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.
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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 is 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 to 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.

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: Isabella Vaz

Vice President: Meghan Cline

Marketing Coordinator: Erin Case 

Compost Manager: Bonnie Wilhelm 


Earth Week 



Earth Week 2018, themed “Sustainability & Food”


Saturday, April 14 Palisade Honeybee Festival 11am-4pm

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day

Monday, April 23 Recycle Audit 11am-2pm in the UC

Monday, April 23 Pop-Up Thrift Shop 2pm-7pm on the Plaza

Tuesday, April 24 Sandi Sturm “What Does Climate Change Mean for Colorado?” 6pm-8pm in Houston Hall 104

Wednesday, April 25 Succulent Planting with PAC 11am-2pm in the UC

Wednesday, April 25 Documentary Showing “Sustainable” 6pm-9pm in Ballroom

Thursday, April 26 Pop-Up Bike Shop 9am-4pm on the Plaza

Thursday, April 26 Sustainable Eating – Chef Demo 5pm-7pm at WCCC (Please RSVP, only 32 spots available)

Friday, April 27 Tree Campus USA and Arbor Day Celebration 1pm-2pm

Friday, April 27 Earth Festival 6pm-9pm in The Point (includes Wearable Arts Fashion Show &  Found Object Art Show)

Saturday, April 28 River Float & Clean Up meet at OP at 9am (Please RSVP at the OP prior to event)