Sustainability at Mines

The mission of the Colorado School of Mines is education and research in engineering and science to solve the world’s challenges related to the earth, energy, and environment.

Earth Day at Mines!

Join the Mines Sustainability Committee, MAC, and EarthWorks this April for the first annual Mines Earth Day Fair! Events will be held around campus throughout the week of April 22nd to commemorate Earth Day and a more sustainable future for the whole Mines campus.

See the Earth Day Fair page for more details! We look forward to seeing you there!

Additionally, each year, the Earth Day Network selects a theme for Earth Day. This year’s theme is Save Our Species! For more details on Earth Day 2019 – Save Our Species, see here!

For more tips on how to make your Earth Day a bit greener, see here!

Sustainable Lab Opportunity – Shut the Sash!

In Colorado, a single open fume hood can consume as much energy as one home! The high energy use is due to fresh, conditioned air constantly being exhausted through them to the outdoors. An easy way to reduce the energy consumption of a fume hood is to SHUT THE SASH when not in use.

More details.

Sustainability News


Mines Park – Green Your Move Out!

Mines Park has more than 100 apartment residences. Help the Sustainability Office and Green Team “green” your move out this May by donating your furniture, small appliances, cookware, and other items for reuse by students moving into Mines Park in the Fall. If you are interested in helping us keep those items out of the landfill by donating or volunteering to help, sign up using the links below!


Curious About Recycling in Colorado?


Are you curious about what actually happens to your recyclables after it is whisked away by Alpine Waste? Do you wonder what is actually recyclable or whether or not that bit of peanut butter in the jar makes it unrecyclable?

If these are questions you normally find yourself asking, see here for an article by Xandra McMahon about how Colorado’s single-stream recycling infrastructure actually works.