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Colorado Chills Campaign

UNC's Facilities Management received an email from the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration and Colorado Energy Office... here's what it said!

"We’re proud to officially extend a conservation program the Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) has had success in the Capitol Complex to all of your agencies. We’re calling it 'Colorado Chills', and we want State employees to cool off this summer while cutting energy use in government office buildings. colorado chills

As part of Colorado’s Greening Government initiative, DPA and the Colorado Energy Office are asking you to set facility thermostats to 74 degrees, where appropriate, to conserve energy during the summer months. (We understand that data centers, nursing homes, hospitals and other vulnerable facilities may not be suitable for this program.)

We are encouraging State employees to dress a little more casual at the office this summer as a result of the increased temperatures. State employees are invited to remain cool and comfortable throughout the summer by removing their ties, sweaters and suit jackets whenever possible and wearing short-sleeved shirts, blouses and open-collared shirts instead. Please consult with your Human Resources Director with questions. The 17 buildings in the Capitol Complex piloted this program the last several years and also shut off the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day and over the weekends. All of our conservation measures combined have resulted in a total reduction of more than 29% in the Capitol Complex’s electrical kilowatt hours usage since fiscal year 2003-04. These efforts result in significant savings that are rolled into the State’s energy performance contracts.

As the Governor says in a news release we will issue Tuesday morning, “Turning up the thermostat and turning down the air conditioner in the summer is a simple, effective way to cut costs by using less energy — and it helps promote sustainability at the same time. State government can lead the way in this effort and demonstrate that we are serious about conserving energy and saving taxpayer dollars.”

Please work with your staff to make these changes to building temperatures immediately so that we can achieve the greatest savings possible. Thank you for your cooperation!

The Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration and Colorado Energy Office"

We Did It Again!! UNC Named Tree Campus USA

Congratulations! UNC earned a 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition (second year in a row). 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. 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!!

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.

Need to run errands but don't have a car? Need a car for a few hours?

UNC has teamed up with Hertz On Demand. Rates are only $8/hour. Gas, insurance, and roadside assistance are included, and cars are available 24/7 on campus. Just go to to sign up.

Plus 7% of revenue goes towards scholarships! Want to see how easy it is? Watch this quick video -

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 co-chairs Richard Jurin or 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, showerheads 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

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)