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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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Sustainability means "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." — Brundtland Commission

2014 Refrigerator Round-Up

2014 Refrigerator Round-up Poster

Laramie Glass Recycling Forum

Held on Tuesday November 19th 2013, the forum was well attended and many ideas were presented - many thanks to the Laramie community members for attending!! 

Read the full Meeting Minutes from the Laramie Glass Recycling Forum HERE


Thank you again to the panelists from the Ark Regional Services, City of Laramie Solid Waste, Rocky Mountain Bottling Company, UW Recycling, and Waste Management.

This forum was made possible by the partners and sponsors who generously donated time and resources: UW Extension, UW Haub School, City of Laramie, UW Campus Sustainability Committee, Big Hollow Food Co-Op, and UW Environment and Natural Resources Club.

Read the Laramie Boomerang Article about the Forum HERE


Want to learn more about glass recycling now?  Check out these links:

Fort Collins glass recycling analysis, 2008

Recyclebank - Learn More about Recycling Glass

Glass Packaging Institute - Why Recycle Glass?

Michigan State University Report about Use of Waste Glass in Concrete

Rocky Mountain Bottling Short Video

2013 Refrigerator Roundup Winner

2013 Refigerator Roundup Winner University of Wyoming Recycling

The 'winning' entry from UW Recycling (right) was a 1946 GE model and was replaced with a new Energy Star rated model from 2013 (on left) which is not only larger but will also save UW about 30-40% in energy costs over its predecessor.  Learn more...

Trash 2 Treasures

Moving out? Don't leave that couch by the curb, call Trash 2 Treasures. As part of this fundraising project sponsored by the UW Nordic Ski Team, they will pick up your unwanted items and then sell them to the returning students in the fall. Possible donated items include: furniture, refrigerators, microwaves, lamps, rugs, pillows, ect. Anything except clothes! For more information go to .

Sustainable Laramie 2050 Essay Contest Winners Announced!

First prize in the contest went to Ian Gonella, a student in Energy Resource Science for his sustainable Laramie 2050 essay. Second place was awarded to Seyed Hamid Reza Sanei who majors in mechanical engineering.

The object of the essay was to write a description of Laramie in 2050 assuming we are successful in bringing about a relatively sustainable world. The goal is to be optimistic, but not utopian or unrealistic.  The writers were to consider both material (e.g., energy, food, transport), social, political and economic systems.

First Place Essay (pdf) Second Place Essay (pdf)
Ian Gonella Seyed Hamid Reaz Sanei

Photo - Ian Gonella

Photo - Hamid Sanei

The Campus Sustainability Committee would like to thank all those who submitted entries.

Presidents Climate Commitment

In September 2007, UW President Tom Buchanan signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The ACUPCC aims to combat global climate change through leadership at institutions of higher learning. To learn more, please visit

View the complete plan - University of Wyoming Climate Action Plan (PDF)



View the 2011 Campus Sustainability Committee Progress Report (PDF), which highlights advances in sustainability at UW in several categories over the last year.

View the results of the 2011 Campus Sustainability Survey (PDF), which analyzes awareness of and attitudes towards campus sustainability issues.

Upcoming Sustainability-Related Events


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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