UNC Wins Xcel Energy Award!
Xcel Energy recognized University of Northern Colorado (UNC) on April 2nd as part of the utility’s 2018 Energy Efficiency Awards program. UNC was honored for achieving the highest energy savings for self-directed programs. Led by the Dave Nalley and the Facilities Management team, UNC reduced electric consumption in 2018 by 3,155,488 kWh or 1,794 metric tons of CO2 - that's the equivalent of 1,961,247 pounds of coal being burned or what 313 homes need in electric power. Great job!
Earth Day Reminds Us To Be Good Stewards
Greeley City Manager Roy Otto writes a monthly blog about our community. The April 2019 topic is focused on Earth Month.
One of the City of Greeley’s core values is stewardship and we are committed to the efficient and effective use of resources. As an organization, we also strive to leave things better than we found them. I want to highlight a few ways the City lives this ethic and the many programs and events we provide to help keep Mother Earth happier.
Greeley loves its trees. Arbor Day is April 22 and Greeley will be designated a "Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year. The local Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Enjoy this free community event, which includes planting trees in the park, light refreshments, and tree seedlings for attendees.
You can also support Greeley in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by taking a simple pledge to save water, protect water quality and conserve energy, go to MyWaterPledge.com to participate. Did you know that Greeley boasts one of the largest water conservation programs in the State?
We are making an effort on many more fronts. Greeley has programs aimed at stormwater pollution prevention, we are recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, and Greeley Evans Transit’s CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are cleaner than diesel buses. Greeley currently has solar arrays at four City facilities, and over 1,000 acres of managed natural areas and the City is moving towards paperless record keeping. You can read more about these and other efforts at http://greeleygov.com/services/greeley-green/.
Want to do even more for you and the planet? Here are a few ideas:
- April 6 – Winter Farmers’ Market
- April 17 – Fruit Trees in Colorado Landscape Lecture
- April 20 – The Poudre River Trail-Athlon
- April 20- Greeley Forestry Arbor Day Celebration
- April 20 – Winter Farmers’ Market
- April 26 & 27 – Spring Clean-up Weekend
- April 27 – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
- April 27 - Signature Bluffs Natural Area Trail and River Restoration Volunteer Project
- May 4 – Greeley Green Gardening Fair (compost bin & rain barrel sale)
A healthy environment and a strong community go hand in hand. I hope we can all give thanks for the environment we live in and help protect it for future generations.
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
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
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
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!