Go Green with the Team

For the first time since joining the PAC-12 in 2011 the Colorado Buffaloes are competitive in the league. With their current conference record of 6-1 the Buffs are performing better than they have in over a decade. Even when the Buffs were trailing in the rankings, they were leading the pack in green sports. CU Boulder had one of the first major collegiate sports sustainability initiatives in the country, and the athletics department has embraced this aspect of their identity. The greening process began in 2008 when Dale Newport, head of CU’s Environmental Center, reached out to then … [Read more...]

Power Dialog

On Monday, April 4, Power Dialog will support 10,000 students to participate in face-to-face dialog with state-level leaders in all fifty states about what is needed to shift to a clean energy economy. Here in Colorado, the Dialog gives students and community members a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future, and the future of the the earth.  Join us on Monday, April 4 at 3:00pm (a reception will begin at 2:30pm) in the CIRES Auditorium. If you would like to organize a webcast of the event at your high school or college, please email Katya.Hafich@colorado.edu for … [Read more...]

Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a Competition for Middle and High School Students in Boulder County

How can we shift attitude and behaviors and unite the Boulder community to create a more just, sustainable, and climate friendly future?  Announcing the BoCo Youth Climate Challenge, a competition for middle and high school students in Boulder County, facilitated by CU's Learn More About Climate, the Boulder Climate Culture Collaborative (C3 Boulder) and the City of Boulder. Earlier this year, Boulder published a draft of the Boulder Climate Commitment, a document that explains how we can, and why we must, reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The document is divided into three sections … [Read more...]

Energy Savings Opportunity for Rural and Low Income Schools

Are you looking for ways to cut energy costs at your school, but are lacking the resources to do so?  The Energy Savings for Schools (ESS) Program provides energy management assistance and project implementation support to Colorado K-12 public schools, with an emphasis on rural and low-income communities. The ESS program is Colorado Energy Office's (CEO) comprehensive  K-12 energy efficiency program that consolidates all of CEO’s K-12 program offerings and statutory obligations. The program provides free energy and water audits, technical assistance, coaching, and implementation support for … [Read more...]

10 Highlights from the President’s GLACIER Conference Speech

President Barack Obama has been traveling in Alaska this week to shine a spotlight on climate change. During the tour, which included a historical visit for a sitting president to cross the Arctic Circle, Obama made stirring closing remarks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in Anchorage, where attendees are focused on international and domestic priorities in the Arctic. Watch the President’s speech from the GLACIER Conference Here are 10 highlights of the President’s GLACIER speech: 1. Climate change is … [Read more...]

Energy and water professionals: CU-Boulder offers expanded degree options

This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on Colorado.edu. A new educational partnership at the University of Colorado Boulder will provide expanded degree options for working professionals interested in specialized graduate education focused on energy and water. Beginning this fall, qualified students can earn both a Master of Engineering (ME) degree and a Professional Certificate in Renewable and Sustainable Energy or a Professional Certificate in Water Engineering and Management. The degree and certificates can be earned either via distance education or in campus … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Attend the Martz Summer Conference at the Getches-Wilkinson Center

Getches-Wilkinson Center in conjunction with the Air-Water-Gas Sustainability Research Network will host its 35th Annual Martz Summer Conference June 5-6, 2014 in Boulder at the University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building. This year’s conference theme is: Water Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development: The Evolving Framework of Regulation and Management In addition to participating in this timely natural resource law and policy discussion, here are four reasons you won’t want to miss the 2014 Martz Summer Conference: Engage in a civil and rational discussion of oil and gas … [Read more...]

CU-Boulder engineer win NSF’s CAREER award for research to make solar panels more efficient

Prashant Nagpal is one of two faculty members in the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science who have been honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. Nagpal, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, is being awarded $499,077 over five years to work on improving the amount of energy from the sun that photovoltaic panels can convert into electricity. His work focuses on using “hot carriers” in quantum-confined semiconductor nanostructures to capture the waste energy that cannot be captured by the bulk … [Read more...]

New video: Water-Energy Nexus & the Effects of Climate Change

Learn More About Climate is pleased to announce the newest in our series of videos featuring climate and natural resource experts from University of Colorado, Boulder. In "The Water-Energy Nexus and Effects of Climate Change," Western Water Assessment Director Kristen Averyt explores the "collision" of water supply vs. energy demands. The production of electricity consumes surprising amounts of water. Much of our water supply is "on call" for future use. How can we reduce our impact on water supply be changing our energy consumption? Averyt answers, … [Read more...]