Opportunities to Get Involved

No matter what role you play at DU — from undergraduate students to tenured professors, graduate assistants to senior administrators — there are ways for you to engage with sustainability at DU. Your ability and desire to create change on campus is how we will all succeed, together.

The 2021 Sustainability Conference is now seeking presentation proposals!


This year, for the first time, the Sustainability Conference is further fostering a spirit of collaboration and learning from within our community by putting out an open call for proposals. We are interested to hear from anyone at DU who would like to teach the DU Sustainability Community more about their area of expertise – whether that is a skill (or set of skills), a particular content area, or an update from your department or field of study. All of the contributions from our community are valuable and we want to create a bigger platform for sharing that work.

The 2021 Sustainability Conference will take place January 28-30, with a full roster of events available at the start of the Winter quarter.

Check out the full RFP here


Sustainability Council

The Sustainability Council is open to everyone in the DU community and is where the larger goals and strategy for sustainability at DU are discussed. The full council meets one time per quarter, with smaller committees meeting monthly — this is “where the work gets done.” The Council is your opportunity to have your voice heard as we move toward a more just and sustainable campus. Leave a lasting mark on campus by helping to craft policies that will drive decision-making at DU, put together action plans that will form the map we follow toward our goals or write goals for the short or long term.

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Sustainability Conference

Every Winter Quarter, the Center for Sustainability hosts the annual Sustainability Conference, which seeks to bring together all students, staff and faculty who are passionate about working on sustainability at DU in order to connect, coordinate and collaborate. The Conference is always shifting based on feedback and needs from previous attendees, always seeking to offer a fun, engaging and educational space for people to learn together and plan The Next Big Thing. Additionally, the conference offers concurrent sessions that seek to teach content and skills to attendees in order to set them up for success in their work to make tangible changes at DU.

Are you interested in teaching a workshop at the Sustainability Conference? Email Emily at emily.schosid@du.edu.

Are you interested in attending the next conference? Registration typically opens at the end of Fall Quarter, and the Conference takes place during the first few weeks of Winter Quarter. Email sustainability@du.edu for more information and for the registration form.

Diversity Summit

The Diversity Summit has acted as an important space for students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students to hold meaningful conversations, think critically about the word “diversity” and what it means at DU, and determine how to move forward to create an inclusive and equitable campus for nearly 20 years. The Diversity Summit harnesses the connective potential of our experiences, personal realities and learnings, forging a path forward through concerted, meaningful and combined efforts. Through skill-building workshops, informative panel discussions, impactful lectures and inspiring events, attendees will consider the question of “How do we get to ‘WE’?”

Learn more about the Diversity Summit here.

Earth Day of DU-ing

The Earth Day of DU-ing seeks to immerse the DU community in the school’s vision of a private University for the public good. Organizing with more than a dozen community partners focused on justice and sustainability in Denver, this event sends students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends out into the wider Denver community to make a tangible and meaningful difference in our city’s vibrant neighborhoods.

Inspired by excellent partnerships with organizations in the wider Denver community, this event focuses on making Earth Day into a single day of widespread action. Through a planning partnership between the Center for Sustainability, the Center for Community Engagement to promote Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), Advancement, Alumni Engagement, Parent and Family Engagement and the Community + Values Initiative, we work to create a truly One DU event.

Spend your Earth Day DU-ing some good in one of Denver’s beautiful neighborhoods, getting to know your fellow DU community members and working with one of our amazing community partners. Check back for more information on the next Earth Day of DU-ing!

Interested in hosting a volunteer project for Earth Day of DU-ing? Interested in bringing your whole staff to volunteer together? Email Emily and emily.schosid@du.edu.

HR 14ers Initiative

Human Resources and Inclusive Community (HRIC) works to provide staff at DU the resources they need to live full, healthy and balanced lives. Part of this is offering their People Development “14ers Program,” which provides a centralized, campus-wide container for professional and personal development classes, workshops, programs and experiences to the University of Denver faculty and staff. Using the beautiful Colorado mountains as the backdrop, this program highlights the many diverse professional development offerings through a series of pathways, with each pathway having its own focus, curriculum and criteria. The Quandary Peak pathway is dedicated to Sustainability education, and gives staff the opportunity to deeply engage with how to bring a more sustainable outlook to their work.

Learn more about the 14ers program here.

Bridge Community Garden

Located at the corner of Race Street and Iliff Ave, the Bridge Community Garden offers a growing green oasis at the south side of campus. DU community members are able to rent a garden plot for a growing season, which makes it possible for people without space at their own homes to garden and produce their own food. Additionally, the Bridge Garden hosts several public workdays to help maintain the garden beds, shared spaces and compost piles during the fall and spring quarters, which serve as a great opportunity to meet others at DU, get your hands dirty and learn more about what the garden is doing.

Interested in renting a garden plot or volunteering at a future garden workday? Email Julie at julie.morris@du.edu.

Interested in staying up to date with the awesome plants all over campus? Follow the Bridge Garden on Facebook and Instagram.

Center for Sustainability Events

students running a sustainability table

Every quarter, the Center for Sustainability hosts a huge sustainability fair intended to offer an array of opportunities to learn, engage, have fun, eat and take home some great sustainability swag. Fall quarter’s event features a Shop and Swap clothing thrift store and the winter quarter features the annual Local Market, which highlights locally and sustainably produced foods by small companies all over Colorado. Spring quarter focuses on the Earth Day of DU-ing and collecting donations during Move-Out. Beyond these larger events, the Center for Sustainability also hosts a variety of smaller events from Mobility Munchies, garden workdays and many more. Follow the Center for Sustainability on Facebook to get the scoop on all the ways to be involved!

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