Mission Zero works with the University of Colorado Boulder to empower students to pursue climate action through curriculum, projects, and events - with the support of faculty and donors.

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Climate Solutions

Mission Zero has targeted nine areas of challenge and opportunity to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. While there are many other activities we can alter to reduce our carbon footprint, these climate solution tracks are ones we have identified as areas of greatest impact.


Decreasing Industrial EmissionsDecreasing Industry Emissions

Industrial activities such as manufacturing, food processing, construction and mining result in CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel combustion as well as the chemical processes used in producing steel and cement. Industry also generates indirect emissions from the vast amounts of energy it consumes. What are the easiest low-emission alternatives to industrial processes, and what’s preventing their adoption? Can consumer demand influence large industry to make major system overhauls? Is carbon capture and sequestration the only option for some processes? Would a carbon tax have the intended effect of moving industry to greener practices? What forces have affected policymaking, and can these be swayed?


Mission Zero Starts Here

A global powerhouse in climate research and action, The University of Colorado Boulder has positioned itself not only as a leader in the fight against climate change, but as the appropriate starting point for a global movement to save our planet.

CU is ground zero for Mission Zero. Where powerful climate stories are being created that will shift behaviors and rally widespread optimism. It starts here, and then it grows.



“The technology exists if we wanted to fix climate change. If there were no barriers with implementation or politics… we could do it.”

— Daphna Margalit, "Grid vs. Evil" Team

“This is our future. This is our planet. This is our world.”

— Noah Saidy, "Grid vs. Evil" Team

“I've been concerned about climate change for as long as I can remember. That's why I chose engineering school, to come up with some solutions to sustainability, specifically in renewable energy.”

— Simon Julien, "Latimer Controls" Team

“Mission Zero is a big part of the community trying to figure out how we can solve climate change.”

— Bridger Keally, "Latimer Controls" Team

Understand. Imagine. Inspire.

We fund initiatives for CU students, faculty and community members to share ideas about climate and advocate for solutions. Here’s what we’re doing:

For Students

Sustainability Showcase

New Venture Challenge

Climate Writing


Project Funding

For Faculty

Lunch and Learns

Climate Justice

Research Labs

Climate Curriculum Workshops

Climate Storytelling Training

For Community Members


Mentoring Programs



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“It’s not an engineering problem. It’s not a business problem. It’s everybody’s problem.  Any student can be part of Mission Zero”

— Scott King