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Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

About Us

Our History

The Center for Sustainability was founded in the summer of 2012. Housed in the Johnson-McFarlane residence hall, it serves as the hub for all the sustainability-related activity on campus as well as a catalyst for change and collaboration.

The Center grew out of the many efforts of the Sustainability Council, which is an active group of students, staff, and faculty, who have been instrumental in leading many steps to sustainability. This council formed soon after the Chancellor signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment, committing the University of Denver to being carbon neutral by 2050.

In the past year, the Center has been involved in many projects, including zero-waste hockey games, authentic interdisciplinary class projects, launching of a campus bike program, greenhouse gas audit, and much more.

Check out our Timeline to learn more about sustainability at DU!

Our Mission

The Mission of the Center is to multiply the good of many so that all may flourish.

Engage. Innovate. Flourish.

Our Purpose

The Center for Sustainability connects groups and individuals across campus and in our community to work towards a more just, equitable, and sustainable system of development through programming, events, policy initiatives, and partnerships.

Meet Our Staff

  • Chad King

    Chad King, PhD

    University Sustainability Coordinator

  • Mandilyn Beck

    Research Assistant, Food

  • Mollie Doerner

    Office Project Manager

  • Jack Foersterling

    Bike Mechanic

  • Brandon Gellis

    Research Assistant, Graphic Design

  • McKenna Hamilton

    Outreach Manager

  • Michael Hansen

    Research Assistant, Food

  • Dexter Rowland

    Bike Mechanic

  • Andrew Smith

    Bike Mechanic

  • Jackson Valenzuela

    Bike Mechanic


There are many opportunities to work in the Center for Sustainability as an intern or as a paid student employee.  Contact if you are interested in joining our team.