Go green: 3 ways Rams are making a sustainable impact

Sustainability at CSU

At CSU, ‘go green’ isn’t a catchphrase — it’s a commitment. We take sustainability seriously and do the hard work that it takes to conserve and protect our campus, our community, and our world.

As a future student, we know you’ll take this commitment seriously, too. That’s why we’ve made it easy to get involved and make a difference.

Here are a few of the many ways you can make an impact as a Colorado State Ram.

#1: Keep campus and the community green.

CSU jean recycling event

You may have heard by now that CSU holds the title of greenest university in the nation. What you may not know is how much work our students do every single day to earn it.

Many students get involved in organizations like Student Sustainability Center and Climate Reality Project. They volunteer their time at campus events, educate campus and the community about living green, and encourage local leaders to commit to sustainable practices.

Our Green Warriors pledge to be shining examples of sustainable living, while Eco Leaders pledge to improve campus. They educate classmates on how to be green. They also provide input and recommendations to offices all over campus, like Housing and Dining Services.

#2: Research sustainable solutions.

Montana's research project took her to national parks across the country.

Over 30 percent of classes at CSU include sustainability in the curriculum. This means that no matter your major, you’ll have ample opportunity to explore sustainability issues in the classroom.

As a research university, we want our students to be hands-on, and to dig into issues that matter to them. That’s why all eight of our colleges offer sustainability research opportunities for students.

  • Natural Resource Management major Montana spent a summer observing visitor behavior in national parks around the country. Her work will help parks develop an easy-to-understand recycling and compost system.
  • Design and Merchandising graduate Sage spent her undergrad years researching ways to create earth-friendly textiles. She now owns a 100 percent earth-friendly textile business in Boulder, CO.

As a CSU student you can also do research like Montana and Sage, and our faculty will be there to guide you every step of the way.

#3: Take your skills on the road.

Sustainable Construction in Costa Rica

Lend a hand to communities in need and learn while you’re at it. We make it easy to make an impact all over the world by offering a variety of education abroad programs focused on protecting the Earth.

No matter your major, budget, or time constraints, you can find a program that fits. Sustainable agriculture, design, construction, fish and wildlife conservation, and community practices are just a few of the programs that center on sustainable practices.

So, what’s next?

Protecting the Earth is not an option; it’s a must. No matter your major and interests, you can make a big impact on your community and your world through research and education. If you have a passion for sustainability, we want you at CSU.

Learn how our faculty and students are creating change right now all over the globe. Check out the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.