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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

Energy Costs

Current energy costs compared to the same period during the base year

Cost Avoidance

Together, we’ve saved

$1.4m

in energy-related costs since July 2016

Total costs avoided through energy-saving efforts

Top Savers
dollars saved by building

1
Michener Library
251,745
2
Ross Hall
140,777
3
University Center
91,746
Buildings with the highest cost avoidance

32
Pledges Taken

219
Actions Taken

18,088
Metric Tons of Carbon Saved

26.6
% Energy Savings

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April 9, 2019

Greeley Joins Challenge to be Most Water Wise

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City officials encourage Greeley residents to conserve water, save energy, reduce pollution, and make a pledge to save water at mywaterpledge.com during the month of April.

Greeley joins cities across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. In return, residents could win $3,000 toward home utility payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. The Challenge also gives residents a chance to nominate a deserving charity that would benefit from possibly winning a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

The annual challenge, April 1 through 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Last year, residents from more than 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual use of water by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevent more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. 

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge are entered into drawings for prizes. Greeley competes in the 30,000 to 99,999 category, because the population categories are based on the 2010 Census.

Greeley won in 2012 and placed in the top 10 each subsequent year.

“Last year we finished in 4th Place,” said Ruth Quade the Water Conservation Manager for the city.  “I hope that more residents take part to make Greeley place even higher this year.”

The 8th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, EcoSystems Inc., and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).

Release Date:
Apr 1, 2019

For more information, media representatives should contact:

Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Manager   
970-350-9874
Ruth.Quade@greeleygov.com

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By: Ann Gallogly / April 5, 2019

UNC Wins Xcel Energy Award!

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Dave Nalley receiving the award for UNC and with personnel from McKinstry and Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy recognized University of Northern Colorado (UNC) on April 2nd as part of the utility’s 2018 Energy Efficiency Awards program. UNC was honored for achieving the highest energy savings for self-directed programs. Led by the Dave Nalley and the Facilities Management team, UNC reduced electric consumption in 2018 by 3,155,488 kWh or 1,794 metric tons of CO2 - that's the equivalent of 1,961,247 pounds of coal being burned or what 313 homes need in electric power.  Great job!

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By: Natalie Stevens - City of Greeley / April 1, 2019

Earth Day Reminds Us To Be Good Stewards

Greeley City Manager Roy Otto writes a monthly blog about our community.  The April 2019 topic is focused on Earth Month. 

One of the City of Greeley’s core values is stewardship and we are committed to the efficient and effective use of resources.  As an organization, we also strive to leave things better than we found them. I want to highlight a few ways the City lives this ethic and the many programs and events we provide to help keep Mother Earth happier.
Greeley loves its trees. Arbor Day is April 22 and Greeley will be designated a "Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year. The local Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Enjoy this free community event, which includes planting trees in the park, light refreshments, and tree seedlings for attendees.
You can also support Greeley in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by taking a simple pledge to save water, protect water quality and conserve energy, go to MyWaterPledge.com to participate. Did you know that Greeley boasts one of the largest water conservation programs in the State?
We are making an effort on many more fronts. Greeley has programs aimed at stormwater pollution prevention, we are recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, and Greeley Evans Transit’s CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are cleaner than diesel buses. Greeley currently has solar arrays at four City facilities, and over 1,000 acres of managed natural areas, and the City is moving towards paperless record keeping. You can read more about these and other efforts at  greeleygov.com/services/greeley-green/.
Want to do even more for you and the planet? Here are a few ideas:
April 6 – Winter Farmers’ Market
April 17 – Fruit Trees in Colorado Landscape Lecture
April 20 – The Poudre River Trail-Athlon
April 20- Greeley Forestry Arbor Day Celebration
April 20 – Winter Farmers’ Market
April 26 & 27 – Spring Clean-up Weekend
April 27 – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
April 27 - Signature Bluffs Natural Area Trail and River Restoration Volunteer Project
May 4 – Greeley Green Gardening Fair (compost bin & rain barrel sale)
A healthy environment and a strong community go hand in hand. I hope we can all give thanks for the environment we live in and help protect it for future generations.

One of the City of Greeley’s core values is stewardship and we are committed to the efficient and effective use of resources.  As an organization, we also strive to leave things better than we found them. I want to highlight a few ways the City lives this ethic and the many programs and events we provide to help keep Mother Earth happier.

