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.
Campus Sustainability Committee Mission
Laramie, WY 82071
The University of Wyoming is working hard to become more financially and environmentally sustainable. Each year we make progress toward that end. Here is a list of some of our accomplishments to date:
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.
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.
Major construction and renovation
The University of Wyoming 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.
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.
Wyoming Sustainability Summits
The Campus Sustainability Committee has hosted two sustainability summits, in 2010 and 2013. The 2013 summit included a progressive dinner tour through UW's green buildings.