Founded in 2012 through the work of the Sustainability Council, the Center for Sustainability has quickly grown from a small group of dedicated students and a single full-time coordinator to a lively, accomplished community of passionate undergraduate students, graduate fellows and two full-time staff members.
Our work happens all over the DU campus, with zero-waste events in the Ritchie Center and Newman Center, the Bike Shop in Nagel Hall and food waste data collection in Nelson Hall and Centennial Halls. The Center for Sustainability’s headquarters is on the first floor of Centennial Towers — there you will find the DU Gear Garage, the DU Food Pantry and a welcoming space to discuss sustainability projects, find community and forge relationships with those who share passions and values.
The Center for Sustainability boasts a successful, holistic student internship program.
With this group of amazing interns, the Center is able to run over 20 programs spanning all areas of the sustainability field.
Meet the Director
Chad King, Sustainability Director, was DU’s first full-time sustainability staff member. He came to DU after getting his PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Arizona and working as a faculty member in Environmental Science at Ohio Dominican University. After getting heavily involved in campus sustainability at ODU, he realized his passion for working in collaboration to create more just and sustainable campuses. When the opportunity to do this work full time at the University of Denver came up, it was hard to say no to the big blue skies and endless mountain fun that Colorado has to offer. Since his arrival at DU, Chad has worked tirelessly to build connections across campus and the City of Denver, and in 2019, he received the Crimson and Gold Award for his efforts. Off-campus, Chad is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Solutions Foundation, and has served on Denver’s Mayors Bicycle Advisory Committee and Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Chad is always willing to discuss new ideas for projects, class collaborations or other dreams for a more connected, sustainable campus.
Meet the Coordinator
Emily Schosid joined DU as the Sustainability Program Coordinator in 2017, after spending a year at the Center for Sustainability as a Graduate Fellow running energy programs. Before coming to DU, she served as the Campus Sustainability Planner at Virginia Tech. She holds masters degrees in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and in Marketing from the Daniels College of Business. After working in Virginia for several years, Emily realized that she missed her hometown of Denver, and was thrilled with the opportunity to move back and continue her education at DU. Emily loves spending time with the dozens of interns she works with every year, and is always excited to hear new student ideas and to partner with offices and student organizations to make their dreams for a more just and sustainable campus possible.