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    Campus Sustainability Council

    The mission of the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) is to make Colorado College a model for campus and community sustainability.

    The CSC, an advisory committee appointed by and reporting to the President’s Office, works to design, promote, and implement initiatives that are ecologically viable, economically sound, and socially just, now and for future generations. The CSC plays a key role in raising campus awareness and keeping sustainability issues at the forefront, reminding us all to live up to Colorado College’s core value of nurturing a sense of place and an ethic of environmental sustainability. 

    main goals

    Each year, members of the Campus Sustainability Council work together on a wide range of projects. In addition to specific focus on timely topics, the regular agenda includes advancing strategies for carbon neutrality, reporting and benchmarking progress using STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System), expanding community outreach and collaboration for sustainability, and administering a $50k annual Sustainability Project Fund. 

    In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the CSC:

    • Initiates and directs carbon neutrality efforts through energy efficiency, community conservation, and renewable energy projects
    • Cultivates allies around campus and across our region
    • Consults with campus constituencies to provide strategies and plans to meet identified goals
    • Funds innovative and measurable projects to promote and pursue a climate of sustainability at CC
    • Proposes, measures, and reports on sustainability metrics and goals
    • Serves as a forum open to the entire community
    • Advocates for further institutional commitment to develop and instill a literacy around sustainability issues

    By the recommendation of the Steering Committee, the council divided into four sub-committees based on their areas of work, expertise, interest, ability to impact, and work already in progress.  Those four sub-committees are: Operations, Conservation Campaigns, Investment, and STARS & Sustainability Planning. Over the course of the first semester, the sub-committees reviewed the college’s STARS report and State of Sustainability Update recommendations in order to develop and propose goals for the council to recommend to the President.

    Each sub-committee proposed three to four goals that the Steering Committee then reviewed.  In that review, it was determined that the proposed goals all broadly supported three main goals that the Steering Committee supports and recommends.  Those main goals are as follows: 

    • Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2020 as previously committed to in the Campus Climate Commitment (Formerly the ACUPCC). The Steering Committee recommends the following schedule, with the judicial use of carbon offsets in the interim:
      • Scope 2 Neutrality by 2020[1]
        • Via RECs and/or Power Purchase Agreement and/or direct ownership
      • Scope 1 Neutrality by 20252
      • Scope 3 Neutrality by 20303
        • All offsets locally based or owned by CC

    • Reach STARS Platinum by 2020
      • Simultaneously increase Sierra Cool Schools Ranking

    • Increase Sustainability Funding to $1 Million
      • Increase funding by any significant amount annually

    CSC Goals & Recommendations Document

    Click here to access the Campus Sustainability Council Goals and Recommendations to the President - Updated January 7th, 2019. 

    Meeting Minutes

    Click on the CSC meeting date to read over the minutes. Additional documents maybe added under minutes. 

    Academic Year 2019-2020

    Sept. 25th, 2019

    Oct. 23rd, 2019

    Nov. 20th, 2019

    Jan. 22nd, 2020 - No Meeting 

    Feb. 19th, 2020

    Mar. 25th, 2020

    Apr,. 22nd, 2020