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Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day sustainably

Feb. 12, 2024

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to do something nice for anyone in your life you appreciate! As you celebrate, remember to keep sustainability in mind. Why leave the planet out? Valentine’s Day is heavily commercialized, with stores carrying a wide array of chocolates, cards, flowers and stuffed animals. While...

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How to cultivate an eco-conscious mentality in a material world

Dec. 15, 2023

Living an eco-conscious lifestyle rather than one of consumerism is essential to lower your carbon footprint and demonstrate dedication to sustainability. You can consider how your actions impact the environment and your overall well-being and determine if you want to make changes. Break the convenience habit Convenience products, like takeout...

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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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Ways to reduce food waste

Dec. 14, 2023

In the United States, 103 million tons of food are wasted annually, with the average person generating one pound of food waste daily. Food waste includes any edible food that is discarded instead of being consumed. While often discussed in climate change conversations, reducing food waste also impacts other areas...

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CU Boulder's zero waste program crushing cardboard waste: 40,000 pounds of cardboard diverted from landfill

Dec. 12, 2023

The week before classes start is always a busy and exciting time for campus, over 7000 students move into the residence hall during this time. This year the Zero Waste program provided recycling services for over a dozen welcome events, recycled 20 tons of cardboard and film plastic, and sponsored...

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Empowering college students: the vital role of energy conservation in shaping a sustainable future

Dec. 12, 2023

Boulder, a city known for its natural wonders and commitment to sustainability, presents an incredible opportunity for college students to actively participate in building a greener future. As we navigate our academic journeys, we can also shape ourselves into environmentally conscious community leaders who inspire positive change.

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Powering change: participate in the AWorld Challenge for a greener tomorrow

Dec. 12, 2023

In a world where the significance of energy conservation echoes louder than ever, the call to action has never been more important. Luckily, CU Boulder is offering two guiding beacons of change for students and staff alike. CU is hosting a two-month long A world challenge built around energy conservation...

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The power of individual actions: rethinking your carbon footprint

Dec. 12, 2023

The term 'carbon footprint' echoes in our ears as a familiar buzzword, but grappling with how to minimize it can be a daunting task. Seeking support from your community can transform this task into a more accessible and rewarding endeavor.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle like a Sustainable Buff

May 4, 2023

Sam, a Sustainable Buff and CU Boulder student, talks about the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Common misconceptions about food waste: what it is and how to reduce it

April 4, 2023

Learn about food waste and how to reduce it in your daily life. Discover common misconceptions, top wasted foods and tips for composting.