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Environment / Sustainability

Green is Gold campaign update

November 10, 2009

The Green is Gold campaign is a campus-wide initiative to save energy and reduce energy costs.

The Centennial Greens team includes (l to r): Kristy Klenk, LeAnne Schnader, Loree Morse, Julie Harms, Jeanne Snyder, Tom Biedscheid. Not pictured: Heather Novak and Carla William.

46 teams in 31 locations

Forty-six teams have registered for the Green is Gold campaign, which launched six months ago on Earth Day. The nearly 50 teams can be found in 31 locations on campus and two off-campus locations (Denver and Salida, Colo.).

Teams range in size from just a handful to 60 members (both the Moby Arena Pool and CSU Police Department teams have 60 members.)

Participating departments on campus vary from the School of Education to the Graduate School, Housing and Dining Services, Foreign Language Instructors and staff, Admissions, (Biomarc) MIP, Greek Life Office, and Mathematics.

Honorable Mentions, Bronze winner

After the first review cycle on Sept. 11, Masterminds (Housing and Dining Services, Palmer Center), Aylesworthy (Aylesworth Hall) and Westfall Office Watts (Westfall Front Office) teams earned Honorable Mention (min. 50 points). The Centennial Greens team (Student Financial Services department) earned a Bronze Level (min. 75 points) award of achievement for its efforts and will be receiving two energy monitors for their building as their reward.

Centennial Greens team

Thomas Biedscheid, the team’s leader, shares some thoughts on their participation in this program. “Since we initiated the Green is Gold campaign in Student Financial Services and the Registrar’s Office, a common thread I’ve heard from several people is how conscious they are about energy consumption at home, but when they get to work, the idea completely leaves them. The campaign brought about this awareness, and it’s been encouraging to see the unused lights turning off.”

Successful initiatives

Here are two initiatives the Centennial Greens team have implemented as a result of this campaign:

Fax-to-server technology

Student Financial Services and the Registrar’s Office receive between three and four reams of faxes per week. In an effort to curb the significant paper consumption, Centennial Greens discovered that their copy machines support Fax to FTP technology. Now, at no additional cost, all of their faxes go directly to a network directory and those electronic documents are then added straight to their imaging system. Not only are they saving literally hundreds of pieces of paper each week, the result has been a smoother process for students and staff as well.

Bike racks added

The Centennial Greens committee noticed that bike rack use by their building had become extremely heavy. Frequently, the bike rack was completely full. They contacted Facilities and that same day more bike racks arrived to support alternative transportation.

Next review April 1, 2010

Share your success story with us!

The next team review date is April 1, 2010, so mark your calendars! Teams to reach the highest level of achievement will earn a cruiser bike for their team to use around campus. Haven't registered a team yet? Visit to sign up today! The website features a score sheet, tip sheets, info about the Green is Gold listserv, and much more.

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