Greeley loves its trees. Arbor Day is April 22 and Greeley will be designated a "Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year. The local Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Park. Enjoy this free community event, which includes planting trees in the park, light refreshments, and tree seedlings for attendees.

You can also support Greeley in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation by taking a simple pledge to save water, protect water quality and conserve energy, go to MyWaterPledge.com to participate. Did you know that Greeley boasts one of the largest water conservation programs in the State?

We are making an effort on many more fronts. Greeley has programs aimed at stormwater pollution prevention, we are recognized as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, and Greeley Evans Transit’s CNG (compressed natural gas) buses are cleaner than diesel buses. Greeley currently has solar arrays at four City facilities, and over 1,000 acres of managed natural areas and the City is moving towards paperless record keeping. You can read more about these and other efforts at  http://greeleygov.com/services/greeley-green/.

Want to do even more for you and the planet? Here are a few ideas:

A healthy environment and a strong community go hand in hand. I hope we can all give thanks for the environment we live in and help protect it for future generations.

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By: Ann Gallogly - Student LEAF / March 19, 2019

Student LEAF - 2019 Earth Week

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This year’s Earth Week, hosted by Student LEAF, will take place April 15th - April 19th in celebration of the globally recognize Earth Day on April 22th! Throughout the week Student LEAF encourages students to engage in exciting sustainable events and indulge in the beauty of the environment. This year’s theme is Student Empowerment; the goal is to provide UNC Bears with the tools and skills to reduce their individual footprints and increase their positive influence on this earth!

Monday Event: Spring into Earth Week

          When: 3:00 - 7:00PM on April 15th

          Where: Bishop Lehr Field

Why: This event is the kickoff into earth week! With thrilling sustainable activities, prizes and booths galore this events is the highlight of the earth week events. Students have an opportunity to engage with the sustainable options Greeley and UNC have to offer, from earth-friendly clubs on campus to low-impact delicious food catered by UNC and other local food trucks! The entire event is free and there will be chances to win cool prizes, meet some sustainable bears and learn about the efforts made to make UNC a university fit for the future.

**This event is co-hosted by environmental action club, Earth Guardians.

Tuesday Event: Sustainable Networking

          When: 12:30 – 1:45 PM

          Where: UC Ballroom

Why: This event’s purpose is to connect UNC Bears, interested in obtaining jobs with environmental focuses, to careers in sustainability. This event is not only to meet potential employers but to show students what jobs are looking for students with environmental focuses.

**This event is co-hosted by UNC Career Services.

Wednesday Event: Eco-friendly Tie-Dye

          When: 12:00 - 4:00 PM

          Where: McKee Breezeway 

Why: One of Student LEAF’s most popular events each year and for good reason. This event is to encourage students to enjoy the outdoors with a little crafting time! Eco-friendly shirts and low-impact dyes will be provided for free, but students are welcomed to bring their own old cotton clothing to be upcycled into an awesome design!  

Thursday Event: Upcycled Art

          When: TBA

          Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)

Why: This event is ran by Student LEAF’s Green Team Coordinator, Joelle Jenkins. Clean recyclables are provided for students to create upcycled art masterpieces! One student will be selected to win an art gift bag along with the Plastic Picasso Award in which the design is the most creative and best utilizes the materials. Volunteers and Joelle will be around to assist students in the creation of their art pieces –no experience required!

*This event is co-hosted by the Greeley’s Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado

Friday Event: Tree Hugger Scavenger Hunt

          When: TBA

          Where: TBA (Will be posted at “Spring into Earth Week” event)

Why: This is a challenge to inspire students to explore our campus by taking pictures of Student LEAF funded projects and the historic trees we have on campus through an app called Action Bound! The students who complete the hunt will be awarded an awesome prize and the Greek life team, with the highest score, will be award the Tree Hugger award.

On Going: Carbon Cube Contest

          When: All week long!

          Where: New Campus Commons

Why: Each year the carbon cube is set up (usually in the UC) to display a fraction of the amount of UNC’s carbon emissions in each building. In celebration of UNC’s X COST AMOUNT Solar grant, Student LEAF will be giving away a sustainable basket, full of super remarkable prizes, to the student who can closest guess how many cubes the new solar panels will offset.

**This event is co-hosted by McKinstry People Power Planet

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March 19, 2019

Earth Week ENST Networking Event

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Interested in how you can start an environmental or sustainability career?  Join us on April 16th for a ENST networking event!

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