“The Colorado College mission commits us to providing the finest Liberal Arts education in the country by embodying our core values. Sustainability isn't optional at Colorado College; it's central to our community and to the examples we set through all of our work. We aspire to make Colorado College a model for sustainability at all levels – an academic community that lives its commitment to a thriving future, honoring the economic, social and environmental narratives of our complex ecosystem.”
Since 2008, Colorado College has been committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus through the Carbon Commitment, formally known as the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. In 2020, Colorado College achieved this goal. Along with efforts in facilities, construction, and maintenance, the influence of the Office of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Council has been critical in the reduction of the college’s carbon footprint.
The Office of Sustainability, created in 2013, is comprised of Director Ian Johnson, a paraprofessional, and teams of student interns paired with dedicated student volunteers who work on independent projects that are often embedded in different offices on the campus. The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to foster communication, collaboration, and coordination between the college and stakeholders in the broader community.
The Campus Sustainability Council is an advisory council which is appointed by and reports to the President’s Office. It is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The mission of the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC) is to make Colorado College a model for campus and community sustainability by designing, promoting, and implementing 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.