Celebrate Earth Day at the LSC

#CSUEarthWeek

Colorado State has so many green initiatives, we’ll need a whole week to celebrate sustainability. In honor of Earth Day, CSU dedicated the entire week following Earth Day to events that celebrate sustainability and environmentally conscientious practices.

The week kicked off with the Earth Day Festival, which took place in the Lory Student Center’s Sutherland Community Garden. This is an annual event that has grown each year, and this year’s festival featured a live band, The Salmon Famine, as well as multiple tables set up by different organizations. Housing & Dining Services had a compost display, Eco-Leaders had a sustainability board set up for students to make commitments to becoming more sustainable in their daily lives, and there were multiple informational booths and environmental petitions being circulated.

Colorado State is committed to sustainability every day of the year, but Earth Week highlights and informs the community about the ways the University stays dedicated to environmental initiatives on campus.

2018 Earth Day Festival: Eco Leaders and Warner College of Natural Resources tables

 

Evan Salzman, student and lead event programmer at RamEvents, explained the terrarium building activity at the RamEvents table. The activity allowed students to choose succulent plants and and pots to decorate with stones and shells. “We are looking to provide an enriching and entertaining experience for all CSU students on Earth Day. Activities like this really help students get interested and excited about sustainability and Earth Week,” Salzman said.

“We are looking to provide an enriching and entertaining experience for all CSU students on Earth Day. Activities like this really help students get interested and excited about sustainability and earth week.” – Evan Salzman, lead event programmer at RamEvents.

 

Colorado Sate is the first university in the world to have its sustainability efforts rewarded platinum twice by STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). STARS is an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 800 universities around the world and is considered the most prestigious measurement of sustainability performance in higher education.

In embracing its sustainability mission, the LSC has pursued LEED certifications. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for design, construction, and operation of high-performing sustainable buildings. There are four levels of certification under the LEED system: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The LSC currently has LEED Silver certifications for the North End (Transit Center); Central and South (Theatre) ; this establishes the LSC as a “green” building on campus. From creating more waste diversion options by composting to supporting the sustainable agriculture movement and by buying locally produced meats, cheeses, beers, and produce to serve in the Aspen Grille dining room, the LSC continues to make improvements toward sustainability, according to Facilities Management.

Areas in the LSC that are LEED certified:

  1. Transit Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2007. First LEED Gold building on campus.
  2. Lory Student Center Revitalization: Achieved LEED Silver in 2016
  3. Lory Student Center Theatre Renovation: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold in 2012

The 2013 LSC renovations also helped the building become more sustainable. Key outcomes from the LSC renovations include:

  • 17% energy cost reduction
  • 35% water use reduction
  • 56% of existing building maintained
  • 21% recycled/salvaged materials
  • 100% of the building’s electricity offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Educational signage to create occupant awareness of the building’s high-performance features and green building strategy

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is dedicated to promoting a supportive, creative, and inclusive learning environment by developing campus community through a diversity of high‐quality, student‐centered programs and services.

Introducing Brand Markers to Illustrate Key Moments and Events

Brand Markers illustrating Colorado State’s history serve to draw attention to important developments in the University’s past. Brand Markers are four inch metal discs engraved with images that capture specific instances or represent an event or person.  They are ways to commemorate the CSU community as a whole outside of the Lory Student Center, and they celebrate accomplishments that directly affect the University’s community. Fort Collins and Colorado State have built their  communities and cultures around one another, and they have grown together since our land-grant university’s founding in 1870.

Each symbol  celebrates key moments and significant events  in the community’s past while promoting the land-grant mission. We are honored to be representing this shared history. Brand Markers are located throughout the LSC and we will be featuring a new set every two weeks on the website and the Digital Displays.

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Get your Green On’ Fridays

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Rams!

Its a great weekend to celebrate Irish culture, hit your favorite pub for some corned beef and cabbage, and of course, wear green! On St. Patrick’s Day, wearing green typically symbolizes Irish pride (and helps you hide from leprechauns), but in Fort Collins, wearing green shows Ram Pride.

Every Friday is a “Get Your Green On” celebration at the Lory Student Center and throughout the Colorado State University/Fort Collins community! So no need to pack away your favorite green attire and that odd green sweater you wear only once a year.

“Get Your Green On” connects CSU to local businesses around Fort Collins and creates something everyone in the community can rally behind and celebrate, the CSU Rams!

 

There are benefits to wearing green and CSU gear on Fridays – such as earning discounts and freebies at establishments around town or being featured on LSC social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The requirements to get your picture featured and gain some Ram followers are simple: Take a photo in the LSC, post it on Instagram using the hashtags #GetYourGreenOn, and wait to receive a comment from the LSC Marketing Team asking permission to feature your photo on LSC social media platforms!

“If you are trying to get your photo featured, just make sure it is in the LSC and you are wearing green and having fun with it,” said Alyssa Nevergold, LSC marketing social media creative. “We are trying to promote CSU and Ram Pride, so get creative because only the best get chosen each week!”

Every Friday is a another chance to win, so show us what you’ve got! Be careful this St.Patrick’s Day and take care of your fellow Rams, even if that means lending them your favorite green CSU hoodie so they don’t get pinched!

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.