from textile manufacturing and depletion of resources. Thrifting promotes sustainability by diverting clothing from landfills for reuse...

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The impact of plastic on climate change

Dec. 15, 2023

It takes more than 1,000 years for plastic to decompose. Every plastic bottle, straw and container ever thrown away is still intact and somewhere on earth. The plastic problem affects every part of the planet, from the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. What is...

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Composting at CU – a student perspective

Dec. 14, 2023

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but a passion for sustainability drew me halfway across the country to CU Boulder. When I arrived here, I thought I had it all figured out. I recycled all my papers and plastics, used reusable containers and thrifted most of my clothes. However, shortly...

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Exploring the impact of climate anxiety

Oct. 18, 2023

Climate anxiety, also called eco-anxiety, is more common than most people know. It’s normal to worry and to be fearful for our collective futures regarding the consequences of climate change and how it will affect our lives. Climate anxiety can include feelings of grief, anger, guilt and shame and affect a person’s mood, behavior and thinking.

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Recap of President's Sustainable Solutions pitch night 2023

April 8, 2023

Last week, CU Boulder's Environmental Center hosted the 4th annual President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge event where three proposals were presented on how to make the campus more sustainable.

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How to prepare for a wildfire

March 9, 2023

Keep your household safe when wildfires strike with this quick guide to staying prepared.


CU Boulder: a sustainable leader and the place for you to discover your sustainable interests

Feb. 10, 2023

Sustainability and CU go hand-in-hand and have a long history together. CU has been a leader in climate research and sustainability practices on and off campus. Sustainability is a building block of both campus and the university system itself. CU has a number of sustainable accomplishments: First U.S university to:...

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Small actions to reduce your carbon footprint

Nov. 9, 2022

Sometimes reducing your carbon footprint can be a difficult and daunting task. Here are 20 small actions you can try on your new - or steadfast - journey to living more sustainably! Small actions make a big difference. Pick a couple to try below to get started.

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Riverblue documentary: Can fashion save the planet?

April 11, 2022

Learn more about the impact of fast fashion on river pollution.