Collaborating for a Healthier World
The dramatic, systemic changes needed in the face of a climate catastrophe and a rapidly changing world require cooperation at every level. A sustainable and just future cannot be achieved in a vacuum, and our success depends on collaboration between a diverse set of partners joined under a common cause.
To this end, dozens of campus and community partners have come together to bring expertise, resources and fresh perspectives to our sustainability work, amplifying the power of our efforts beyond what we can accomplish alone.
From the University's world-changing research and forward-thinking academic programming to an array of organizations across the Denver area, collaboration has become a vital and essential component of our ongoing efforts to tackle climate change, food insecurity and social injustice.
Earth Day of DU-ing
Earth Day is the annual celebration of our planet and an opportunity for transformative collective environmental action. In that spirit, the University launched the Earth Day of DU-ing, which joins the DU community, on-campus organizations and off-campus partners together on service projects that work to create a more just and sustainable city. In 2019, we brought together 13 partners to complete 16 different community-oriented sustainability projects, contributing about 700 hours of volunteer time from 230 individuals. We plan to grow those numbers each year in service of the disadvantaged in our community and the environment.
The Sustainability Council — our University-wide governance assembly for all things related to building a more just and sustainable future — includes students, staff and faculty from across campus. The Council also votes on major strategies and tactics around improvements to our community.
On-Campus Partner Highlights
Parking & Mobility Services
Working closely with the Center for Sustainability, Parking & Mobility is essential to our campus-wide efforts to improve transportation and mobility options and offer more low-emission modes of transport for students and the community.
Housing & Residential Education
The Office of Housing and Residential Education operate DU's Living and Learning Communities, some of which focus on sustainability and the environment. It also manages waste reduction programs in student residence halls.
Aramark, the University's custodial partner, collaborates with the Center for Sustainability to create proactive waste diversion programs that help our community recycle and compost as much waste as possible.
As the primary dining provider for our student body, Sodexo works with the Center for Sustainability and other University partners to source and serve sustainable food options across campus.
The University's Facilities department plays an invaluable role in improving the efficiency of our infrastructure and buildings, as well as in shaping our plans for a more sustainable future.
The long-term success of the University's plans for a sustainable future on campus hinge on the investment of time and energy from our student body, and we rely on the Office of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence to guide our initiatives and connect with our students. Working to emphasize diverse perspectives along the way, we're empowering our students to lead in our ongoing efforts in sustainability.
Partners at DU Centers & Institutes
The Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning houses the Urban Sustainability Grand Challenges Group, which tackles waste and other sustainability issues in urban settings.
The Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality conducts critical research into the various connections between systemic inequality and issues related to the environment.
DU's foremost institute associated with entrepreneurship and economic innovation, Project X-ITE is a veritable test lab of new concepts, strategies and technologies related to creating a more sustainable future.
Environmental Law Clinic
Housed in the Sturm College of Law, the Environmental Law Clinic provides legal support for communities impacted by climate change and environmental exploitation.
Economic Law Clinic
Offering firsthand experience to law students pursuing transactional law, the Community Economic Development Clinic supports community growth and revitalization projects that incorporate sustainable practices and developments.
The Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness
Hardly anyone on campus has done more research into homelessness and the effects of climate change and environmental policy on housing needs than the Burnes Center, housed in the Graduate School for Social Work.