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Ralphie’s Green Stampede continues to set the standard for waste diversion during 2023 football season

April 5, 2024

After sorting its millionth pound of waste and finishing first in the 2022 Pac-12 Zero Waste Competition, Ralphie’s Green Stampede headed into the 2023 season with new challenges as the Buffs gained thousands of new fans, selling out every home game.

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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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Recycling contamination

Dec. 15, 2023

Recycling is a tricky process that takes practice and vigilance since guidelines are often changing. According to EcoCycle , Boulder’s recycling company, there are some items that regularly contaminate their recycling machines. On campus, the Grounds and Recycling Operations Center (GROC) sorts through recycling to process them and ensure their...

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Composting 101

Dec. 15, 2023

Compost is the natural process of recycling organic matter into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. It is a significant part of the waste system that aids in fighting the climate crisis.

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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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Sustainable Halloween ideas

Dec. 14, 2023

Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. However, the excitement of the holiday can make it easy to ignore zero waste and sustainable habits as you decorate and celebrate. Costumes are often bought specifically for the holiday and then never worn again. And candy comes in small, individually wrapped...

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Ways to celebrate Earth Day

Dec. 14, 2023

Earth Day began in 1970 as more people in the United States and across the globe became aware of the environmental impact caused by humans. Before the 1970’s, many people considered air and water pollution a normal and expected part of life. Celebrating Earth Day each year is vital because...

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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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Tips for sustainable travel

Dec. 14, 2023

Travel can be exciting, but it can also negatively impact the environment. Whether you travel for vacation, to visit family or out of necessity, there are many ways to incorporate sustainable, eco-friendly practices into your travel plans. Here are some tips to help you stay green the next time you...

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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...