Green Opportunities for Students

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Associated Students of Colorado State University
ASCSU is an elected body that serves as an advocate for advancing student interests on campus and at the local, state, and national levels of government. They have taken a leadership role in working towards transforming Colorado State University into a national innovator in regards to sustainable campus operations and student initiatives.

Career Services
CSU colleges and career support services assist students in exploring job opportunities in the “green workforce” employment sector.

CSU RideShare
Off-Campus Life at Colorado State University created a website called Rideshare that gives CSU students, faculty, and staff the ability to make potential carpool arrangements quickly and securely. The goal of CSU Rideshare is to help users find rides, save money, reduce pollution and traffic congestion, and encourage greener transportation choices. The website - - is active. Once logged on, riders can choose to create trips in categories such as the airport, the ski slopes, entertainment venues, work, class, and any other destinations that they may need.

Earth Week
The week of Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated at CSU with multiple events sponsored by campus and local organizations including speakers, films, symposiums, and green events. Each year the Live Green Team sponsors a CSU Earth Day celebration and Student Sustainability Fair on the Lory Student Center plaza as the culmination event of Earth Week. The fair features live music, informational tables, and interactive educational displays and demonstrations. All CSU and Fort Collins community members are welcome to attend. Informational tables and booths cover a wide range of topics including energy and water conservation, recycling, renewable energy, green products, organic and sustainable food, waste reduction, and more.

Green Warrior Campaign
Funded by an Accelerating Climate Change grant from the Rocky Mountain Institute (lead by Carol Dollard), the Green Warrior campaign launched in January 2010 in conjunction with RecycleMania to engage students in energy conservation behaviors. Developed by students for students, the Green Warrior campaign was run online with a simple score sheet that allowed students to report green actions for prizes with the ultimate goal of becoming "Green Warrior Certified". Each action had a direct correlation to lowering energy consumption. After the conclusion of the 10 week campaign, a total of 253 students participated with 246 students reaching the first level (Green Warrior sticker), 212 students reaching the second level (Green Warrior T-shirt), 91 students reaching the third level (power strip), and 17 students achieving Green Warrior Certification. The 2011 campaign will kick off in January.

Leave-it Behind Program
Includes Bikes In an effort to divert solid waste from area landfills, CSU collects unwanted items during residence hall move out. Items collected include food, clothing, shoes, towels, dishes, lamps, desks, couches, coffee pots, plants, and more. The items are then redistributed through non-profit partnerships to meet the needs of the Fort Collins community. In May 2010 more than 8 tons of items were collected and donated to local charities.

Live Green Community at CSU
Warner College of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture co-sponsor a sustainable living community for students who live on campus. Located in Summit Hall (a suite-style hall with both double and single rooms), the Live Green Community is open to students in any major (priority goes to Natural Resources and Agriculture majors) and there is no additional fee to participate in the community. The Live Green Community participates in sustainability initiatives and green collar projects in the local community and throughout Colorado.Career Services CSU colleges and career support services assist students in exploring job opportunities in the “green workforce” employment sector.

In 2010, CSU placed 17th among more than 600 colleges and universities participating in RecycleMania, a national recycling competition. CSU has competed since 2005 and has placed in the top 5 percent each year. In addition to the national competition, the Live Green Team also sponsors an on campus competition during RecycleMania among the residence halls and university apartment communities. The winning Hall and Apartment win the coveted RecycleMania trophy as well as seed dollars to further recycling efforts in their community.

Trash Audit
Each January to kick off awareness of RecycleMania on campus, a trash audit is conducted on University Avenue near the plaza. The 2010 trash audit revealed that 37 percent of what was thrown away could have been recycled (down from 40 percent in 2009). Volunteers from the Live Green Team and CSU Recycling Crew sort campus trash in a public forum to help raise awareness about what can be recycled.

Residence Hall Move-in
During move-in each year, the Live Green Team sets up “cardboard corrals” to collect cardboard boxes and packaging for recycling. Volunteers help students and parents break down boxes and divert recyclables from the trash bins. In fall 2010, 16 tons of cardboard was collected for recycling. In 2008, 41 roll off dumpsters were taken to the landfill. In 2009, 38 roll off dumpsters were emptied. In 2010, the number was reduced to 30 roll off dumpsters, a 25 percent reduction in waste in just two years.

Student Organizations
CSU is home to a number of student organizations that provide opportunities for students to gain awareness, involvement, and career preparation related to environmental issues. Recognized organizations include the Student Sustainability Center, Emerging Green Builders of Northern Colorado, Engineers Without Borders, the Environmental Action Collective, Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, Rangeland Ecology Club, Student Association of Fire Ecology, and the Wildlife Society.

Student Sustainable Farm
Since being founded 15 years ago, the Student Sustainable Farm has been a welcoming student organization dedicated to bringing innovative and fun agricultural projects to CSU students, enriching their academic experience and connecting them to the greater Fort Collins community. The farm itself is a 1/3 acre organic plot located within the Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC) on CSU campus, growing over 40 types of vegetables and 5 types of fruit each year; students gain comprehensive experience in agriculture through the very concrete act of growing their food from seed to harvest. Student Sustainable Farm also engages in education, research, and advocacy.