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Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability


The Center for Sustainability forwards our efforts on campus and in the community through the following program areas. 

Multimodal Transportation

Bike Share

Atlas Bike for Bike share

The bike share program is a student-driven, Center-supported program that aims to provide low cost bike rentals to students to use for the entire quarter. For just $25 (plus a deposit), students are provided with a 10-week bike rental, helmet, and University approved U-lock, as well as a free tune-up. Find out more about the bike share program.

 Bike Programming

  • Do you ride your bike to campus?  Please register it to help prevent theft.  This is new process that we started in Winter of 2016.  If you registered your bike prior to this, please register again.
  • The Center supports programs designed to improve bike infrastructure and education across campus. Bike fixtations (stations with bike tools and an air pump) can be found near the Nagel patio, at Centennial Towers, Anderson Academic Commons, Boettcher West, and Johnson MacFarlane Hall.
  • Visit the Piogears Underground bike shop in the basement of Nagel Hall for bicycle repairs. Repairs are free of charge if your bike is registered on campus. The hours for Piogears Underground can we found on their Facebook page
  • Are you interested in learning how to repair your own bike? Bike mechanic classes are offered by the Piogears Underground bike shop in partnership with Bikes Together (the Bike Depot). View upcoming dates and prices (find DU Classes under the Classes section under Programs).

 Transportation Center

  • The Transportation Center is run by Transportation Solutions, a nonprofit that works with the University to encourage use of transit, biking, carpooling, and walking as alternative transportation options for students. The Transportation Center also provides maps, bus schedules, carpooling coordination, and RTD pass and ticket sales.
Waste Minimization

Zero Waste Hockey Games

  • The country's first zero waste hockey games started right here at DU, with the goal of diverting as much waste from the landfill and into recycling and composting as possible. The hockey games were made possible with the help of 30 zero waste goalies each game, who teach patrons what goes where. Get involved!

Recycling and Composting

  • Look for new signage around campus on recycling and compost bins. For more information on our recycling and composting providers, visit the Alpine Waste & Recycling website. 

Waste Audits

  • Several classes have assisted with waste audits to provide us with information on the amount of material in the indoor and outdoor waste bins that is compostable, recyclable, or landfill. This helps us know where we can improve.

Furniture Share

  • The furniture share program was created in 2011 to enable departments to easily find, access, and use existing DU furniture – reducing unnecessary waste and also reducing the time and money spent purchasing new office furniture. Visit the Furniture Share page for more information.

Farmers Markets

  • The Center for Sustainability in partnership with the USG Sustainability Committee and the DU Environmental Team will host the 2nd Annual Farmers' Market on Driscoll Green from 11am to 2pm. This year's Farmers Market will kick off a series of monthly farmers markets that will go through October.

    The Farmers Market brings together DU and the Denver community to foster conversations for the need for sustainable, organic, and local food. The Farmers Market serves as a focal point to talk about larger problems of sustainability through our food systems.

    Farmers Markets will be held on May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 25, and October 23, 2014.

Community Supported Agriculture at DU

  • Looking for fresh, local produce this summer? Want to support Colorado farmers who grow nutritious food using sustainable methods? Looking for an easy way to pick up produce at work? We are once again a drop location for CSA (community supported agriculture) shares from Leffler Family Farms (Eaton, CO) and Ela Family Fruit Farms (Hotchkiss, CO). Sign up now for weekly shares of fresh produce from the farm. Not sure if you'll use a whole share? Share your share with a friend. This year student fruit shares are available (see attached), with delivery in the fall quarter.

    Shares will be available for pickup at Johnson MacFarlane Hall room 142. When both farms are delivering, it will be on the same day of the week.

    Leffler Family Farms, Local Motion CSA, provides 18 weeks of assorted vegetables starting June 14. Cost is $550 per share (about $30 per week), or $350 for a half share (delivered every other week). A great deal for local vegetables grown without petroleum based herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. Picked within 24 hours of delivery, these vegetables are at the peak of their nutrients and flavor. See the attached form or sign up here.

    Ela Family Fruit Farms shares provide around 50 pounds of beautiful, tree ripened fruit over 11 weeks. This share will include peaches, pears, apples, and cider. Cost is $135 for employees (11 weeks), or $100 for students (8 weeks), sign up by completing this form if you are an employee and this form if you are a student and mail it to the address on the form. Email if you have any questions.



  • For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our Events page or check out our Facebook page!

How Tuesdays

  • How Tuesdays take place over the lunch hour and cover a wide range of topics. It's a great opportunity to bring a lunch, learn about a new topic, and meet new people! Upcoming topics can be found on the Events or Facebook page. Find out more!

Assessment and Adaptation

  • The Center conducts assessments to document our current measurements and to find ways to improve. Students, interns, and classes are deeply involved in this process. These assessments will become available on the Reporting page.

Writing Classes Tackle Sustainability Research – Megan Kelly, Melissa Tedrowe

  • Several FSEM and WRIT classes have been very focused on sustainability issues and have worked with the Center for Sustainability on waste audits, proposed sustainability changes, research into campus sustainability practices, assessment and adaptation.

GEARS Emerges from EMAD Designing for Social Good – Conor McGarrigle

  • The Design for Social Good class in the Emergent Digital Practices department, taught by Connor McGarrigle worked with the Center for Sustainability to create GEARS, an online and augmented reality route finding tool that shows video of bicycle routes across Denver.
Green Certifications

The Center for Sustainability offers a variety of Certification programs to promote and reward sustainable practices across campus. For more information, visit the Certifications page.