The EC fulfills its mission with both short and long-term projects. Many of our activities are carried out by student teams with assistance from the EC professional staff. By it's nature the Environmental Center is involved in a wide variety of environmental and sustainability efforts both on campus and in greater community. To learn more about what we do please explore our website, contact us, or come by our office in Student Union 145. We also welcome new ideas for projects and efforts - we love to be a launching pad for innovative ways to tackle environmental and sustainability challenges.
Our Initiatives are the project-based focus of the EC's current efforts. Each initiative is affiliated with community and campus partnerships and academic engagement. In addition, each initiatives is associated with a student-led team that is responsible for creating the initiatives' goals and objectives, as well as, actually implementing and advancing the initiative on the ground.
Real Food Challenge: A campus-wide initiative to shift 20% of campus dining food purchasing dollars to foods that are fair, humane, ecologically-sound, and/or local by 2020. Under this initiative, we focus on a four-pronged strategy comprised of Assessment, Implementation, Education & Outreach, & Governance. This is associated with a national campaign to create a fair, just, and ecologically-responsible food system: www.realfoodchallenge.org .
Zero Waste Initiative: The Zero Waste Initiative is geared at moving FLC and La Plata County towards a zero waste model through emphasis on decreased consumption, re-purposing, and proper waste management. Currently, this initiative entails managing a Free Store, Campus Dining Composting program, Extended Recycling Program, and education around campus recycling.
Local Food Security: The Local Food Security Initiative works to ensure that all La Plata County residence have access to local, affordable food. To address this issue, we partner with numerous agencies and organizations throughout the region. Our current efforts are guided by the 2009 La Plata County Food Assessment and focus on increasing production, education of both new growers and consumers, and increasing access points for underserved populations.
Energy Impact Initiative: The Energy Impact Initiative is officially beginning this year, prompted both by demands from students that we diversify our work and address energy, as well as, by the 2016 STARS gap analysis which pointed towards a need to shift our energy sources and reduce energy consumption by 2% each year in order to meet our next carbon reduction targets. This initiative will be launched in partnership with the Campus Sustainability Council, as well as private industry partners.