Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to sub-navigation

Environmental Activism on Campus


As a result of the presidential election, numerous groups of community members at CC have emerged hoping to increase awareness about environmental issues and catalyze action to improve the sustainability of our campus. Art students have expressed interest in creating a campus wide art installation, activists have expressed interest in bringing Myron Ebell to campus, and others believe that our campus needs to generate a more impactful connections with local environmental and social organizations that share goals similar to ours.  The Office of Sustainability interns and volunteers want to work with all passionate students and faculty members to create an environmental action plan for the rest of this year. If you or a group of students are interested in contributing to this action plan, email Kelsey Maxwell with a structured outline of your plans by Monday December 12th.

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.

Around the Block

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.25.46 PMZoe Holland '17 leads Print Making Workshop

Zoe Holland, the waste diversion intern at the office will be holding a printmaking workshop, Thursday December 8th from 3:30-5:30 pm at the press! Paper with the old CC logo will be used to make unique posters identifying composting bins in dorm bathrooms and kitchens.


Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.30.17 PM

 Material Recovery Facility Tour

The first Sense of Place Trip, the Material Recovery Facility Tour, is coming up on Thursday December 8th! This will be a great experience to learn about recycling in our community. Learning more about the things you throw away is a great way generate a greater consciousness of the amount waste you create.


Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 3.05.26 PM

Enjoy some free pizza and wisdom from the our local Watershed Planner and Water
Conservation Specialist! Allison Plute and Frank Kinder from Colorado Springs
Utilities will speak about their educational and career choices this

Thursday, December 8, Tutt 126 12:15-1:15 pm (FREE PIZZA)

After brief presentations, there will be informal Q&A sessions
for students looking to pursue a career in conservation. If you're feeling anxious or
uncertain about your post-grad prospects, the Conservation Conversation events
are perfect for you:


Notebooks were made from old CC logo paper and book covers

 Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.48.24 PM  Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.48.35 PM


Meet the 2016-2017 Office of Sustainability Interns

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 3.16.48 PM

Click here to see who they are.

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.32.36 PM

For the past two years, Colorado College has scored above 65 points in the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), attaining a Gold rating. STARS allows us to measure our sustainability performance as well as work towards a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community. Read More

GOAL : To achieve a Platinum rating of above 85 points by 2020.

New Bins to Help You

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 2.12.27 PM

The standardized waste bins match international standards: blue for recycle, green for compost, and black for landfill. The new system is going in around campus, supporting campus sustainability efforts.  guidelines on what to compost, recycle, and trash are available here.