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We Did It Again!! UNC Named Tree Campus USA

UNC earned a Tree Campus USA® recognition (fourth year in a row). Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to get this!

So what does that mean? Tree Campus USA is a national program that was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. It honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

giant tree at unc

To obtain this distinction, UNC had to meet the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA:

  1. Establishment of a tree advisory committee
  2. Evidence of a campus tree-care plan
  3. Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
  4. An Arbor Day observance
  5. The sponsorship of student service-learning projects

We're very proud of this... you should be too!!

Ever wondered about all of the beautiful trees on campus?? Check out this website... there is a lot of information listed here. You can even walk on one of our tree trails!

Become a Certified Sustainabe Office Here At UNC

UNC is committed to developing a culture of sustainability through education and outreach as well as by setting an example of sustainable practices and resource conservation.

The Sustainable UNC Office Program is designed to help UNC departents and discrete office units become more sustainable in their water and energy use, waste management, purchasing practices, and transportation choices.

For more information on how to become a certified sustainable office here at UNC:

UNC named a Bronze Bike Friendly University

UNC's blue cruisersHow GREAT is this??! The League of American Bicyclists has recognized UNC with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award.

We join 100 other visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

"When colleges and universities invest in bicycling, great things happen: decreasing the carbon foot print, connecting UNC to the community and is a fun and healthy campus culture." Read more about this great honor here.

UNC students can rent bikes for FREE from the Campus Recreation Center. CLICK HERE to find out how!

Ross Hall Garden

We wanted to share a presentation with you!! Take a look at the Ross Hall "permaculture" demonstration garden. Funded by Student LEAF!!

Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Hey Students, we have a great opportunity to tell you about!!

Recycling and Sustainability Trivia ~ UNC Dining Services

At the Sustainability Council meeting in April 2014, there was a presentation given by Jenny Larson (Associate Director of Dining Services) that had a lot of great information. We wanted to share it with you!

UNC's Green Guide: A Bear's Guide to Sustainable Living

At UNC, yellow and blue truly do make green!! Check out the Green Guide for ideas and suggestions about green living here at UNC.

We're Always Looking For A Few Good Committee Members

If you'd like to help UNC meet its goals for sustainability - from energy conservation, recycling and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework - consider adding your expertise and energy to the UNC Sustainability Council or one of its subcommittees. Membership is open to faculty, staff and students.

The council and its subcommittees - Buildings/Equipment/Operations, Communications, Student and Community Engagement, and Academics and Curriculum - identify and create opportunities to improve existing sustainability efforts, adopt new sustainable practices and communicate those opportunities to the campus community.

Each group meets once a month and members typically spend additional time doing project work such as drafting policies/procedures, designing brochures or researching potential new projects.

To join the council or a subcommittee, contact Kirk Leichliter or any council member.

Sustainability at UNC

The University of Northern Colorado takes a multi-faceted and committed approach to sustainability, from energy conservation and eco-efficient landscaping, to student activities and coursework.


If every American recycled his or her newspaper just one day a week, it would save about 36 million trees a year.

Is your refrigerator 10 years old or older? An Energy Star-qualified fridge can save you $30 to $40 a year in electricity costs, offsetting the slightly higher purchase price.

If just one in 10 homes used Energy Star-qualified appliances, the positive effect on the environment would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.

A 10-degree reduction in your hot water heater’s setting can save up to 5 percent on water heating costs.

As an Energy Star partner, UNC has so far changed over 1 million light bulbs on campus to more energy efficient types and converted over 2,000 faucets, shower heads and toilets to low-flow fixtures.

UNC recycles over 300,000 pounds of materials a year, which saves almost 3,000 trees and over 1 million gallons of water.

News & Announcements

powerED Presentation (PDF)

UNC named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. Read more here.

UNC has been named a "Tree Campus USA" for the second year in a row!! Read more here.

UNC President Norton speaks about sustainability efforts here on campus in the 2013 State of the University address. Read more here.

UNC receives the city of Greeley's 6th annual Environmental Stewardship Award. Read more here.

Sustainability Goals here at UNC (PDF)

UNC's Green Guide (PDF)