Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Colorado State University, established in 1870, is based in Fort Collins, CO, and is a top public research university. CSU campuses include over 12.5 million GSF of classroom, office, lab, athletic and mixed-use buildings. Currently, there are 38 LEED certified buildings and the performance of 173 properties are tracked via an ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® account. CSU is the only institution in the world to earn three Platinum Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) ratings from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


50% GHG reduction in 10 years
10% reduction in Energy Intensity


Better Climate Challenge   Better Buildings Alliance

CSU adopted its first Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2010 with the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In 2021 CSU updated this goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2040. CSU also has a goal to utilize 100% renewable electricity by 2030. A 2022 update to the CSU CAP includes eight broad categories but highlights the importance of decarbonizing buildings and the energy used to operate them. The three most significant strategies to reduce emissions include 1) improve the energy efficiency of buildings, both existing and new 2) expand renewable electricity generated on CSU campuses and purchased from our utility providers, and 3) implement beneficial electrification projects alongside the conversion of a district heating system from steam to hot water. 

Colorado State University is based in Fort Collins, CO, and is a top public research university.

Climate Challenge Commitment
12 MillionSquare Feet
GHG Emissions Goals
50%Reduction in Scope 1 & 2 Emissions