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.

Academics and Research

Learn about how Mines is working toward a greener future through cutting-edge research and novel curricula.


Learn about how Mines is working to be a steward of the environment through campus-wide initiatives and green operations.

Get Involved

Learn how Mines is working to build a sustainable campus culture that will help students live in a more environmentally-friendly way.

Campus Initiatives

Learn what initiatives Mines is pledging to in order to champion a more sustainable future for the campus.

Sustainability Starter Kit


Whether you’re new to campus or returning, we should all strive to be a bit more green this year! If you’re interested in learning how, check out our new Sustainability Starter Kit! Let’s make Fall 2020 the greenest semester yet!

Energy Efficiency as an Energy Resource


At 1:30pm on Wednesday, October 28th, Dr. Howard Geller will present on the prospects of energy efficiency as an energy resource. See the event flier for the Zoom link and additional information.

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.

Campus Sustainability Month


Join Mines Sustainability in celebrating National Campus Sustainability Month! Information on all of our upcoming events can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

A Word From the President


At Mines, our sustainability efforts are focused in three main areas:  teaching, research, and facilities. Students from nearly every discipline have opportunities to take courses that relate environmental issues to society, culture, engineering, and applied sciences.

Mines faculty are engaged in a broad spectrum of sustainability-related research projects, ranging from water purification research to the development of photovoltaic technologies.

Our facilities team is changing the way our campus runs and operates, emphasizing efficiency and cost-savings, in addition to conservation.