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'Living green' in the residence halls

March 10, 2010
By Rebecca Howard

Freshman Bo Welden cares about finding sustainable resources to help our environment. So naturally, when he enrolled at CSU, he signed up to live in the Live Green community located in Summit Hall. Along with other students in the community, Welden is practicing earth-friendly habits and exploring ways to keep our planet in good shape.

Love for the outdoors

Bo Welden has always loved the outdoors. Growing up in the Roaring Fork valley, he took interest in a variety of outdoor activities including rafting, mountain biking and skiing.

His love for the outdoors also inspired him to become more aware of the environment and the way people treat it.

"Growing up in a place like Aspen, Colo., I have natural appreciation for the outdoors and the environment," Welden said.

When he decided to attend Colorado State University, where he is currently a freshman studying Natural Recreation and Tourism with a concentration on Environmental Communication, he also found the perfect living arrangements to fit his interest in environmental issues, the Live Green community.

"I was sure that I wanted to live there my freshman year," Welden said.

Living green

The Live Green community is located in Summit Hall and has 35 residents, including Welden. One main goal of the community is to bring together students with a common interest - the environment.

"The members of the Live Green community take part in daily routines of recycling and other easy day-to-day activities that everyone can do to help lower their personal carbon footprint," Welden said. 

The Live Green community also works together to make changes on campus and in the residence halls for more sustainable living. One of their successful efforts was to get a compost bin on campus.

"This waste that would normally be thrown away and shipped to a landfill is placed in a special bin at the Academic Village for it to be sent to a larger composting site," Welden said.

Learning green

The Live Green community is sponsored by the Warner College of Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural Sciences. The residence floor is only one aspect of a larger program.

In order to be part of the community, students must take NR 192, a seminar course that focuses on sustainability issues. As a part of the program's requirements, students engage in multiple community service projects.

Students in the program must also complete a sustainability project over the course of the year. Welden completed his project last semester with some fellow hall mates. The students helped with a graduate research project examining power used in facilities in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

"The overall goal of the project was to try and make Rocky Mountain National Park totally carbon free," Welden said.

The group's observations were presented at a meeting in February.

You can help too

According to Welden, it isn't difficult to help the environment. Even small actions like recycling count toward the big picture.

Most importantly, Welden says fixing environmental issues has to come from our conscious decisions.

"Our [world] is going to change by the power and will of the people itself," Welden said. "Doing everything that you can helps toward this bright future of a sustainable world."