CU’s LEAF Club
Photo Credit: LEAFclub.org
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 http://dcmp-leafclub.org