News & Announcements

10/23/14: UNC named a Bronze Bike Friendly University

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Northern Colorado with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

With the announcement of 33 new and renewing BFUs today in 20 states, the University of Northern Colorado joins a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities from across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 100 BFUs in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

“Campus leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of colleges and universities for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their staff, students and surrounding communities.”

Moving forward, the University of Northern Colorado will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. 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 the whole document here.

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

1/15/14: 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!!

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.

10/28/13: 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.

Get your first hour free through October 31st (2 hour minimum, Monday-Thursday).

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

9/24/13: State of the University remarks from UNC President

“Our nine core plans include a Sustainability Plan, which remains—quite deliberately—a work in progress.

The plan will address sustainability at UNC in the very broadest sense—not simply how we can be good stewards of the environment, but how we can be UNC President Kay Nortona truly sustainable community.

This means we will need to think about sustainability in the context of all the things we’re doing through the other core plans, and because of this, I encouraged the Sustainability Council to hold back on developing a specific action plan during the past year.

Instead, the Council put its energy into identifying the many sustainability-related efforts already under way at UNC, and developed a website to communicate about them.

The Council itself is a reflection of what I mean by “sustainability in the broadest sense.” Its creation, development and ongoing work have been literally organic.

By that I mean they are not the result of some administrative mandate; they emerged because individual university citizens organized themselves into a collaborative effort that works across organizational lines.

When we talk about being a member of the university community, there is an implied commitment to the things we value, and this group exemplifies that principle.”

Kay Norton, UNC President
State of the University Address

4/17/13: Environmental Stewardship Award

UNC has been selected to receive the city of Greeley's 6th annual Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes individuals and businesses for outstanding efforts and strategies for protecting the environment. Read more here.

1/31/13: Tree Campus USA

The University of Northern Colorado is a Tree Campus USA for the first time. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Read more here.

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)