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Colorado State University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

From individual research results from our faculty, to deliverables from extra-campus collaboration, CSU has a commitment to sharing its knowledge, research, expertise, and experiences in Sustainability. This happens through many channels and programs:

- Last year alone, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) published 34 reports across six main areas of sustainability. They presented 27 posters/presentations/talks in various University events across the country and hosted 13 events here at CSU.

- CSU researchers served as Lead Authors on current and previous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports and have led the development of the soils components of the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Their work contributed to the Panel’s sharing in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In addition, there are freely available reports and publications from all of the partnerships below.

The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

Colorado State became a ClimateWise partner in 2000, joining local businesses in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life in Fort Collins.

Directed by Michael Kostrzewa of CSU's Mechancial Engineering Department, the Colorado Anemometer Loan Program is a partnership between CSU, the Governor’s Energy Office, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Anemometers are instruments used to determine the feasibility of wind energy in a specific location. The Colorado Anemometer Loan Program assists ranchers, farmers, and homeowners in determining if their site is a good location for small scale wind turbines.

The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory includes Colorado State University, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their first major project, known as the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels or C2B2 is a research venture between large and small businesses and the Collaboratory. C2B2 will perform cutting-edge research to develop new biofuels and biorefining technologies.

CSU is an EPA's Green Power Partner, which provides a powerful platform for utilities, state agencies, and other organizations implementing energy efficiency programs to make a bigger difference in their communities. As a Green Power Partner, CSU has agreed to have at least 4% of its electric usage from green sources.

Colorado State University has forged a strong partnership with federal agencies that share research interests with the University and have located branches in Fort Collins or the region to facilitate this strong collaboration with CSU and other research partners. Federal agencies located in the region include the:
* Natural Resources Research Center
* National Center for Atmospheric Research
* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

CSU is a lead partner in the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, a clearinghouse that connects entrepreneurs and major power users with researchers and government officials, encouraging innovation, new job creation, and investment in the region.

In FY02, CSU Facilities Management joined the U.S. Green Building Council. Council members work together to develop LEED products and resources, the Greenbuild Annual International Conference and Expo, policy guidance, and educational and marketing tools that support the adoption of sustainable building.

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

CSU and CU-Boulder work together on Future Earth: an ambitious 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions and actions. The Future Earth initiative builds on decades of global change research with a goal of linking scientists, decision makers and private sector to design and develop activities to deal with such change at local and regional levels.
Future Earth is expected to mobilize roughly 60,000 scientists and students worldwide to work toward responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global change and supporting transformation toward global sustainability. The research platform will engage scientists, decision makers, business leaders and other stakeholders to address mounting societal challenges of global environmental change.

Colorado State is the sponsoring institution for Colorado’s involvement in The Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory in southeast Colorado, which provides a new window through which scientists can study the universe's highest energy particles. CSU, joined by associate member institutions Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and University of Colorado-Boulder, along with Lamar Community College, have been part of the effort since 2004 to build the Pierre Auger Observatory Northern Auger Site near Lamar.

The Colorado School of Public Health will be the first and only school of public health in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The SPH is collaboratively formed by the University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado.

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

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