Colorado State University needs an Office of Sustainability to effectively coordinate campus-wide green initiatives
An Office of Sustainability would:
- Set up paid green internships and enable students to have a say about campus sustainability
- Create a student-governed sustainability project fund
- Hire a full-time sustainability coordinator and student coordinator to research and implement green projects
- Build cooperative networks between departments to increase communication, collaboration, and the effective implementation of projects
But we need your help
Wait. Aren't we already 'The Green University'?
Yes, we're internationally known for clean-energy research and technology development, and we're home to dozens of successful green projects, including a 30-acre solar plant on the Foothills Campus.
But CSU is far from being truly sustainable.
Students often feel that University sustainabilty efforts are disconnected from the priorities of students and fail to address waste and inefficiencies of day-to-day campus life. Students have few ways to discuss and influence sustainability at CSU because of a gap in the University's structure. We don't have the administrative resources necessary for large projects that create student jobs and a significant positive environmental impact. We lack real student engagement that shapes University policy and practices while strengthening educational experience and building resumes. We need greater institutional capacity to implement on-campus green initiatives that work towards unified University sustainability goals.
The Office of Sustainability we propose would create a University institute directly accountable to students that will help solve these problems. Let us know what you think: Take the survey.