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Environment / Sustainability

Green is Gold faculty and staff energy conservation campaign

November 2, 2010

The Green is Gold challenge for faculty and staff will kick off this year on Nov. 1! The Green is Gold campaign is a campus-wide initiative to save energy and reduce energy costs. Teammates from a location on campus (e.g., a department) work together to implement energy saving measures in their building.

Monthly challenges

Unlike past years, this year’s competition will be divided up into monthly challenges specific to one aspect of living green on campus and in the community.

November’s challenge is energy usage. Winners will receive remote-controlled power strips for their work area. Other challenges will cover:

  • alternative transportation
  • paper usage
  • recycling
  • green purchasing
  • communication with the rest of the CSU community

Watch for more information on these challenges in the coming months.

Do your part and get involved

Want to take part? To register a new team, go to and follow the "Register your team" link on the home page.

Already have a team? Teams who have participated in Green is Gold in past years are encouraged to take part again this year and continue to earn points toward Green is Gold certification. There are new features this year including prizes for the monthly challenges. Visit the new score sheet and earn points each month.

Ultimate Challenge

The Ultimate Challenge will test the limits on how “green” you can really be. Earn extra points by going above and beyond to make your team more environmentally friendly. Details can be found on the score sheet each month.

The goal of the new format is to make it easier for teams to participate by focusing on one area of the competition, rather than taking on a lot of items at once.

Energy saving tips for Nov.

1. Set printers and copiers to default to double-sided printing
2. Turn off lights in rooms that are unused for 15 minutes or more during the day
3. Convert all desk and floor lamps to compact fluorescent bulbs

Get involved in this year’s competition by helping your team reduce energy usage on campus and in the office! Register your team online at Access to team score sheets will also be there.

Contact: Mandy Hagedorn
Phone: (970) 491-3760