CU encourages students to stay sober despite its nose-dive in environmental rankings

CU Recycling

CU Boulder sophomore Angela Korneev sorts bottles, cans and cups at the CU Recycling Center. CU’s ambitious recycling program pushed helped push it to nationwide environmental prominence. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera staff photographer)

Although once named the greenest college in the nation, CU Boulder plummeted to No. 69 in the Sierra Club’s annual ranking of “eco-enlightened” colleges and universities. Seven Colorado schools made the top 200, but both Colorado State University and Colorado College ranked higher than CU Boulder this year. The CU Board of Regents’ 2015 decision to avoid divesting from fossil fuels informed the university’s free-fall in environmental ranking.


Officials are encouraging woeful Buffs fretting over the Sierra Club rankings to avoid drowning their eco-sorrows with booze this weekend. CU’s 96-hour sobriety challenge — or Live Free Weekend — takes place Thurs through Sun, and encourages students to find substance-free sources of fun. About 2,000 students participated last year, and the weekend will feature events such as yoga, hockey, climbing and tango lessons.


The US government’s recent attack on for-profit colleges is just as sobering. The Education Department formally disavowed the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit universities on Thurs. Officials cited negligent oversight and relaxed standards perpetuated by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The decision came in the wake of ITT Tech’s closures last week and more than 600,000 students will feel the ramifications if officials uphold the decision.


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