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.

People.Power.Planet launched this fall to educate students, faculty, and staff about saving energy and water on campus while empowering us to be good stewards of the environment. Through friendly competitions, events, and other activities, this program will challenge us to change behaviors and become aware of our impact on campus and the world. To learn more and sign up, click here!


Sustainability News 



Groundbreaking: Colorado School of Mines’ Residence Hall

The City of Denver announced on November 30th that it can now recycle paper and plastic coffee cups like the Starbucks coffee cups. Read more at Denver can now recycle paper coffee cups.

A pair of Colorado School of Mines-led teams have been awarded more than $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy for research that could lower the cost of solar electricity.

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.




Here’s a list of sustainable new year resolutions that don’t require you to go on a diet!

  1. Be kind to each other. Life is short.
  2. Recycle more!
  3. Carry a reusable shopping bag
  4. Donate used clothing and goods
  5. Pack no waste lunches to save money and reduce waste
  6. Turn off the lights and projectors in classrooms when you leave!
  7. Use less water
  8. Volunteer for the campus Green Team
  9. Attend the Mines Earth Day Fair on April 22, 2019
  10. Print less paper



Colorado Environmental Film Festival

February 21-23, 2019

American Mountaineering Center

710 10th St. Golden, CO

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an inspiring event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens feature length and short films by foreign, local and young filmmakers. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film.