Environmental Impact



Environmentally Friendly Housekeeping Practices

In addition to helping the environment by reducing energy consumption, the university campuses also incorporate many ECO-Friendly housekeeping methods. Some ECO-Friendly housekeeping methods include environmentally friendly cleaning products, practices for cleaning, and proper disposal of cleaning chemicals.

Get additional information regarding ECO-Friendly housekeeping including chemicals uses and practices followed.

Water Recycling and Stormwater Protection

Everything we do in our daily lives has the potential to affect the environment. Whether that effect is good or bad that’s up to us. From a small plant to the largest creature everything needs a clean and healthy environment for its survival. By following environmentally friendly practices like water conservation and stormwater protection we can ensure that the beautiful Colorado environment will be around for future generations to enjoy.

All of us can make a difference, both personally in our daily practices and institutionally through our operating policy. Conservation and efficient energy design practice allows us to lower our energy use. This results in both cost advantages through less energy purchase and less demand on the energy supplied by the local utility. Globally, lowering our energy demand also lowers our carbon emissions and other green house gases – potentially lowering our contribution to global warming.

Water conservation and water quality efforts are an import aspect to environmentally wise campus operation. Water is obviously a precious resource in the arid west. Not only consumption, but our usage practices can create water pollution that must be treated before being returned to our natural water system. To conserve and protect our water resources for the sustainability of our ecological systems, the university has both a water conservation program and a stormwater education program.

Get more information on stormwater and how it affects our campus (PowerPoint). Get valuable information on conserving water in your home, on campus, in your office, and many other areas.

Stormwater is a subject that is very important for the environment but often it can be easily overlooked. A storm sewer is not the same as a sanitary sewer, two topics that can easily be confused. A sanitary sewer is an underground carriage system that carries wastes from sinks, bath tubs, and toilets, from your home or industry to a site for treatment or disposal. In contrast a storm sewer is an underground carriage system but it does not flow to a treatment facility. Instead it flows directly into our creeks and rivers, water which we will eventually drink.

Get additional information on ways to protect stormwater and possible stormwater pollutants.

Information on campus stormwater pollution prevention

For information on the Engineering Services section of Facilities Management, please email my.CU.edu Roen, Phone 303-724-1103.