Sustainability Council

By integrating collaborative outreach projects with adaptive initiatives, the student-run CMU Sustainability Council creates lasting and positive change within local and global communities through the synergy of economic, environmental, and social realms.

Implemented Initiatives 

The Sustainability Council manages a student-run University Garden and Composting Facility.

The University Garden is a student-run garden on the Western Colorado Community College campus. It is open to everyone and serve as a place for people to come together to share interests, a classroom, and a productive garden that feeds members of our campus community. The garden includes 800 square feet of grow space to generate fresh produce for members of the garden as well as to sell to the student and faculty body.

The Compost Facility is a student driven initiative that converts university generated food waste into a nutrient rich soil additive.

Compost drop- off:

Every Friday during the school year, from 12-1pm in the University Center, members of the council are available to collect compost from faculty, staff, and students. This makes composting a possibility for many, because they only have to collect their food for a week at a time and don’t have to manage their own compost.

Sustainability Council works to educate and provide resources on recycling to the campus community. Sustainability Council manages recycling at campus events.

Aspiring Initiatives

Sustainability Council is focusing on a Move-Out Program that helps CMU students that live on-campus dispose of dorm room furniture and materials sustainably at the end of the Spring semester. Then repurposing the materials to students at the beginning of the Fall semester. This program enables students to receive dorm room supplies in a more sustainable, affordable way.

Education about composting. The Compost Facility at the WCCC campus not only provides student jobs, but also diverts food waste from the landfill. Sustainability Council will be hosting a once-a-week compost pickup in the University Center starting the Spring 2018 semester.

Seminar series. Sustainability Council is working on creating a "seminar series" that covers topics such as consumerism, conservation, food & agriculture, etc. to provide students with information and resources in a captivating way.

Want to get involved?

The Sustainability Council meets every Wednesday at 6pm in Escalante Hall, room 101
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President: Meghan Cline

Vice President: Jill Klinger

Marketing Coordinator: Ian Thomas

Special Projects Coordinator: Sierra Mitchell

Compost Manager: Bonnie Wilhelm 


Rowdy’s Treasures

Come check out Rowdy’s Treasures in the Grand Mesa Multipurpose Room (Number 15 on map) on move in weekend august 18 & 19, 2018 from 12pm -5pm and get good deals on dorm essentials!

We will be selling donated dorm necessities like:

  • Mini fridges
  • Microwaves
  • Dorm room décor
  • Shower caddies
  • Mirrors
  • Trash and recycling bins
  • And more!

This is our initiative to give new life to items that would otherwise end up in landfills, and give back to our campus community by providing cheap, quality goods to incoming freshmen and sophomores.