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Sustainability|Campus
 

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
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5306
Email: uwsustainability@uwyo.edu
CSC Committee
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Earth Day and April 2016 Activities:

The Campus Sustainability Committee, ASUW, Wyoming Conservation Corps, SLCE, ACRES Farm, ENR Club, Sustainability Club, Nordic Ski Team, RHA, MASS, ROAR and others have come together to help celebrate Earth Day and related activities in April!

  • Friday, April 22 from 11 - 1pm, Earth Day Fair with live music, glass recycling and more, Simpson's Plaza
  • Saturday, April 23, City Cleanup Day with SLCE
  • Saturday, April 23, ENR Club Tree Planting at Curt Gowdy (sign up at Earth Day Fair)
  • Friday, April 29 - ACRES Urban Agriculture, Berry Center - time TBD
  • Saturday, April 30 - ACRES local food gathering, Laramie High School

For a complete listing of these events click here!


Conservation and Efficiency Revolving Fund - CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND IDEAS

The Conservation and Efficiency Revolving Fund (CERF) is a UW Campus Sustainability Committee initiative, successfully established in spring 2014 with $250,000 in seed capital provided by the UW Physical Plant. Revolving funds such as the CERF are innovative funding mechanisms for campus efficiency, conservation, and sustainability projects that demonstrate an excellent return on investment. Savings from these projects are “revolved” back into the CERF to continually fund similar projects. 

Specifically, the CERF:

  • Provides a formal platform for efficiency and conservation to serve as an investment in the university, rather than a net expense, ensuring beneficial and profitable projects do not go unfunded due to capital constraints;
  • Demonstrates good stewardship of state resources by reducing operating expenses;
  • Creates a living laboratory for student engagement, applied research, and curriculum-based learning;
  • Improves the built environment;
  • Reduces exposure to energy price fluctuations;
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions per UW’s American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment obligations;
  • Provides examples of innovative efficiency measures and processes for implementation throughout the state per the institution’s land grant mission.

We are looking for proposals that range from detailed project plans to promising ideas!  The CERF is open to students, staff and faculty.  Propose projects to improve sustainability on UW’s campus, while reducing our operating expenses. Up to $350,000 is now available for improvements to energy, water, and waste systems. Savings from your projects will be used to fund future project. 

Proposals are due May 6, 2016

Submit completed applications electronically to Rachael Budowle, rbudowle@uwyo.edu.


News

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UW Forum to Examine Impacts of Proposed Clean Power Plan

March 30, 2016 — Experts will examine local and national implications of and challenges and opportunities presented by the Clean Power Plan during a forum Monday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Union Family Room.

UW to Host Renewable Energy Summit June 12-14

March 29, 2016 — The status of and prospects for further wind and solar energy development will be explored in a Renewable Energy Summit June 12-14 at the University of Wyoming.

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Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice Scheduled at UW

March 22, 2016 — One of the founders of the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice will return for the event’s 20th anniversary at the University of Wyoming.

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Laramie Garden Study Shows Strong Productivity at 7,200 Feet

March 17, 2016 — Some Laramie gardeners know that the common wisdom that nothing will grow on the wind-swept high plains is, actually, not very wise. So, in partnership with the University of Wyoming and Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV), more than 30 local gardeners weighed each and every harvest from their home and community garden plots, some for two or even three seasons.

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UW Economist Makes Case for Inclusive Green Economy

March 16, 2016 — The global problems of environmental degradation and income inequality will continue to worsen without international efforts to transition to a more inclusive green economy, a University of Wyoming economist argues.

UW-Led Habitat Restoration Workshop April 19-20 in Casper

March 16, 2016 — Advancements and challenges in Wyoming’s efforts to conserve wildlife habitat, while promoting natural resource production, will be explored in a workshop in Casper next month.

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UW Extension Entomologist Says Warmer Climate Could Boost Grasshopper Numbers

March 8, 2016 — University of Wyoming Extension Entomologist Alex Latchininsky says a wetter, warmer climate may contribute to future locust outbreaks like that harassing Argentinians, and also could boost future grasshopper infestations in Wyoming and the West.

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UW Campus Sustainability Committee Meetings

Meetings are the first working Monday of each month, of the academic year, at 1:30 p.m. For details contact the committee co-chairs, Rachael Budowle (rbudowle@uwyo.edu) or Nicole Korfanta (Korfanta@uwyo.edu).

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.

Conservation and Efficiency Revolving Fund (CERF)

Propose projects to improve sustainability on UW’s campus, while reducing our operating expenses.

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