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Environment / Sustainability

Green is Gold Campaign reaches milestone, 43 teams

September 4, 2009

Last spring the Green is Gold Campaign was revived on Earth Day to help "The Green University" save energy and money during these tough economic times. Forty-three teams from across CSU have signed up and the first review date is Sept. 11, 2009.

We look forward to this milestone to see what teams have achieved and to welcome new teams to register to take part in Green is Gold.

Don't have a team registered yet?

It's not too late to register a team for this review or you can get a team started for the next review, which is scheduled for April 1, 2010.

Interested? You can download a team starter kit [PDF] and Green is Gold score sheet [PDF]. There is also a listserv where teams can register to receive tips and strategies for reducing energy. The listserv provides a forum to ask questions, overcome challenges, and share successes. Sign up today!

Already registered?

The first review date for Green is Gold score sheets is Sept. 11, 2009. This is your team's chance to show off what you've done to save energy and money by participating in Green is Gold. E-mail your score sheets to and the Live Green Team will review these score sheets.

Teams will earn recognition on the Green is Gold website and can earn prizes for different achievement levels:

  • Honorable Mention (50 points): teams are highlighted on the Green is Gold website
  • Bronze Level (75 points): an energy efficiency grant
  • Silver Level (100 points): community bike for the team
  • Green is Gold Certification (125 points): plaque and university recognition

If your team hasn’t filled out the score sheets yet, you may download the Green is Gold Score Sheet online under "Resources to get started" (Excel and PDF versions available).

Self-report new initiatives

Teams are asked to self-report on the score sheet and partial points are allowed. For example, there are four points available for installing power strips on equipment. If your team has installed power strips on 25 percent of the equipment in your office or lab, you can award your team one of the four points and set a goal to earn another point or two by the next review date.

Please remember that all points need to be for new initiatives that have been implemented since your team joined Green is Gold. Results will be shared with the campus community and posted on the Green is Gold website.

The next review date is April 1, 2010, so mark your calendar. Your team will have another chance to earn prizes and recognition at the Earth Day celebration in April.

Share your success stories

In addition to the score sheets, we would love to hear your success stories! What has gone well? What changes have you implemented? What challenges have you overcome? Please post success stories to the Green is Gold listserv or e-mail them to Questions? Call (970) 491-3229.

Go Green!
Live Green Team

Contact: Jeff Morrell, Live Green Team Chair
Phone: (970) 491-3229