Our group has identified five major initiatives—in transportation, green space, energy, food sourcing and curriculum—to incorporate sustainable practices in the University and bridge to opportunities in the broader Denver community. First, we have investigated sustainable transportation options as part of our Transportation Master Plan, and are in the final stages of launching a pilot project with Lyft ride sharing service to provide discounted fares for shared rides for community members within one mile of the University of Denver light rail station. Second, we have submitted a pilot project to the administration for consideration that would recruit a cluster of DU faculty to explore how interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning would enhance the Metro Denver Nature Alliance’s efforts. Partnering with CCESL’s Community Engaged Fellows program, this project has started to explore interest in the topic. Twenty-eight people came together at the first meeting to learn more about the Metro DNA and hear about additional sources of support to undertake projects in partnership with the alliance. Individuals from a wide range of university disciplines attended the meeting including: business, chemistry, biology, geography, psychology, social work, anthropology, education, and law. Of the attendees, 21 were faculty members from 9 academic divisions, 3 staff members (CCESL, Sustainability, Honors) and 3 graduate students.
We have also identified and implemented programs that increase energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint, including a potential pilot project to partner with a local solar company to develop and participate in a community solar farm. We are working to promote purchases from local and regional sources in the University’s food procurement process. Finally, we are beginning conversations about developing and supporting interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level. We plan to work with a number of other clusters with overlapping goals to further this conversation.
Program Developer, Daniels College of Business
Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Professor, Sturm College of Law
Teaching Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment
Teaching Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Teaching Associate Professor, Writing Program
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enterprise Services
Lecturer and Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and Assistant Professor of the Practice, Sturm College of Law