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Congratulations to the Campus Sustainability Awards winners

Nov. 13, 2023

The University of Colorado wishes to recognize outstanding efforts toward continuing the leadership and legacy of sustainability at CU Boulder. Since 1997 the Annual Campus Sustainability Awards have recognized individuals, departments and offices that have made a significant contribution to reducing the ecological footprint and increasing the resilience of campus...

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President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge recap

April 18, 2022

All of the presentations at the 2022 President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge had one goal: to make CU more sustainable.

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Finalists announced for the 2022 President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge

April 10, 2022

At the SSC Pitch Night on April 14, the five finalists will present their ideas for improving environmental quality, resource efficiency and social equity on campus in front of a panel of judges and an audience of community members.


AI robotics in recycling

April 6, 2022

Each year, over 90 million tons of recyclable materials end up in U.S. landfills. The inefficiency of the recycling system in the U.S. is largely due to contamination , or the disposal of non-recyclable materials into the recycling stream. It is estimated that, on average, one in every four items...

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The future of zero waste living: sustainable architecture

Feb. 7, 2022

Moving towards more sustainable architecture would have many positive impacts on the environment.

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Plastic eating mushrooms: a viable solution to plastic decomposition

Nov. 4, 2021

The Pestalotiopsis genus of fungi is capable of degrading certain forms of plastic, making it a viable solution to eliminate some plastics from landfills.

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Biomaterials: what is SCOBY leather?

Nov. 4, 2021

SCOBY -- symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast -- could transform the leather industry.

earthship house in New Mexico

Earthships: the zero waste, off-the-grid and sustainable homes of the future

Oct. 20, 2021

Imagine this. You’ve taken a wrong turn off U.S. Route 64 in northern New Mexico and suddenly find yourself on what seems to be an alien planet - a grouping of strange, organically shaped buildings located in the middle of nowhere. The buildings are low to the ground, horseshoe-shaped and...

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Lab grown meat: an emerging industry

Oct. 20, 2021

Lab grown meat sounds like a concept for the distant future, but with modern technology, it is closer than ever to being on your dinner table. Lab grown meat , or cultured meat, is produced when stem cells from an animal are taken and grown in vitro or in a...

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Bioplastics: are they as good as they seem?

March 10, 2021

While bioplastics have been advertised as being the savior of the world’s plastic pollution issues, bioplastics too, have some issues of their own. Bioplastics are made, at least partially, of plants. This means that land must be used to grow the plants that are used. They are also frequently made...