State of Sustainability Report
In 2014 the Office of Sustainability at Colorado College released its first State of Sustainability Report. This report followed the first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS®) report created in 2014 and was intended to condense and disseminate the full STARS® report. The State of Sustainability Report provided a benchmark for the college’s overall sustainability performance and provided a platform for recommending specific strategies en route to a holistic systems approach to the integration of educational, engagement, operational, and planning outcomes.
Many of those recommendations have been realized in the five years since the benchmark report through the impressive efforts of the Campus Sustainability Council, Facilities Services, individual academic departments, student efforts and persistence, support from the administration and the Board of Trustees, The Colorado College Office of Sustainability, and countless individuals who are dedicated to making Colorado College a model for sustainability at all levels. As a result, Colorado College moved from a STARS® Silver status in 2014 to Gold in 2015, and has remained at that level since. In 2017, Colorado College opened the doors of the Net-Zero Tutt Library, which continues to serve as a reminder of the college’s sustainability innovation and a model for future buildings and renovations.
These annual reports are meant to be accessible to all parties interested in sustainability efforts on campus and the future of Colorado College. It provides information to the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC), community members, and students regarding the sustainability efforts that are ongoing at Colorado College as detailed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability’s (AASHE) STARS® report. Each document uses the STARS® scoring and incorporates current and future efforts outlined in the sustainability action plan.
Long term sustainability goals
The overarching goals guiding all sustainability efforts in the next few years have been created by the Steering Committee of Campus Sustainability Council. These goals inform many of our sustainability initiatives.
Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2020 as previously committed to in the Campus Climate Commitment (Formerly the ACUPCC). The Steering Committee recommends the following schedule to fully eliminate emissions sources, with the judicious use of carbon offsets beginning in 2020 until effective solutions can be found to eliminate emissions sources:
- Scope 1 neutrality by 2025
- Scope 2 neutrality by 2020
- 100% energy self sufficient
- Scope 3 neutrality by 2030
- All offsets locally-based or owned by CC
Reach STARS Platinum by 2020
- Simultaneously increase Sierra Cool Schools Ranking
- Utilize the model STARS worksheet created in 2017 to brainstorm possible areas for improvement.
Increase Sustainability Funding to $1 Million per year by 2019
- Increase Renewal & Replacement funding dedicated to sustainability by $250,000 annually through 2019 (proposed in FY2016)
- Quantify savings from sustainability projects and redirect towards this increased funding