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Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability

Food and Gardens

DU proudly partners with Denver Urban Gardens to provide an on-campus garden called The Bridge located across from Boettcher West at 2318 S. Race St. The Bridge community garden provides opportunities for the DU and neighborhood community to participate in local food production as well as learn about sustainable gardening practices. Some of our Food and Gardens programs include:

Community Garden Work Days

The Garden Committee is focused on increasing gardens of all types on campus. Community Garden Work Days could be focused on any of the following: building new gardens, planting, weeding, mulching, composting, harvesting, and other duties as needed. These workdays are focused in the fall and spring quarters, with planning and the occasional work-day in the winter quarter as weather permits. Check out our events page to see when the next workday will take place and join us!

Farmers Markets

The Farmers' Market is a twice a year event that celebrates the different sustainability initiatives on campus. While there is a strong emphasis on food, the Market has featured live music, food trucks, student and community vendors, and outdoor yoga. The Farmers' Market seeks to bring students, faculty, and staff together to foster conversation about eating sustainably, organically, and locally. It also serves as a focal point to talk about larger problems of sustainability through our food systems. The farmers markets take place in the Fall and Spring quarters. Check our events page to see when the next farmers market will take place.

Real Food Challenge

In 2014, the University of Denver and Sodexo signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, pledging to buy at least 20% real food annually by 2020. This pledge means Sodexo will use its tremendous purchasing power to support a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability and facilitates community engagement.

In order to ensure progress towards that goal, Center for Sustainability staff and students provide purchasing audits of all food for the residence halls. The auditing process is a combination of collecting spreadsheets/invoices from Sysco and Sodexo and then entering them into the Real Food Calculator which produce insightful reports on the progress of these goals. 

College Local Food Challenge

Partnering with the Food Law Society and City of Denver's Office of Economic Development, the College Local Food Challenge is a full-day symposium where universities across Colorado can come together and address issues in sustainable campus food policy. This event takes place annually in the Spring Quarter. Check back here for more information closer to Spring Quarter or sign up for our Listserv to get updates about this event.