We commit to being responsible stewards, actively engaging our students, guests, and staff in sustainable practices and programs that preserve the environment, are socially just, and are fiscally sound.
As part of the Bee Campus USA certification, HDS supported bringing three student-run hives to the Durrell Center. A bee cam and visibility from inside the dining center helped them become a focal point for visitors.
The bee hives at Durrell Center were introduced to support a campus-wide initiative to educate the Colorado State University community about the importance of bees to our ecosystem. The hives are funded by the HDS Sustainability Fund and are managed in partnership with the CSU Apiculture Club.
Each Fall, students can take the Eco Actions pledge (formally known as Green Warrior) and commit to sustainable practices, such as taking shorter showers, and exploring alternative transportation, throughout the academic year. Students receive prizes based on the number of sustainability commitments pledged. Previous prizes have included stickers, solar battery chargers, and recycled bike tube pouches.
In 2018, students were presented the opportunity to plant a tree in lieu of receiving a physical prize, and since then, over 6,000 trees were planted through The Arbor Day Foundation through the Eco Actions program.
This program is intended to support members of the campus community who are experiencing food insecurity while also reducing waste by making food left over from Housing & Dining Services catered events available for pick up. Catering by Housing & Dining Services sends text alerts when events have leftover food, which includes time and location information as well as a brief description of what is available. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own containers for food pick up.
In its first year, this program hosted 78 events, with over 1,100 people on the text distribution list.
Housing & Dining Services is committed to increasing water efficiency, conserving energy, managing waste, reusing materials and building or remodeling to achieve LEED Certified Buildings.
To date, HDS has ten LEED-certified residential buildings, including the Pavilion, a LEED Platinum building, located in Laurel Village.
The Housing and Dining Services Sustainability Fund supports grass roots programs that support sustainability on-campus. Past projects include the Bee Hives at Durrell, public access to composting, 3-stream recycling stations, and SkiSU.
This fund is open to CSU students (with a faculty/staff advisor), staff and faculty for proposals. Sustainability proposals must be a one-time funding mechanism and relate to Housing and Dining Services.
While the Sustainability Fund prioritizes new initiatives, the Fund can also support cost difference between standard and sustainability items (i.e. gas cart and electric cart) and enhance existing sustainability initiatives.
For more information on how to submit a proposal, email the Assistant Director of Sustainability, Mary Liang.