Our Plan

Moving Toward a Sustainable Campus

At Mines, our sustainability efforts are focused in three main areas: teaching, research, and facilities. In 2016-2017, the Sustainability Committee focused on collecting data about how students feel about sustainability on campus through a campus survey and completing a STARS self-assessment report for sustainable campuses. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. In 2018-2019, the primary goals of the sustainability committee will be leading a campaign to raise awareness of sustainability on campus through our PowerED Campaign and reduce energy, water, and waste in our campus buildings, and developing tools for students and staff to expand sustainability curriculum and research on campus.

Mines Sustainability Committee

The overall purpose of the Mines Sustainability Committee is to effectively weave sustainability into the fabric of Mines by providing guidance, support, and accountability to Mines-related sustainability activities on campus and off. The Sustainability Committee will promote support for sustainability activities in different departments of the university. While the individual sustainability subcommittees set their own agendas and determine their own priorities, the Sustainability Committee will serve as an advisory council and to help subcommittees find opportunities where they can coordinate with each other on University wide initiatives. The Sustainability Committee will also provide strategic guidance and direction on plans, policies, partnerships, projects and financial mechanisms used to promote sustainability at Mines. In particular, the Sustainability Committee will help to develop and review sustainability strategic plans for Mines. The Sustainability Committee will also encourage accountability by reviewing annual sustainability reports and comparing them with the Sustainability Strategic Plan, to identify those activities which are progressing as planned and those which are not, for which a rationale will be presented, for all areas university operations, teaching, and research. The Sustainability Committee is committed to achieving its mission by embracing the priorities outlined in the President’s Mines@150 plan, a new strategic plan that envisions Mines being recognized as the premier, student-centered, research university when it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024.  The priorities of the plan include a focus on student education and experience, interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research, community, and finally, equity and diversity.

Academic Year 2018-2019 Sustainability Committee Members


  • Student Government and Groups
  • Faculty Senate
  • Faculty with Sustainability Background
  • Facilities
  • Student Housing and Greek Life
  • Communications
  • Athletics
  • Food Services
  • Transportation
  • Custodial Services

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.