Housing and Dining Services collects and publishes an annual sustainability report on the sustainability metrics throughout the year for the department. This report, as well as other publications on the department and university’s sustainability efforts, can be found below.

Colorado State has a long history as one of the nation’s most sustainable universities.

CSU was the first university in the world to achieve a platinum status – the highest possible – under the STARS rating system, an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 700 universities across the globe. CSU has now achieved Platinum three times, the only university in the world to accomplish this feat during publication (Jan 2020).

STARS stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, and it is a program conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). It is considered the most comprehensive and prestigious sustainability performance measurement program in higher education.

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Annual Sustainability Report Highlights FY22

The Annual Sustainability Report (ASR) is the opportunity to highlight the programs, initiatives, and accomplishments for sustainability in Housing and Dining Services (HDS). This report highlights specific projects that range from education and outreach, waste management, food and dining, energy and emissions, water management, alternative transportation, sustainable operations, and more. Several of these projects we work collaboratively with other departments/areas on campus or with student groups/organizations. This report is created each year to provide data, statistics and information on projects.

Climate Action Sub-Plan

Colorado State University (CSU) has committed to reducing net carbon emissions by 75% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. As the largest department on campus, housing more than 7,000 students and growing, Housing & Dining Services (HDS) plays a significant role in this commitment. This sub-plan of CSU’s Climate Action Plan was commissioned as a proactive step to ensure HDS has identified specific short-term strategies and is looking ahead to long-term strategies to meet our part in these ambitious carbon reduction goals. This sub-plan will guide the department through 2020, outlining action items that can be implemented starting in FY17. As part of our holistic approach to sustainability that includes environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability, this plan includes not just a focus on utilities and equipment, but also strategies to ensure that our students are engaged in the process and learn from the initiatives implemented in our halls, apartments, and dining centers.