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Elizabeth "Bets" McNie, PhD

Aug. 19, 2015

CU Environmental Center staff member Taylor Cannon interviewed Dr. McNie about her life, career and passions for this issue of the Monthly Newsletter. Dr. McNie is a Research Scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado at Boulder,...

2016 Sustainability Awards!

Aug. 18, 2015

CU-Boulder’s annual sustainability awards program started in 1997. Outstanding efforts make CU-Boulder’s successful and challenging approaches to attaining sustainability possible. The long list of awardees over the past 20 years exemplify CU-Boulder’s continuing efforts to be a leader in sustainability. For more information on the awards program or on the...

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Campus Pollinator Garden

Aug. 18, 2015

Originally Published: April 18, 2015 In the summer of 2014, CU-Boulder installed the University’s first landscape designed for and dedicated to pollinators. The landscape consists of barberry, currant, monarda, spirea, rudbeckia, yarrow, gooseberry, catmint, and lavender- all of which should tolerate and beautify the roadside conditions. The first phase was...

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Student Job Openings- Apply Now!

Aug. 18, 2015

Originally Published: April 21, 2015 Apply now for fall student jobs with the CU Environmental Center! Click here to see job descriptions and to fill out an online employment application. FALL OPENINGS Applications submitted by July 27 receive priority, but you may still apply at this time in case positions...


Boulder Bound Green Packing List

Aug. 18, 2015

Join the herd. 89% of CU Boulder students try to make environmentally sustainable choices in the way they live. Here are some tips for your school supplies. Reduce Start shopping in your own closet! Collect supplies you already have Host a back-to-school clothing or supplies swap with your friends Consider...

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

Aug. 17, 2015

Originally published online: July 22, 2013 Carbon Emissions Inventory for the University of Colorado Boulder Campus click here for: Tulane University Greenhouse gas Inventory Introduction In the United States, 98% of carbon dioxide is emitted as the result of the combustion of fossil fuels. Consequently, carbon dioxide emissions and energy...

Making Earth Day Everyday on Campus

Aug. 17, 2015

Originally published online: July 22, 2013 Publications : Earth Day, Every Day Making Earth Day Everyday on Campus I still remember my graduate school adviser shaking his head back in the spring of 1990, complaining about all of the time I was spending organizing for Earth Day, and telling me...

Can CU Grow Without Adding Cars?

Aug. 17, 2015

Original Web Publishing Date: July 22, 2013 By Will Toor | November 1999 The answer may well be yes, based upon the experience at other major research institutions around the country. Stanford University has grown by 2 million square feet of new building space since 1991, a 20% increase, without...

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Global warming's terrifying new math

July 1, 2012

Rolling Stone (July 2012) If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

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IPCC Special Report - Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disaster to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

March 18, 2012

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (March 2012) The character and severity of impacts from climate extremes depend not only on the extremes themselves but also on exposure and vulnerability. In this report, adverse impacts are considered disasters when they produce widespread damage and cause severe alterations in the normal functioning of communities or societies.