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Sustainability|Campus

Campus Sustainability Committee Mission

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.

Contact Us

Campus Sustainability Committee
Service Building 110
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6226
Email: uwsustainability@uwyo.edu
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Accomplishments

The University of Wyoming is working hard to become more economically and environmentally sustainable. Each year we make progress toward that end. Here is a list of some of our accomplishments to date:

Energy efficiency

The University of Wyoming has taken steps toward reducing institutional greenhouse gas emissions, particularly within the following key areas: energy, facilities, grounds, water, transportation, purchasing and procurement, recycling and waste management, policy, and behavioral change.  The Physical Plant and Facilities Planning have increased energy efficiency across campus by installing new and more efficient windows, heat recovery systems, control valves, motors, and lighting in many of the buildings on campus.  Additional projects underway include steam trap upgrades, developing a metering program, installing misers on vending machines, and completing a campus-wide controls system upgrade.

Transportation

Facilities Planning, TransPark and Transit Services aim to help reduce UW's emissions through expanded shuttle services, bike and pedestrian routes, and adding hybrid and other alternative fuel vehicles to the fleet.  The number of electric fleet vehicles has been expanded from three to eight, and a number of fleet vehicles can run on flex fuel.  Six efficient diesel buses were added to the fleet in mid-2011.

The University of Wyoming offers shuttle service on and around campus and the community to reduce the number of cars on the campus perimeter.  The campus shuttle system has been expanded to include express shuttles from a remote south lot and long-term east lot. Shuttle information is available from TransPark.

The University also has a bike loan program available - the Pokes' Spokes Bike Library.  In 2008, the Physical Plant installed new bike racks to accommodate almost 500 additional bikes, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Committee designated bike and pedestrian pathways with dismount zones and priority uses.

Major construction and renovation

The University of Wyoming now requires that all new construction and major renovations strive to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards. The College of Business is certified LEED Gold, the Kendall House is certified LEED Gold and the Fine Arts Building is certified LEED platinum.  ACRES Farm built a passive solar shed in 2011, using mostly reclaimed materials. UW routinely utilizes building materials from demolished buildings, passive solar design, low-flow water fixtures and low-emitting materials. Learn more about LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Purchasing

From paper and cleaning products to food and food service containers, UW is working to purchase products with post-consumer recycled content and products that are compostable.  A contract is in place to purchase 100% recycled content paper products for restrooms in campus facilities, and most departments contract for 30% recycled content paper for office use.  Dining Services has worked to increase procurement of locally-grown foods when possible, finding many sources within 200 miles. 

Recycling and Waste Management

UW operates a recycling program and participates in the national RecycleMania competition each year. Recycling continues to increase through the use of additional pickup locations, cardboard-specific dumpsters, and increased pickup frequency. UW Recycling now as a drive-thru recycling drop off station on 15th Street and Gibbon Ave. Additionally, UW now has in place an Energy Star purchasing policy, and construction and renovation purchasing complement LEED standards. Office equipment and furniture is often reused on campus or recycled through local and regional channels. All pre-consumer, plant based food waste is composted at the student-run, on-campus farm, and many of the food vendors on campus utilize compostable food service containers.

RecycleMania 2013

The University of Wyoming once again placed among the top 30 percent of schools participating in this national recycling competition.  The contest measured the amount of trash and recycled materials collected at more than 500 schools nationwide to determine which participants had highest recycling rate.  Participating colleges and universities collected more than 90 million pounds of materials during the 8-week competition, preventing the release of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.  Learn more about RecycleMania and view the results at RecycleManiacs.org . UW performed well in several categories:

In the Per Capita contest, schools competed to collect the largest combined amount of paper, cardboard, bottles and cans per person. UW was 157th among 406 schools, with a total of 10.898 pounds recycled per person.  This was good for number one out of five Mountain West conference participants, as UW edged out Colorado State by recycling one pound more per person!  “I would like to thank everyone in the UW community who helped to keep the Mountain West title in the per-capita classic,” said Tod Scott, UW Manager of Custodial Services and Waste Management.

In the Waste Minimization competition, schools competed to see who produced the least waste, including both trash and recyclables. UW produced only 29.047  pounds of waste per person, placing 50th among 179 schools participating. UW collected 6.452 pounds of paper per person for recycling, scoring 39th out of 247 schools.

The total amount of recyclables collected was measured for each school and the participating school with the largest total amount won the Gorilla Prize that recognizes schools with outstanding recycling facilities and habits. UW collected a total of 144,121 pounds of recyclables during the competition, for 130th place among 411 schools.

Table of UW Results in Each Participating Category

UW’s totals

Overall rank

Out of

Mtn. West Conference rank

Out of

Total

Grand Champion

76

274

2

3

37.52%

Per Capita

157

406

1

5

10.898pounds/FTE

Gorilla Prize

130

411

2

5

144121 pounds

Waste Minimization

50

179

2

2

29.047pounds/FTE

Paper

39

247

1

4

6.452pounds/FTE

Cardboard

78

247

1

5

3.356pounds/FTE

Bottles & Cans

89

244

1

4

1.091pounds/FTE

Organics

139

195

3

3

.474pounds/FTE

Electronics

23

79

 

 

1.29pounds/FTE

Film

12

14

 

 

.0049pounds/FTE

 

Wyoming Sustainability Summit 2010

This statewide conference provided a forum for local leaders and interested citizens to learn about environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The Wyoming Sustainability Summit provided a venue for sharing information about challenges and successes with sustainability initiatives and how to successfully address these issues in residences, businesses, and communities.

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