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About People.Power.Planet

We all know taking care of our environment is important. People.Power.Planet helps you take action and create a positive impact on our planet. It shows you real ways to change your behaviors across our campus to save energy, cut waste, and achieve more significant efficiency. It rewards you with points and recognition for doing your part, and lets you have fun challenging others to join you. See who’s really committed to the cause while you help reach our sustainability goals.

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Campus Progress

Know Your Rates

Electricity

1 kWh of electricity = $0.08

Total kWh consumed on campus since July 2018:

4.1 million

Current cost of 1 unit of electricity reported in kWh

Top Performer

Electric

Engineering Hall

9%

Reduction in electricity consumption

Building with the highest % electric saved

Top Performer

Natural Gas

Chauvenet Hall

7%

Reduction in natural gas consumption

Building with the highest % gas saved

113
Pledges Taken

629
Actions Taken

569
Metric Tons of Carbon Saved

1.6
% Energy Savings

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April 2, 2019

Earth Day Fair!

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Come join us for the FIRST Annual Earth Day Fair at Mines!  Volunteers still needed to help run activites and staff zero-waste stations. Contact poole@mines.edu with your availability between 2:30-6:30 p.m. on the 22nd.  

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By: Lauren Poole / May 7, 2019

NREL Research Fellow Testifies on Plastic Recycling Before House Subcommittee

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NREL Researcher Rita Clare works with an enzyme Beckham's team is engineering to more effectively break down existing PET plastic. The team is also exploring "recyclability by design": developing new plastic materials with chemical bonds that, while durab

"We urgently need a national strategy to build out our country's recycling infrastructure," Rep. Haley Stevens began as she opened an April 30 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology, adding, "It is our opportunity to seize." 

In its first meeting on recycling in more than a decade, the subcommittee welcomed a panel of witnesses to discuss emerging technologies that have potential to turn a critical challenge—the accumulation of plastic waste in overwhelmed recycling facilities, landfills, and nature—into an environmental and economic opportunity for the United States and other countries. NREL Senior Research Fellow Gregg Beckham was invited to speak on what he and his team believe is a key element of the solution: chemical recycling.

Read more at: www.nrel.gov/news/program/2019/nrel-research-fellow-testifies-plastic-recycling-before-house-subcommittee.html

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March 22, 2019

ZERO WASTE EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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Mines Sustainability is making E-Days a zero waste event! Are you passionate about recycling and limiting food waste or do you need to complete volunteer hours before the end of the semester? Join the Green Team and volunteer to “Trash Talk” at E-Days or Earth Day as we bring in zero-waste stations with the help of Eco-Cycle.  Volunteers needed for time slots on April 12 from 2:30-5pm, April 13th from 12:00-3pm and April 22 from 3-6pm. Email poole@mines.edu with your availability.  

Mines Sustainability is making E-Days a zero waste event! Are you passionate about recycling and limiting food waste or do you need to complete volunteer hours before the end of the semester? Join the Green Team and volunteer to “Trash Talk” at E-Days as we bring in zero-waste stations with the help of Eco-Cycle. Volunteers needed for time slots on April 12 from 2:30-5pm, April 13th from 12:00-3pm (especially Saturday)! Email poole@mines.edu with your availability. 

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By: Lauren Poole / March 1, 2019

Your Colorado Recycling Questions Answered, From Greasy Pizza Boxes To Coffee Cups

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Your Colorado Recycling Questions Answered, From Greasy Pizza Boxes To Coffee Cups

Colorado Public Radio interviewed the president of Alpine's All Together Recycling Facility in Denver to answer some common recycling questions. Listen to the podcast or read the article HERE.

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By: Lauren Poole / February 25, 2019

EcoCareers Conference 2019: Navigating the Future Green Economy Online

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2019 EcoCareers Conference

The 2019 EcoCareers conference is being held ONLINE this week. Get more details and register here.

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