Sustainability & Facilities Management: FAQ


What does CU/FM mean by "sustainability"?

The CU Facilities Management Department (FM) works behind the scenes to build and maintain an environmentally sustainable campus. To us, that means incorporating sustainable practices in our day to day operations, allowing us to significantly reduce the negative environmental impact of buildings that we build and operate and of the services that we offer to our campus customers.

What does "LEED certified" mean?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the U.S. Green Building Council's certification for sustainable buildings.

Which buildings on campus are LEED certified?

The following campus buildings are LEED certified:

LEED Platinum

  • Baker Hall
  • Basketball/Volleyball Practice Facility
  • Center for Community
  • Institute of Behavioral Science
  • Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology
  • Williams Village


  • Andrews Hall
  • Arnett Hall
  • Buckingham Hall
  • JILA Addition
  • Kittredge Central
  • Kittredge West
  • Koelbel/Leeds School of Business
  • Smith Hall
  • Visual Arts Complex
  • Wolf Law

LEED Silver

  • University Memorial Center Addition
Where does CU recycling go?

Campus recycling is sent to G-ROC, the Grounds & Recycling Operations Center, here on campus. Watch this short film to see how it's all sorted - or go visit!

How do I learn more about CU's carbon footprint?

You can find CU's most recent progress report for the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) here.

How can I get involved with sustainability efforts on campus?

Check out all the ways the student-run Environmental Center lets you get involved in sustainability and environmental issues, right here on campus!

How much energy does CU consume?

You can learn about CU's energy consumption by visiting this page.