Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.

Environment / Sustainability

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

February 15, 2010

The Green is Gold campaign is a campus-wide initiative to save energy and reduce energy costs during these tough economic times. Teammates from a location on campus (e.g., a department or lab) work together to implement energy saving measures in their building and record points on the Green is Gold website.

The next review date for Green is Gold score sheets is April 1, 2010. This is your team's chance to show off what you've done to save energy and money by participatingin Green is Gold!

Rewards for conservation efforts

Teams will earn points for their conservation efforts and thus rewards for their level of achievement.

  • Honorable Mention (50 points): teams are highlighted on the Green is Gold website.
  • Bronze Level (75 points): an energy efficiency grant to promote sustainability in your work area.
  • Silver Level (100 points): community bike for the team.
  • Green is Gold Certification (125 points): plaque and University recognition at the Earth Day event on April 22, 2010.

Get connected

Visit to register your team today. Already registered? Visit the Facilities website to find out your building's current energy use to motivate your team. Join the Green is Gold listserv to share your tips for conservation or ask others how they handled conservation issues in their corner of campus. (Select "Greenisgold" from the list and enter your contact info.)

Tips for points

Here are some easy tips to get Green is Gold points for your team! 

  • Convert as many paper documents/reports to electronic format as possible! 

  • Stock staff break/coffee areas with ONLY reusable cups 

  • Request a battery and ink cartridge recycling container by calling (970) 491-0113 

  • Create an office sharing space to collect envelopes, folders, binders, staplers, packaging, etc for reuse

  • Retire old furniture and equipment to Surplus  

Contact: Jeff Morrell
Phone: (970) 491-3229