The University of Northern Colorado has been named one of three recipients of the city of Greeley's sixth annual Environmental Stewardship Awards, marking the second time that the school has been honored since the awards' inception.
The awards recognize individuals and businesses for outstanding efforts and strategies that protect and enhance local environmentally quality.
The accomplishments leading to UNC's selection included:
- More than 180,000 pounds of paper, nearly 139,000 pounds of cardboard, and more than 47,000 pounds of co-mingled plastic and aluminum were collected in 2012.
- The recent installation in high-traffic areas around campus of 20 outdoor recycling kiosks made from recycled materials is expected to increase recycling totals by 10 percent.
- Thirty-two bottle-filling water stations installed the past year across campus have already diverted more than 500,000 plastic water bottles from landfills.
- The student-run and -funded Student Leaf organization has several education programs around campus and is actively engaging students as well as staff in resource conservation efforts.
- Over the past two years, more than 20 old refrigerators have been replaced with new energy-efficient models.
- The UNC Sustainability Council and its subcommittees, comprised of faculty, staff and students, take a multi-faceted approach to sustainability, from energy conservation and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework.
- An Environmental and Sustainability bachelor's degree program was added to the university's offerings in 2011.
Future plans include additional performance contracting to identify more energy conservation opportunities, more on-site renewable energy and replacement of parking lot lights with LEDs.
More information about UNC's resource conservation program is available on the Resource Conservation website.