Student LEAF

Student LEAF

The mission of the Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) is to empower students in transforming the campus community towards a more sustainable culture. This is achieved through the collaboration of students, faculty, and staff in funding projects. Student LEAF's projects, submitted by the UNC student body, include building and grounds improvements, and education initiatives that promote resource efficiency and an environmentally conscious lifestyle. These efforts are realized through enduring relationships based on trust, respect, and responsibility.

Student LEAF is managed by a committee of UNC students, staff and faculty representation. An additional student fee of $1 per credit hour each semester supports Student LEAF in achieving UNC's goals of a propelling the campus into a more environmentally conscious future. Submit projects at

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By: Ann Gallogly / March 19, 2019

Student LEAF - 2019 Earth Week


This year’s Earth Week, hosted by Student LEAF, will take place April 15th - April 19th in celebration of the globally recognize Earth Day on April 22th! Throughout the week Student LEAF encourages students to engage in exciting sustainable events and indulge in the beauty of the environment. This year’s theme is Student Empowerment; the goal is to provide UNC Bears with the tools and skills to reduce their individual footprints and increase their positive influence on this earth!

Monday Event: Spring into Earth Week

          When: 3:00 - 7:00PM on April 15th

          Where: Bishop Lehr Field

Why: This event is the kickoff into earth week! With thrilling sustainable activities, prizes and booths galore this events is the highlight of the earth week events. Students have an opportunity to engage with the sustainable options Greeley and UNC have to offer, from earth-friendly clubs on campus to low-impact delicious food catered by UNC and other local food trucks! The entire event is free and there will be chances to win cool prizes, meet some sustainable bears and learn about the efforts made to make UNC a university fit for the future.

**This event is co-hosted by environmental action club, Earth Guardians.

Tuesday Event: Sustainable Networking

          When: 12:30 – 1:45 PM

          Where: UC Ballroom

Why: This event’s purpose is to connect UNC Bears, interested in obtaining jobs with environmental focuses, to careers in sustainability. This event is not only to meet potential employers but to show students what jobs are looking for students with environmental focuses.

**This event is co-hosted by UNC Career Services.

Wednesday Event: Eco-friendly Tie-Dye

          When: 12:00 - 4:00 PM

          Where: McKee Breezeway 

Why: One of Student LEAF’s most popular events each year and for good reason. This event is to encourage students to enjoy the outdoors with a little crafting time! Eco-friendly shirts and low-impact dyes will be provided for free, but students are welcomed to bring their own old cotton clothing to be upcycled into an awesome design!  

Thursday Event: Upcycled Art

          When: TBA

          Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)

Why: This event is ran by Student LEAF’s Green Team Coordinator, Joelle Jenkins. Clean recyclables are provided for students to create upcycled art masterpieces! One student will be selected to win an art gift bag along with the Plastic Picasso Award in which the design is the most creative and best utilizes the materials. Volunteers and Joelle will be around to assist students in the creation of their art pieces –no experience required!

*This event is co-hosted by the Greeley’s Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado

Friday Event: Tree Hugger Scavenger Hunt

          When: TBA

          Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)

Why: This is a challenge to inspire students to explore our campus by taking pictures of Student LEAF funded projects and the historic trees we have on campus through an app called Action Bound! The students who complete the hunt will be awarded an awesome prize and the Greek life team, with the highest score, will be award the Tree Hugger award.

On Going: Carbon Cube Contest

          When: All week long!

          Where: New Campus Commons

Why: Each year the carbon cube is set up (usually in the UC) to display a fraction of the amount of UNC’s carbon emissions in each building. In celebration of UNC’s X COST AMOUNT Solar grant, Student LEAF will be giving away a sustainable basket, full of super remarkable prizes, to the student who can closest guess how many cubes the new solar panels will offset.

**This event is co-hosted by McKinstry People Power Planet

March 19, 2019

Earth Week ENST Networking Event


Interested in how you can start an environmental or sustainability career?  Join us on April 16th for a ENST networking event!

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