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.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Talk

Join the Department of Electrical Engineering on Wednesday, November 6th from 4:00pm t o 6:30pm for a talk delivered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation!

This talk will focus on history of water power resources in the Western United States and what the future of this valuable resource may look like!

Click here for more information!

Denver Sustainability Project

The Mines SRSE Club (Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers) is hoping to partner with MWB on a project in Denver to make a traveling laundry truck — Bayaud’s Truck — more sustainable

Bayaud’s truck travels to different areas to provide laundry services to those who are homeless and/or experience extreme poverty. They currently drain their grey water into the sewer, but would like to explore more sustainable options for reusing the water. 

Do you want to help find a solution? Email Cassidy Grady ASAP for more information!


Mines 2019 Energy & Sustainability Report

Over the past year, Mines Sustainability and McKinstry have been hard at work making Mines a more sustainable place to learn and live!

To see what has been accomplished and where Mines is looking to go next, check out the Mines 2019 Energy & Sustainability Report! In this report, you’ll find information ranging from new sustainable construction to waste diversion metrics to sustainable research happening right here on campus. Check it out!

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.

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October is Campus Sustainability Month

Join Mines Sustainability as we celebrate Campus Sustainability Month at Mines! During October, Mines Sustainability will be putting on a variety of events to help you become more sustainable!

If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Campus Sustainability Month page for details on this month’s activities as well as volunteer opportunities!

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.