The President’s Sustainable Solutions Challenge encourages student-led innovation in sustainability on CU campuses. Students with ideas for sustainability innovations on their campus will compete for up to $2500 in cash prizes while gaining experience in leadership, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.
The School of Medicine was awarded the Space Utilization Award from the International Institute of Sustainability in Labs (I2SL) in the fall of 2023. In late 2021, the Dean of the School of Medicine along with the Director and staff of Planning and Facilities, set out to better understand the use of lab space in 5 research buildings. It was understood that past allocation of space was no longer viable and a new approach for determining use and to maximize utilization of research space was needed.
The University has been proud to partner with Wompost (https://www.wompostcoop.com/) to initiate composting at some dining facilities on campus. Compost collection is taking place in Research 2, AHSB and Education 2 and we hope to grow collection of compost to other facilities across campus over time. Compost is an important part of our waste diversion efforts, coupled with Recycling collection. We hope to keep growing our waste reduction efforts and volume. In that light, we have also created new signage for our waste stream that is still going up across campus.
Fisher and Kimberly Clark have helped several labs on campus start a glove recycling program. To participate, only Kimberly Clark gloves can be recycled but they have 6 types of gloves (plus other PPE and eyewear) that can be purchased. Each lab collects the gloves and then takes the gloves to a large box on the RC2 dock. When this box is full, Fisher Scientific ships the box to a facility where it is recycled and then reports back to the university with waste diversion data.
The University of Colorado Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus recognizes that a sustainable approach to creating and maintaining the university is the only way that we will be able to continue to provide a high quality education for current and future students.
Sustainability can be defined in many different ways, but commonly refers to using physical resources in a wise and efficient way today so that those resources will be here for future generations. The energy we use to heat and cool our buildings, the water we use for our lawns and indoor plumbing, the fuel we use for our vehicles are all finite resources and the quantity and quality of those resources will dissipate if we do not take action now to conserve them.
President's Sustainability Solutions Challenge
Efficiency & Conservation
Auraria Sustainable Campus Program
Report an Illicit Discharge
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