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By: Natalie Stevens - City of Greeley / August 13, 2018

Water Efficiency on Campus: Top 10 Tips


Welcome back to campus, UNC Bears. The Greeley Water Conservation Program is on a mission to help people save water.  Water efficiency on campus is simple and good for the environment on campus and at home.

  1. Don't let the water run when you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave.

  2. Take shorter showers. A five-minute shower will save water. Turn the shower off when soaping up and turn it back on to rinse off.

  3. Only run full loads in the washing machine. Use the load selector to match the water level to the size of the load.

  4. Never use the toilet as an ashtray or a wastebasket.

  5. Report leaky plumbing and excessive lawn watering. Contact facility maintenance on campus to fix these problems.  If living off campus, contact your landlord with these concerns.

  6. Use one glass or water bottle a day to reduce dirty dishes.

  7. Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for the water to get cold before you fill your glass. Or fill up your water bottle at a drinking fountain.

  8. If you don’t finish a glass of drinking water, don’t dump it down the drain.  You can water a household plant, put it in a pet’s water bowl, or save it to drink later.

  9. A better alternative to washing your car yourself is to take it car to a commercial car wash that recycles its water. A commercial car wash can use water more efficiently and are designed to handle the dirt, salts, oil, and grease that wash off the vehicle.

  10. When washing dishes by hand, use a sink full of water instead of continuously running the faucet.

To get more water conservation tips, visit the Greeley Water Conservation Program Web site at  @GreeleyWater is also on Facebook and Twitter.

May 16, 2018

MEP Team Celebration


MEP Breakfast Celebration

A special thanks to UNC's MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) team for all of their help since early last year implementing low- and no-cost energy-saving opportunities which have led to over $200,000 in energy cost savings!

April 30, 2018

Solar-powered Speaker Winners


Solar-powered speaker reward

Congrats to Brittany Morgan, Michelle Ka, Zak King, Jackson Hobbs, and Jennifer Mobley on winning a solar-powered speaker for earning the most People.Power.Planet points this year! Thanks to everyone for helping to make UNC more sustainable and for participating in the People.Power.Planet campaign – we are looking forward to another year of fun energy-saving and sustainability challenges!

April 19, 2018

Coal Impact Display a Success!


Coal Impact Display

Yesterday we had a great turnout of students and staff that came to check out our coal impact display to celebrate Earth Week! Did you know that in Colorado most of our electricity comes from coal and natural gas? At UNC the average annual coal use per person is 875 lbs or 22, 42 lb bags of coal! To take action to reduce energy use and find out more ways to be more sustainable and get involved visit

April 9, 2018

End the Year with Bear Bucks and a Solar Powered Speaker!

Login to your account to take the 5-question survey on sustainable behaviors and earn additional points to achieve a gold or platinum badge. All participants who take the survey will win $5 in Bear Bucks! Pick up your gift card (and learn about your impact in terms of pounds of coal burned per year as part of Earth Week) on April 18th in McKee Breezeway from 11am-2pm. Participants who have earned a gold or platinum badge by April 27th will also be entered to win one of five solar powered speakers!


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