Recycling & Zero Waste

Naropa University's Zero Waste goal is to mindfully support the university in being a sustainable system where resources are fully used and waste is reduced to a minimum. Naropa currently boasts an 80% diversion rate, thanks in large part to the campus-wide recycing and compost bins located in all common areas of all buildings and exterior space. Naropa University is now a Green Star Business Network member!

 Students conducting campus waste audit   Zero Waste Station

Students conducting campus waste audit



  • Composting bins at all campuses in all common areas
  • 100% of landscaping waste is either composted on-site or locally
  • On-site compost is returned to the campus as fertilizer
  • All Snow Lion residents are provided with kitchen composting bins
  • The Naropa Cafés, operated by the local non-profit organization Bridge House, either compost what little food waste they produce or use the unbought food to feed the homeless population at their main kitchen location off-campus

Zero waste trainings at naropa

As part of compliance with the new Zero Waste Ordinance in Boulder County, the Office for Sustainability and Eco-Cycle staff offer regular zero waste trainings for staff, faculty and students. For more information or to schedule a zero waste training for your class or department, please email