Recycling and 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 recycling and compost bins located in all common areas of all buildings and exterior space.


  • Recycling receptacles at all campuses in all common areas


  • 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

Naropa Seed Library

Visit the Naropa Seed Library and start planting today. Located in the SUN Office on the Arapahoe Campus (near the cafe).

What is the Seed Library?
The Seed Library is home to a collection of seeds that you can take home and grow in your garden. This is a free service available to Naropa students, faculty, staff and alumni.
How does it work?

The Seed Library is located just off the Pamela Krasney Pavilion in the Student Union of Naropa (SUN) office. After selecting your seed packets, we’ll ask you to fill out a short and simple form.

How do I check the seeds out?

You don’t need to “check out” the seeds like you would check out a library book. Take what you need, fill out the form, plant your garden, and come back for more.

Do I need to return or donate seeds?

Our Seed Library is a lending library, so happily accept donations from “open-pollinated, heirloom, and/or locally-saved seeds.”

What kind of seeds do you have?

The seeds in our collection are easy to grow and great for beginners. They’re also seasonal and replenished regularly throughout the semester.

Zero Waste Training 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

Map of Zero Waste Stations at Arapahoe

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.