Principles of CU’s Commitment to Zero Waste

CU’s goal is to reach Zero Waste by 2025, which is consistent with Boulder County and the State of Colorado.  Although 90 percent diversion is a typical Zero Waste goal, there are numerous principles that guide daily progress at CU.

1.    Shared Responsibility

2.    Accurate Economics

3.    Balances a Triple Bottom-Line

4.    Cornerstone of Climate Action Plans

5.    Emphasis on Precycling

6.    Design for Diversion

7.    High Diversion

8.    Highest and Best Use

9.    Preference for Environmentally Preferable Products

10.  Higher Education Involvement

CU's Zero Waste Policies

CU Master Plan Goal

CU Student Government Legislation

State Zero Waste Goal




For a comprehensive set of zero waste resources, visit CU's Zero Waste Resource Center, in collaboration with the NRC's Campus Council