What's new in sustainability at DU?
(April 9, 2013) DU's Sustainability Council and the Center for Sustainability work to make our campus green. Here's what they've been up to lately:
Electric vehicle charging station
In November 2012, the Sustainability Council voted to add an electric vehicle (EV) charging station on campus. According to Jessica Morton, student member of the Sustainability Council, "It is estimated that there are 10 electric vehicles driven to campus daily and the station will allow them to charge while on campus. Also, we hope that the station will attract EV drivers on I-25 to visit campus if they need to charge their cars." The equipment has now arrived on campus and will be set up in lot 316, on the west side of Sturm Hall. The station is projected to be up and running during Earth Month (April) 2013!
Zero Waste hockey games
The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle committee, led by Sustainability Council student member Megan Marshall, began Zero Waste hockey games this season. The program places volunteers at strategic points throughout the concourse to help hockey fans be more environmentally conscience by diverting waste from landfills to recycling or composting. This season the committee focused on the concourse and successfully diverted 47 percent of waste away from landfills. Next season, Megan plans to expand to the stadium, collecting waste left in the stands after the game, and to train concession and back-of-house workers to discard waste in the appropriate bins. She also hopes to have Zero Waste basketball games in addition to hockey.
Nagel Hall LEED Gold
Nagel Hall received a LEED Gold rating in March, 2013 (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a program that rates buildings for their green qualities). It is the only residence hall on campus to receive a LEED rating (Johnson-MacFarlane Hall is Energy Star certified). The Nagel Hall building has several sustainable features, such as dual-flush water-saving toilets and low-flow shower heads. Read more about Nagel and other campus buildings' sustainable features.
The Center for Sustainability's education and outreach
The Center for Sustainability has begun a "How-Tuesdays lunch and learn series" that covers a wide range of topics from gardening to bike tuneups to book discussions. These lunch and learns are open to all members of the DU community free of charge. In addition, the "Sustainability Event Series" brings environmental experts to campus to participate in lectures, panel discussions and film screenings, also free of charge.
Community supported agriculture
The Center for Sustainability has partnered with well@du (the employee wellness program) to bring a community supported agriculture (CSA) fruit and vegetable pickup to campus for DU employees. CSAs allow participants to receive fresh, local, in-season produce on a weekly basis. Learn more about the University's CSA program.