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Our mission is to serve in an advisory capacity to all campus departments, colleges and other entities in an effort to advance environmental and economic sustainability at the University of Wyoming.

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Campus Sustainability Committee
Service Building 110
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6226
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Eco-Pokes Tips for Sustainability

Eco-Pokes is a UW Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) initiative to provide easy tips for how students, staff, and faculty can reduce their impact on the environment (and wallets). The CSC also provides updates about opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community.

Eco-Pokes Tip #2: The holiday season often results in more -- more energy use, more stuff, more food, and more waste. Here are a few ideas for celebrating the season more sustainably:

  • Wrapping paper  -- Non-metallic wrapping paper and all cardboard gift boxes can be recycled through both campus and city recycling programs. Go one step further and reuse gift bags/boxes, tissue paper, bows, and old newspaper instead of using new wrapping materials.
  • Decorations -- Join in the local tradition of cutting your own tree from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The Forest Service provides permits and guidelines. When the season is over, utilize the City of Laramie’s free curbside tree pickup to ensure trees are chipped into mulch and made available for residential use. You can also find gently used decorations at local thrift stores.
  • Lights -- LED lights are a great energy-saving holiday lighting option that have decreased in cost in recent years. Local hardware stores may offer incentives for swapping them out for old, incandescent holiday lights. Using a timer for all holiday lights ensures that they don’t remain on around the clock, saving energy and money.
  • Food -- Seek out more sustainable holiday food by supporting local farmers and focusing on seasonal foods. Local products can be found at the Big Hollow Food Co-Op, the Triple Crown Commodities Cooperative, the Fort Collins Winter Farmers Market, and elsewhere.
  • Consumption -- Support local businesses this season. There are many gift options that are made locally, minimize packaging, or are made with recycled materials. You can also reduce your consumption altogether by giving experiential gifts focused on local excursions. And, ‘tis the season for sharing—donations can be made to a variety of local organizations and efforts, such as the University of Wyoming’s 2014 Holiday Food Drive and the coat drive at the Union Information Desk.

For additional tips, visit the CSC Facebook page for a month-long Countdown to a Sustainable New Year.  

On and Around Campus

  • Cellphone Recycling Event, Wednesday, December 10th 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Wyoming Union Breezeway (Free pizza for those who donate!)

Eco-Pokes Tip #1: Winter is just around the corner in Wyoming. Take some easy and more extensive steps to reduce your winter heating needs to save energy and money.

  • Open shades on south-facing windows during the day to allow for natural heating. Close them at night to reduce the chill. Use insulated shades and curtains or heavy-duty plastic to maximize weatherization.
  • Lower your thermostat setting at night and before leaving the house to reduce your energy bills without affecting comfort. Better yet, digital thermostats can be programmed to do this automatically for added convenience.
  • Properly maintain your heating and cooling system for the most efficient use possible.
  • Seal holes and cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets with caulking and weather stripping to reduce heat loss.
  • Check insulation levels, especially in your attic. An attic insulation value of at least R-49 (at least 14 inches of common blown-in cellulose insulation) is recommended in Laramie.

Find additional tips and learn more about winter energy savings at

The Campus Sustainability Committee advances sustainability at the University of Wyoming and the broader community by promoting sustainability awareness, using campus as a living laboratory, and maintaining accountability for UW’s American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Contact us at


UW Performs Well in Recycling Competition

April 28, 2014 — The University of Wyoming once again placed among the leaders in the annual RecycleMania national recycling competition, earning a spot among the top 25 percent of participating schools.

UW Celebrates Earth Day 2014

April 14, 2014 — To celebrate Earth Day, students and organizations at the University of Wyoming are planning a campus cleanup, glass recycling drop-off and clothing drive, plus speakers, forums, film screenings and numerous other activities.

Submissions Now Open for UW Sustainable Fashion Show

February 14, 2014 — Two student organizations in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are now accepting submissions for a sustainable fashion show later this semester.

UW Joins Recycling Competition

February 3, 2014 — The University of Wyoming has set its sights on the 2014 RecycleMania competition.

Four Large Recycling Collection Bins Donated to UW

December 2, 2013 — Wyoming Beverage Inc., a Pepsi manufacturer and distributor, recently donated four new outdoor collection bins to the University of Wyoming.

Researchers Study Beetle-Killed Trees as a Sustainable Biofuel

November 6, 2013 — Millions of acres of beetle-killed trees in the Rocky Mountains could possibly be developed into an innovative industry that uses existing technology to convert biomass into high-grade gasoline, according to University of Wyoming members of a multistate research consortium known as the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR). It will study the major challenges limiting the production of biofuel using insect-killed trees in the Rocky Mountains.

Walking Tour among UW Sustainability Highlights

November 4, 2013 — A self-guided walking tour highlighting some of the major sustainability features on the University of Wyoming campus is now available online.

UW Haub School to Boost Efforts to Sustain Landscapes in Wyoming and the West

October 31, 2013 — The University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources is poised to tackle some of the West’s toughest natural resource challenges.

Glass Recycling to End at UW

October 14, 2013 — University of Wyoming Recycling will no longer accept glass effective Monday, Oct. 21.

Old Refrigerator Energy Awareness Contest Winner

October 14, 2013 — UW Recycling won the University of Wyoming’s first-ever “Old Refrigerator” Energy Awareness Contest, sponsored by the Campus Sustainability Committee.

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UW Campus Sustainability Committee Meetings

Meetings are generally scheduled for the first working Monday of each month between September and May at 1:30 p.m. in the 'Flaming Gorge Room' of the Wyoming Union (Room 002) next to ASUW Gallery 234

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

University of Wyoming is a member institution of AASHE, an organization of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education.

Sustainability Discussion Series

Check out the 2012 discussion series archive on campus sustainability.

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