A Growing Record of Progress
Our commitment to a sustainable future reaches back decades, encompassing countless employees, students and members of the wider community. In those years, we've made considerable strides toward a sustainably managed campus, retrofitting old buildings with green technology, building new ones with high efficiency standards, and changing the way we eat, get around, and use water.
We've refined our supply chains to source and dispose of materials in more responsible ways, and learned to collaborate with our students, whose community service, research and scholarship have brought us closer to our goals and helped us create a culture that values environmental and social responsibility.
And though sustainability is an ongoing effort, we're grateful to be able to look back on our achievements so far for perspective on how far we've come and as motivation to continue on.
36% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 baseline
71% of students use alternative, emissions-reducing transportation to commute
18% of on-campus dining supplied from Real Food-standard sources
Stories of Change
DU Sustainability Rankings
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The University of Denver currently has a silver star rating.
Bicycle Friendly University
DU has a Bronze rating from the Bicycle Friendly University program, which recognizes campuses where administration and community have made efforts to create a safe and positive environment for bicyclists.