Leading the charge to protect our planet.
Creating the next generation of environmentally conscious citizens. Reducing energy usage building by building, room by room. Saving significant money. It all adds up to more engaged students, sustainable campuses, and a healthier planet.
First, we provide education to improve awareness of the benefits of making energy-saving choices every day. We make everything relevant to how people live, where they visit on campus, and how they interact with others all year long.
Then, we inspire participants to get involved by highlighting sustainability efforts happening on campus, leaders taking action, and events that are coming up. We make it easy to follow it all using hashtags on social media.
And of course, we focus on driving real-life action at all times. Participants join in to earn points or band together with their friends, classmates, coworkers, or team members to take action campus-wide. Badges and score boards keep track of everyone's progress.
My name is Tyler Pritchard and I am a senior pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Energy and Public Affairs. I'm also intern with the Mines Sustainability Office. I originally came to Mines because I wanted to pursue a technical education that would allow me to make a difference in the world, namely in the fight against climate change. Ultimately, I chose to study mechanical engineering because I knew that a firm understanding of thermofluid systems would give me the tools I needed to make renewable energies more viable and improve climate modelling to help guide us into the future. I truly believe that the cultural dimensions of sustainability are just as important – if not more so – than the technological challenges associated with climate change. Humanity is on the cusp of several eloquent solutions to carbon sequestration, renewable generation, and electrified transportation. But, none of these up-and-coming solutions will matter if our society isn’t ready to embrace them. Our work is far from done, but I truly believe that Mines Sustainability is effecting incredible change on the Mines campus. I, for one, am excited to see where the future will take us and what this community will do to make a difference!