The breadth and depth of Naropa University’s commitment to sustainability places it among the highest echelon of colleges and universities in the United States. Naropa University is one of a dozen colleges in the country who have fully divested from fossil fuels—without any negative impacts on its endowment—and was an early signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The University offers a BA in Environmental Studies, an MA in Environmental Leadership, as well as twelve related minors. Naropa’s investments in becoming climate neutral are equally robust, and includes deriving 100 percent of its power from renewable energy sources, a commitment to zero waste, and the recent installation of on-site solar panels. From zero-waste student orientations to doubling their recycling infrastructure initiatives, Naropa is a school that’s serious about going green . Naropa’s energy use is 100 percent offset through Renewable Energy Credits, tapping into locally produced wind energy. In 2014, Naropa completed the installation of its second solar array which moved the campus closer to its commitment to being carbon neutral by 2040. All bathroom paper towels are composted, as well as all food scraps from Naropa Café—in fact, the composting system has grown tenfold in recent years. Naropa is strict about holding itself accountable for environmental progress. The university even conducts weekly trash audits to find opportunities for further waste reduction. To promote alternative transportation, Naropa provides every student, faculty, and staff member with Every student is provided with a bus passes for local and regional travel, free bike fleet usage, bike and public transportation maps, and transportation consultants. Composting and recycling are pervasive throughout the University—in fact, the composting system has grown tenfold in recent years through zero-waste stations placed throughout all campuses. and 120 bicycles are available on campus for use by the community. The campus maintenance crews skip gasoline during the spring and summer months, using biodiesel fuel in the spring and summer months instead of gasoline. Many visitors to Naropa’s campuses are impressed by the university’s green 100 percent organic and mostly edible landscaping. On its Parmita campus, Naropa has a parking lot was transformed a parking lot into a green space with an onsite weather station that waters the lawn only when necessary and delivers water directly to the plant roots, preventing almost all evaporation – an especially important feature in the dry Colorado climate Naropa operates entirely on wind power Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). If that doesn’t blow you away, gardens on campus provide food to the café and plants for landscaping, and serves as a catalyst for working on insurance issues using homegrown foods. The university’s dining services purchases exclusively local and organic products. Naropa is internationally renowned for its convening power in organizing and hosting some of the world’s most prominent environmental activists, and hosts is a hotbed of environmental events, including a popular environmental speaker series, and Campus Sustainability Day, a celebration with music and organic food from local farms, and a community-wide celebration of Earth Day. The university offers a BA in environmental studies as well as twelve minors in subjects ranging from horticulture to sacred ecology.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.