An electric bicycle

15 CU staff members receive electric bikes

July 28, 2021

Community Cycles received one of five grants that allowed them to award electric bikes to front-line employees at CU Boulder.

Two fossils lay out on a table

Icy waters of 'Snowball Earth' may have spurred early organisms to grow bigger

July 28, 2021

A new study tackles one of the oldest questions in the history of the planet: How did living organisms get so big?

solar panels on campus rooftop

Chancellor names inaugural members of University Sustainability Council

July 27, 2021

The diverse group of 15 voting members includes faculty, staff and students, with members hailing from departments all across the campus, to help guide campus decision-making around sustainability initiatives and priorities.

Trees on Niwot Ridge

Extreme heat, dry summers main cause of tree death in Colorado’s subalpine forests

July 26, 2021

Even in the absence of bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire, trees in Colorado subalpine forests are dying at increasing rates from warmer and drier summer conditions.

CU Boulder compost bin

Compost: A quick win among divertible waste

July 14, 2021

Over the last few months, Facilities Management and Campus Building Services teams, in conjunction with the Environmental Center, have finished installing compost collection bins in nearly all campus restrooms in academic and administrative buildings.

Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. (Credit: Uwe Kils / Wikipedia)

Human-driven climate change only half the picture for krill, key species in the Southern Ocean

June 15, 2021

New research about the fate of krill—one of the most abundant species on Earth—during this century has important implications for not only the Antarctic food web, but for the largest commercial fishery in the Southern Ocean.

Overlooking the town of Bailey, Colorado (Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

Mountain residents underestimate wildfire risk, overestimate preparedness

June 11, 2021

Hannah Brenkert-Smith has studied the role of residents' choices in wildfire risk for two decades, with one goal being to improve mitigation programs. Her most recent work near Bailey, Colorado, concludes residents often overestimate their preparation and underestimate their risk.

2021 Spring Scenic photos on the CU Boulder campus.

What could such a green spring mean for fire season?

June 2, 2021

So far, 2021 is one of the 10 wettest years on record since 1872 in the Denver area. Chelsea Nagy discusses what a wet spring and resulting plant growth in the Front Range could mean for the rest of the year.

young people cleaning up trash outside

Voluntourism: Making the most of your next travel adventure

May 27, 2021

There are opportunities to make a positive impact wherever you go. Learn more about voluntourism, why it’s important and how to prepare so you’ll be ready for your next trip.

Galago moholi bundled up in a cloth

Pet trade may pose threat to bushbaby conservation

May 17, 2021

At night in southern Africa, primates called bushbabies emit "spooky" vocalizations that sound like crying children. What may be even spookier is the possible future these adorable creatures face.