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Walking Tour among UW Sustainability Highlights

November 4, 2013
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The Campus Sustainability Committee demonstrated this electric truck in the recent UW Homecoming parade. (CSC Photo)

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

The tour includes LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified buildings, the Pokes Spokes bike library, Washakie dining hall and the residence halls, and the ACRES student farm. To access the map, go to

The map is among highlights included in an update by the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC), an advisory committee to all campus constituents for sustainability-related matters at UW. CSC members are divided into two teams. The Sustainable Engagement Team (SET) works on education, outreach and awareness projects, and the Sustainable Resources Team (SRT) works on energy efficiency, conservation and cost analysis.

Among other highlights included in the CSC update:

Homecoming Parade -- The SET coordinated the CSC entry in the parade again this year. The annual homecoming parade is a time for celebrating and raising awareness for campus sustainability, and committee members enjoy promoting sustainability in the parade each year.

CERF -- The Sustainable Resources Team (SRT) has worked diligently to implement a Conservation and Efficiency Revolving Fund. This project grew out of a student group project from last year’s Sustainability class. SRT members have secured a startup funding commitment; developed an implementation plan; and have given several presentations to campus officials to gain support and approval for the project. Presentations continue with a target implementation date of this December.

2013 Campus Sustainability Summit and Dinner Tour -- This year’s Sustainability Summit will include a panel discussion on the successes and challenges of building "green" at 7,200 feet, and will conclude with a progressive dinner and tours of the Bim Kendall House, Berry Center, Energy Innovation Center, UW College of Business and the Visual Arts Building. Architects and UW representatives will be on hand to explain the sustainable design features of each building. The event will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 2– 8:30 p.m.; the cost is $10 per person and space is limited. For more information, visit

Glass recycling – The ARK of Laramie has stopped accepting glass for recycling, effective Nov. 1. Since the ARK was UW’s only outlet for recycled glass, UW Recycling has stopped accepting glass. CSC members and others are brainstorming ideas for alternate outlets and other uses for recycled glass. Email ideas to The CSC is planning open discussions with multiple interested groups in the near future. Watch for more information as plans are finalized.

For more information on campus sustainability, visit the CSC website at


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