@leadsustainability

@leadsustainability

🌲♻️ A student-led department that is creating a culture of sustainability through education, collaboration, and unification.

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Western Colorado University
FreeCycle will open again on Thursday, June 17 from 1-3 pm! See you then.

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FreeCycle will open again on Thursday, June 17 from 1-3 pm! See you then.

Gunnison, Colorado
Some reminders as we head into wildflower season! 🌸🌷🌼

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Some reminders as we head into wildflower season! 🌸🌷🌼

Western Colorado University
Summer Spotlight #1! Meet Brian Wagenaar (he, him, his), one of our MEM mentors for the coming year.

My name is Brian Wagenaar, and I am a second year Master’s in Environmental Management (MEM) student in the Global Sustainability Track. For my 600-hour project, I am working with the Paonia nonprofit Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) in their efforts to fend off fracking in the region, and to draft a climate action plan for Delta county. 
 
I joined LEAD Sustainability because I wanted to be part of all their cool projects, including managing the Rocket Composter, running  FreeCycle, and hosting Earth Week. In my next year with LEAD Sustainability, I plan to work on campus recycling promotion (A natural crossover as I also work for facilities collecting recycling as a Zero Waste Assistant), integrating more environmental aspects and activities into freshman orientation, and promoting and expanding existing campus sustainability efforts in conjunction with the entire LEAD Sustainability team. 

To me, sustainability is all about living within the means of this planet and making efficient use of our shared resources like water, materials, and land. To achieve that sustainability, communities must work together on environmental initiatives like composting and recycling, water conservation and planning, and land management. The oft-cited and incredibly wise Native American proverb: “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” demonstrates that sustainability is future-focused, and that it means living our lives today in a manner that will allow the next generation to have the necessary resources to prosper tomorrow. 

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling the west, trying new foods, petting dogs, and being on the river. I am super excited to work with the LEAD team and am planning to get a jumpstart on some projects this summer!

@leadsustainability

Summer Spotlight #1! Meet Brian Wagenaar (he, him, his), one of our MEM mentors for the coming year. My name is Brian Wagenaar, and I am a second year Master’s in Environmental Management (MEM) student in the Global Sustainability Track. For my 600-hour project, I am working with the Paonia nonprofit Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) in their efforts to fend off fracking in the region, and to draft a climate action plan for Delta county. I joined LEAD Sustainability because I wanted to be part of all their cool projects, including managing the Rocket Composter, running FreeCycle, and hosting Earth Week. In my next year with LEAD Sustainability, I plan to work on campus recycling promotion (A natural crossover as I also work for facilities collecting recycling as a Zero Waste Assistant), integrating more environmental aspects and activities into freshman orientation, and promoting and expanding existing campus sustainability efforts in conjunction with the entire LEAD Sustainability team. To me, sustainability is all about living within the means of this planet and making efficient use of our shared resources like water, materials, and land. To achieve that sustainability, communities must work together on environmental initiatives like composting and recycling, water conservation and planning, and land management. The oft-cited and incredibly wise Native American proverb: “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” demonstrates that sustainability is future-focused, and that it means living our lives today in a manner that will allow the next generation to have the necessary resources to prosper tomorrow. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling the west, trying new foods, petting dogs, and being on the river. I am super excited to work with the LEAD team and am planning to get a jumpstart on some projects this summer!

Western Colorado University
FreeCycle!! Open on (most) Thursdays from 1-3 pm! Swing by and say hi...

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FreeCycle!! Open on (most) Thursdays from 1-3 pm! Swing by and say hi...

Western Colorado University
Congratulations to our 2020/2021 MEM Mentors for graduating yesterday! Sama received her Masters in Environmental Management and Demitra received her BA in Environment & Sustainability. Lucky for us, Demitra will stick around another year as she continues to pursue her MEM! Join us in congratulating these two amazing women! 💚

@leadsustainability

Congratulations to our 2020/2021 MEM Mentors for graduating yesterday! Sama received her Masters in Environmental Management and Demitra received her BA in Environment & Sustainability. Lucky for us, Demitra will stick around another year as she continues to pursue her MEM! Join us in congratulating these two amazing women! 💚

Western Colorado University
Thank you for your move-out donations! Keep an eye out for updates on summer hours. Feel free to email us with questions or to schedule a drop off! Leadsustainability@western.edu

@leadsustainability

Thank you for your move-out donations! Keep an eye out for updates on summer hours. Feel free to email us with questions or to schedule a drop off! Leadsustainability@western.edu

Western Colorado University
FreeCycle is open for move-out donations this week! Come see us in the basement of Ute 1:00-3:00pm today through Friday. PLEASE - no dumping!! Bring us the items you are ready to pass on as you move out of your dorm!

@leadsustainability

FreeCycle is open for move-out donations this week! Come see us in the basement of Ute 1:00-3:00pm today through Friday. PLEASE - no dumping!! Bring us the items you are ready to pass on as you move out of your dorm!

Western Colorado University
THANK YOU Mountaineers for an incredible Earth Week! Here are a few of our favorite snapshots from the week. We had the best time learning & celebrating all week long 🌍 🌱 ☀️ 💧

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THANK YOU Mountaineers for an incredible Earth Week! Here are a few of our favorite snapshots from the week. We had the best time learning & celebrating all week long 🌍 🌱 ☀️ 💧

Western Colorado University
Stop by the UC on Thursday 12:30-1:30 to grab a Destress Kit from the Sustainability Coalition! One more week Mountaineers! We’ve got this.

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Stop by the UC on Thursday 12:30-1:30 to grab a Destress Kit from the Sustainability Coalition! One more week Mountaineers! We’ve got this.

It’s Foodie Friday! We wanted to show y’all Buycott, an app that helps you shop smart and vote with your dollar!

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It’s Foodie Friday! We wanted to show y’all Buycott, an app that helps you shop smart and vote with your dollar!

Western Colorado University
Thank you to all who made this Earth Day barbecue such a huge success! Proud to be a mountaineer! 🌍 ❤️ 🌱 🏔

@leadsustainability

Thank you to all who made this Earth Day barbecue such a huge success! Proud to be a mountaineer! 🌍 ❤️ 🌱 🏔

Western Colorado University
Tomorrow is Earth Day! Come celebrate with us! We’ll be enjoying @parkerpasturesgrassfed burgers, @skabrewing beer, live music, & games! Come hang out and talk all things Earth. Join @wcujamclub afterwards for open mic night!

@leadsustainability

Tomorrow is Earth Day! Come celebrate with us! We’ll be enjoying @parkerpasturesgrassfed burgers, @skabrewing beer, live music, & games! Come hang out and talk all things Earth. Join @wcujamclub afterwards for open mic night!

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