CU-Boulder: A National Zero Waste Leader
It takes a village to build a Zero Waste community, and it helps a lot when the largest institution in that community is its own progressive, mini Zero Waste village and a national leader in sustainability. We’re talking about the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.
CU-Boulder is a model of sustainability for college campuses in several respects:
- CU’s Folsom Field is the first football stadium in the nation to require that vendors in the stadium offer only reusable, recyclable and compostable materials. As a result, they’re recovering an average of 80% of materials.
- The campus has its own recycling processing facility, which employs an average of 50 students each semester and processes up to 10,000 pounds of recyclables each day.
- CU is working with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to create unified Zero Waste standards and principles for campus communities throughout the country.
- The campus will soon launch a pilot program to replace on-the-go disposables with reusables in the dining halls. Instead of single-use food containers, students will use eco2go reusable food containers that they return to the cafeteria.
- The university’s new Sustainable Practices Program offers individual classes and a Professional Certificate for people interested in sustainability training.
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