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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. They provide 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 the Campus Sustainability Council. These goals inform many of our sustainability initiatives.

Achieve Carbon Neutrality By 2020 - Completed

  • Colorado College achieved Carbon Neutrality on January 1, 2020
  • The goal was set in 2009 and over the past decade, CC has worked diligently to achieve this milestone

Reach STARS® Platinum - In Progress

  • Simultaneously increase Sierra Cool Schools Ranking
  • Create a guide for the college to follow to reach STARS® Platinum - Completed
  • Dedicate an internship role to track progress and plan projects according to the guide - Completed

Increase Funding to $1 Million Per Year

  • Increase Renewal and Replacement funding dedicated to sustainability projects by $250,000 annually while restoring historical Renewal and Replacement funding levels
  • Quantify savings from sustainability projects and redirect towards this increased funding

Annual Reports

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