Does Mines compost?
A frequent question to the Mines Sustainability Office is Why doesn’t Mines compost? Mines did try composting in the past but experienced some problems with the smell and the proximity to the Residence Halls. Leaking compost bins and attraction of unwanted pest was another issue. Mines Sustainability is working with Sustainability Studies classes on campus to develop a composting system for the campus. In the meantime, Mines does compost for large events where compost does not need to be stored on campus.
What does Mines do with leftover food?
Mines is a Food Recovery site. Here is what is currently being done to keep food waste at a minimum.
- The Periodic Table – The Golden Food Bank picks up food every Tuesday
- Catering – Food items that do not require temperature control are placed in the food pantry in the Student Center.
- Mines Market – This is an area where we may be able to start a recovery program. If students are willing to deliver the food to a local food bank and/or shelter Mines Market would be happy to work with you.
What is e-waste and what can I do with my e-waste?
E-waste is any electrical or electronic appliance that becomes obsolete or no longer works and needs to be discarded. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment states that e-waste cannot be disposed of in landfills in Colorado because e-waste often contains heavy metals like mercury and lead that can contaminate ground water. Look here to see how you can dispose of your e-waste properly.
What are sustainable transportation options?
Personal – Mines has environmentally-friendly modes of transportation for students, staff, and faculty that commute, including electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Mines has two single port stations and two dual port stations that can charge six vehicles at a time. The stations will allow faculty, staff, students and visitors the chance to charge their vehicle for free (a valid Mines permit or meter receipt is required) for a max of four hours per day. The new EV charging stations, located in the CT, E and F parking lots, add to the many sustainable transportation options available at Mines, including a Zipcar rental program and RTD access. The new parking garage will also have EV charging stations.Students and staff receive a 20% discount on parking if they own an ECO car.
For those wanting to offset carbon emissions from their vehicles, you can sign up for the Colorado Carbon Fund.
Students can also bring their own bike, rent a bike from the Outdoor Recreation Center, or drive to campus in an electric vehicle and use one of the campus EV charging stations.
Public – Some students and staff take advantage of public transportation (Mines offers a discount on passes).
Tickets: RTD Mobile Ticket App
Park at a RTD Light Rail Station and look for train going to Jeffco Golden Government Center station. At the station, look for the Green Bus parked at Gate A. It will take you directly to the campus and let you off in front of Alderson Hall and across from the Guggenheim buildings on Illinois street. The bus picks up passengers in the same location for the return trip. Your Light Rail ticket transfers to the bus. You can also purchase packets of ten Rail tickets at Safeway and validate them using the Red Validate Tickets Box at the Light Rail Station. The Green Bus runs every 15 minutes through campus during the school year and every hour during the summer. Some students bring bikes and skateboards on the Light Rail and ride them to the campus from the Government Center station. A paved bike path is available from the station to the campus.
Carbon Offsets – For individuals or clubs on campus hoping to offset their carbon emissions, Mines Sustainability recommends purchasing carbon offset, renewable energy credits, and/or water restoration certificates from Terrapass.
Why doesn’t Mines have a Bike Share Program?
We tried a bike share program but due to the hilly terrain and the City of Golden population, the company discontinued the program.
If you have any questions that you would like to submit for consideration on the Mines Sustainability FAQs page, simply email Lauren Poole directly. If enough people are curious about the same thing you are, you may see your question put up on the FAQ page.