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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

Cost Avoidance

Together, we’ve saved

$76.9k

in energy-related costs since July 2018

Total costs avoided through energy-saving efforts

Top Savers
dollars saved by building

1
Coolbaugh Hall
18,748
2
Elm Hall
14,175
3
Berthoud Hall
8,459
Buildings with the highest cost avoidance

Most Improved
by building

1
Berthoud Hall
3.8
2
Aspen Hall
2.3
3
Elm Hall
1.4
Buildings that have most improved total savings % since last month

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Pledges Taken

0
Actions Taken

569
Metric Tons of Carbon Saved

1.6
% Energy Savings

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Keep Current

By: Lauren Poole / June 26, 2019

Mines Sustainability Hosted Bike to Work Day Table

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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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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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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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