Published: June 13, 2017


"Where is Colorado's 2017 Climate Action Plan?", asks Shelly Miller, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and faculty member of the Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Researchers and educators from Colorado high education institutions have teamed up to take matters into their own hands and demand an updated climate action plan that moves beyond the 2015 climate action plan and includes measurable goals that are subject to deadlines. As a member of the project’s organizing committee, Miller has been collaborating with faculty and staff members from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder to call for more aggressive action on climate change at the Colorado State level.

This week a letter was sent to Governor Hickenlooper calling on him to “urgently release a 2017 Climate Action Plan with specific, measurable goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the state level and enhance adaptive capacity in Colorado communities.”

This letter was written in a collaboration between Colorado State University (CSU) and University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and signed by faculty from 15 Colorado higher education institutions with 277 signatories. The institutions represented are:

  1. CU-Boulder

  2. CSU

  3. CU-Denver

  4. School of Mines

  5. DU

  6. CU-Colorado Springs

  7. Fort Lewis

  8. Colorado College

  9. Pikes Peak Community College

  10. Western State

  11. UNC

  12. Metro State

  13. Colorado Mesa

  14. CSU-Pueblo

  15. Adams State

Read more about this collaborative effort here.