We're all in
At UNC, efforts focus on all aspects of sustainability, from energy and water conservation to recycling and xeric gardening. Beyond that, our sustainability approach includes partnerships and education.
Funding for an environmental awareness and action student club, The Student LEAF, was proposed in 2012 by students in the university's Environmental and Sustainability Studies program as a way to empower students in helping move the campus community toward a more sustainable culture. The student body voted to support the student-run organization in April 2012. Learn more about Student Leaf
UNC took another big step in reducing its carbon footprint in April 2016 when it partnered with McKinstry, a national company with offices in 15 cities that focuses on energy and operation efficiency in existing and new buildings. The McKinstry partnership also includes student, faculty and staff participation in a three-year behavior-focused energy awareness and operational efficiency program called "powerED."
In addition to contracting with the city of Greeley's public transportation department to provide free shuttle bus service throughout campus and to the largest off-campus student housing complex, a fleet of 100 cruiser-style bicycles is available for students to use for free to travel around campus.
"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. Our sustainability plan addresses sustainability at UNC in the very broadest sense—not simply how we can be good stewards of the environment, but how we can be a truly sustainable community."
UNC President Kay Norton
This year, UNC celebrated Arbor Day and its designation by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for the fifth consecutive year.
UNC is also home to four Colorado Tree Coalition state-champion trees.
UNC has been a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education since 2010.