UCCS Commitments


UCCS Commitments

Social, economic, and ecological values have been integrated into the policies, programs, and practices of UCCS. Strategic planning helps UCCS achieve this integration as well as the goal of institutionalizing and creating a culture of sustainability on campus.

View the 2030 Sustainability Strategic Plan!

Current Plans:

UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan 2022 - 2030
Building on the achievement of many of the goals in 2020 UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan, faculty, staff, and students, collaborated to develop sustainability strategies for the next 8 years. This guiding document aligns with AASHE STARS, UN SDGs, UCCS 2030 Strategic Plan, CU Strategic Plan 2021-2026, and the CU + UCCS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Values.

UCCS Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (VCAF) - Assessment 2017
Fiscal year 2016-17, six offices were charged as the first groups of the VCAF department to complete an internal assessment with expectations of a two year check-in and a four year renewal. The Office of Sustainability completed this through an open conversation with three full-time staff, two part-time student supervisors, and three part-time student assistants. See the linked poster for an overview of the process, conclusions drawn, and goals set for the next four years.

UCCS Climate Action Plan 2010
As an original signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs formed the Climate Action Committee to analyze and project a date by which the campus could attain carbon neutrality.

UCCS Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan 2014
The 2014 University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Recreational Trails Micro-Master Plan provides a strategy for implementing a trail system that is both a recreational amenity and an alternative transportation experience.

UCCS Heller Center Master Plan 2009
The master plan is intended to be used as a guide for the future improvements to the property and to assist in the development of the programs and activities that will be implemented.

UCCS Office of the Chancellor - Strategic Plan 2030
Official Strategic Plan 2030

UCCS Campus Master Plan
Master Planning Drafts

Previous Plans:

UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan 2012 - 2020
Building on the achievement of many of the goals in 2007 Sustainability Strategic Plan, faculty, staff, and students, collaborated to develop sustainability strategies for the next 8 years. This effort also informed the UCCS Strategic Plan 2012-2020.

UCCS Office of the Chancellor - Strategic Planning 2020
Official Strategic Plan 2020
Vision and Values of Excellence

UCCS Sustainability Strategic Plan 2007
On August 31, 2006, Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak initiated the Sustainability Strategic Plan. The Chancellor charged a diverse group of more than 40 faculty, staff, and students with creating a five-year action plan for sustainability at UCCS by March 1, 2007. This final report was incorporated in the overall strategic plan for UCCS and approved by the CU Board of Regents.

UCCS Strategic Plan 2007-2012
For the first time UCCS specifically targeted sustainability as one of its 15 overall strategic goals for the University. The plan focuses on being a sustainability leader in the Pikes Peak region, stewardship of the natural environment, a commitment to high performance buildings, decreased resource usage and greenhouse gas emissions, an increase in local and organic foods and the development of a sustainability awards program.

2006 Facilities Strategic Plan
The UCCS Facilities Strategic Plan Update is based upon the premise that sustainable design and development involves balancing economic, environmental and social considerations throughout the life of a campus and its buildings. Sustainable design principles in this plan include pedestrian scaled development, mixed use planning, dedication of abundant open and recreational space, and energy efficient building orientation. The Facilities Strategic Plan Update builds upon the 2000 plan, with a dedicated look at the North Nevada property and includes concepts for an arena, research complex, and space for U.S. Olympic National Governing body organizations.

Sustainability Goals for UCCS - Final Report 2005
In 2005, as part of the Inventing the Future strategic planning initiative, Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak, convened the UCCS Sustainability Task Force. This task force produced the UCCS Sustainability Goals Final Report which communicated an overall sustainability vision for UCCS and identified goals in the areas of operations, curriculum, and leadership.

Regent & State Policies: 

CU Board of Regents: 

Board Resolution CU Sustainability and Practices 11/11/2009


Governor's Executive Orders: 

B 2019-002 Executive Order Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles 01/17/2019

D 2018-026 Executive Order Greening of State Government 11/18/2018

D 2015-013 Executive Order Greening of State Government 10/28/2015