Energy & Climate
Naropa University is committed to achieving Climate Neutrality by 2040. Naropa emerged as a leader in climate action by becoming one of the first universities in the nation to purchase 100% of its electricity use from wind power in 1998. The longstanding dedication to environmental stewardship and climate action was more formalized in 2007 when former President Thomas Coburn signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) thereby officially committing the university to climate neutrality. In the 2008 Strategic Plan, Naropa adopted an aspiration to “model a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable working and learning environment through its facilities and its practices.” And in 2012 Naropa’s Board of Trustees adopted a Statement of Commitment to the Practice of Sustainability that further solidified its climate neutrality and sustainability aspirations, rooted in contemplative education and action.
Over the years, Naropa has implemented many energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects. We are committed to constructing all new buildings to Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) standards. Our newest building on the Arapahoe Campus, the Pavilion, derives the majority of its electricity from solar energy. See real time solar data feedback from the Pavilion.
Naropa also became one of a few universities, and the only in Colorado, to divest its endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies. Learn more.