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.


Mines student and McKinstry intern, Nicole Demby, shows off the new swag for our energy saving People.Power.Planet campaign. #MINESpeoplepowerplanet #MINESgreenlife #sustainability #intern #COSchoolofMines #energysavings People.Power.Planet is an awareness and educational campaign that you can get involved in to do your part to help Mines save energy and water. People.Power.Planet helps you take action and create a positive impact! Learn how you can make a difference through behavioral change to save energy, water, and waste to help lower Mines’ environmental footprint. Set up your game to ear points and campus recognition and challenge others to join you. See who is really committed to creating a more sustainable community while you help Mines reach its energy and sustainability goals. To learn more and sign up click here! Create an account using your university email address and answer a few initial questions. The first 100 people to create an account and take the survey will receive a reusable bag and anyone who signs up by October 1, 2018 will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad! Thank you in advance for your participation in this important campaign!

Sustainability News

Mines Energy Awareness Campaign Featured on KUNC — Mines is partnering with McKinstry to increase energy awareness and savings on campus and KUNC, Northern Colorado’s public radio station, recently covered the story on air. Mines Solar Decathlon in Africa — Learn about how the Mines Solar Decathlon team is preparing for competition in Africa in 2019. Mines Solar Decathlon Team’s home featured in U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Sustainability Expo. Mines Students Compete in Clean River Design Challenge — Students at Colorado School of Mines, Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver are helping tackle a major problem facing urban waterways in Denver Solar Disinfection System Wins CECS Design Fair — Check out how Mines students are designing a solar-powered water disinfection system for use in rural Uganda.


Monday, October 1, 2018 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Coolbaugh Hall, Room 209

Amory Lovins is an American physicist, environmental scientist, writer, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has worked in the field of energy policy and related areas for four decades. Time magazine named him one of the World’s 100 most influential people in 2009. Lovins worked professionally as an environmentalist in the 1970s and since then as an analyst of a “soft energy path for the United States and other nations. He has promoted energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources, and the generation of energy at or near the site where the energy is actually used. Lovins has also advocated a “negawatt revolution” arguing that utility customers don’t want kilowatt hours of electricity; they want energy services. Lovins has received ten honorary doctorates and won many awards. He has published 31 books, including Reinventing Fire, Winning the Oil Endgame, Small is Profitable, Brittle Power, and Natural Capitalism.

2018 Sustainable Denver Summit

2018 Sustainable Denver Summit

November 29, 2018 Colorado Convention Center

The Sustainable Denver Summit brings together hundreds of leaders from across Denver’s business, nonprofit and civic communities to develop and announce commitments for new and expanded initiatives that will help Denver achieve its 2020 Sustainability Goals. For more details and to register, visit the City of Denver’s Office of Sustainability website.