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CU prides itself on being one of the few schools in Colorado to take environmental initiatives. One club that is recognized on campus is LEAF club, which stands for Learning and Environmental Awareness Force. The goal of LEAF club is to cover different projects made by students, faculty and administration to push CU’s green footprint forward and farther. This club wants to raise awareness of recycling and how to do it properly which has become an issue that needs to be addressed. CU has begun using compostable materials which is great, but there are not enough receptacles around campus to accommodate the compostables. It’s kind of a one step forward, two steps back type situation because the to-go containers that are supplied at the dining halls are only recyclable by the bins at those dining halls. Since there are not enough recycle bins for these containers around campus, they end up just getting thrown out in normal trash cans which defeats the whole purpose of recycling in the first place. Another issue is that there is a recycling symbol on the bottom of the container which confuses people into thinking they can be recycled in normal recycling bins. However, that is not the case, these to-go containers can only be compostable through the university’s disposal facility.

I learned about this club in my Environmental Cinema class. We had a member of the club come and explain what it is about and the projects to get involved in. I’m proud of CU for becoming more eco-friendly but there are a lot of issues that students don’t know about that could help our school’s green footprint. For more information about this club, go to


Lily is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies along with a certificate in Business. She is originally from Scarborough, Maine, but decided to venture to Colorado for it's beauty and to get back in touch with her birth place which is Boulder. She is a Film Studies major because she is very interested in the behind the scenes of what goes into making a film. Not only that, but her favourite hobby in the world is to watch movies. She recently went abroad to Sydney, Australia to get a taste of a different culture. While being there, she learned to not take life too seriously, and to slow things down. The Australian lifestyle can really teach a person how to be chill. You can find Lily at the movies, hanging on Pearl Street having a beer with friends, or at the breathtaking lookout of Flagstaff enjoying the view.