Our Plan

Sustainability statement

Mines is committed to protecting the environment, health, and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and developing student leaders and innovators that will engineer a more sustainable future. Our mission is to engage, inspire, and support the campus community in sustainability initiatives by

  • Integrating sustainability into campus education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), which includes sustainability studies and environmental engineering, new degrees in advanced renewable energy programs in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, sustainable policy development, and plans to create a “Campus as a Living Lab” to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student experience.
  • Modeling sustainability through healthy, safe and efficient facilities and operations by ensuring our buildings meet energy, water, waste reduction and other health and safety goals through our PowerED and Environmental Health & Safety programs.
  • Establishing sustainability committees, a Green Fund, and using campus sustainability reporting tools to benchmark our accomplishments and assist with finding gaps and setting future goals
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment through a campus-wide diversity and inclusion campaign
  • Advancing knowledge and innovations that lead to sustainable use of the Earth’s resources through academic and research partnerships with national laboratories and agencies, utilities, and city and state governments.

Our sustainability strategic planning will be guided by the Sustainability Committee, Student Green Team, and aligned with the University Mines@150 Strategic Plan. Our Sustainability Action Plan will evolve based on our sustainability reporting data and academic and research focus areas.

Mines Sustainability Mission and Goals


The overarching mission of the Mines Sustainability Strategic Plan is to enhance the sustainability of the University. Mines aims to fulfill its mission in three stages:

Short Term (by 2020)
Support projects that will substantially reduce the consumption of energy and water and reduce waste at Mines to reduce our environmental impact, save money for the campus to keep tuition costs from rising, and create healthy building environments for our students, faculty, and staff.
Medium Term (by 2024)
Develop and employ policies and programs to improve the sustainability of Mines as a whole, including curriculum, research, and operations.
Long Term (past 2024)
Create a culture of sustainability at Mines that is integrated into all its functions and operations, and also results in tangible environmental, economic and social benefits at local, national, and international levels.