Western State Colorado University is actively engaged in improving environmental awareness and sustainability efforts through student, faculty and staff led initiatives. These currently include:

  • Student Led Sustainability Initiatives and Organizations:

    • Organics Guild

    • Chipeta Garden and Pinnacles Greenhouse

    • Sustainability Coalition

    • Sustainability Coordinators 

  • Sustainability Fund

    • The Sustainability Fund was created to provide Western students access to financial resources to initiate projects that (1) support Western's use of more sustainable and renewable energy, (2) reduce unnecessary consumption of goods, (3) increase reuse of usable goods and recycling of materials, or (4) promote the ethical stewardship of all resources and land on the Western State Colorado University campus.

    • The Sustainability Fund Committee encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity to support and enhance sustainable practices on the Western State Colorado University campus.

  • Environment & Sustainability​​​ Program (ENVS)

  • LEED Buildings
    • Green building and renovation practices​ around campus.

    • Installing alternative sources of energy on administrative and academic buildings
  • Reviewing and implementing new waste reduction and recycling efforts
  • Environmental Charter

  • American College and University President's Climate Commitment (UCPCC)

    • Signed by our President at the request of the student body to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2035​.

  • The Institute for Applied Sustainability

Sustainability At Western State Colorado University through the years

We invite comments and ideas on how we can better realize the goals of our environmental charter. Please e-mail us at



MEM Graduate Faculty, Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.S., University of New Hampshire; , M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education;, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire.
Phone: (970) 943-2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223